Nov. 8, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. - Lenita Sanford, Kelsey Adrian and Rachelle Federico have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball at California beginning with the 2007-08 season, Golden Bears second-year head coach Joanne Boyle announced Wednesday. All Star Girls Report ranks Cal's 2007 recruiting class No. 24 nationally.
"We are very excited about this year's class," said Boyle. "Lenita, Kelsey and Rachelle will help with our depth issues and will contribute immediately. They were excited that we're an up-and-coming program on the national scene and that we had needs for all of their positions. As we continue to build this program, all three of them will be factors in our future success."
Sanford, a 6-2 power forward from Inglewood, Calif., is ranked No. 9 nationally by All Star Girls Report, No. 18 by Blue Star Index and No. 24 by HoopGurlz.com. Sanford helped her powerhouse club team, Finest Basketball Club, win the Deep South Classic and Tournament of Champions on the adidas circuit last year. As a junior at Lynwood High School, Sanford averaged 15 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks per game to earn her third Street & Smith honorable mention All-America selection and third spot on the Cal Hi Sports first team. The adidas All-American has propelled Lynwood to two CIF Section titles, earning junior All-America kudos from Student Sports Magazine. As a freshman, Cal Hi Sports named her Freshman of the Year.
"Lenita plays on great AAU and high school teams," Boyle said. "Both of their philosophies are to press, play defense, rebound and to create their offense off of their defense. Lenita is an incredible shot blocker. She'll add athleticism to our post game. She's fearless, has a knack for being around the ball and is a tireless worker."
Adrian, a 6-1 guard/forward from Langley, British Columbia, is one of 12 student-athletes in Canada's National Elite Development Academy (NEDA), where she trains for half the day and goes to school for the other half. Adrian is a member of the Canadian junior and senior national teams and helped Canada to a 10th-place finish at the 2006 FIBA World Championships as the youngest player (age 17) at the event.
At Brookswood High School, Adrian was a three-time Athlete of the Year and garnered the Provincial and Fraser Valley MVP honors. She has helped her school to three Provincial titles and to a Nike Tournament of Champions crown. Adrian has also participated in volleyball, soccer and cross country at Brookswood High School.
"Kelsey has gained a lot of experience playing for the Canadian national team," Boyle said. "Her knowledge of the game is excellent. She will fit into our system very well with her versatility. Kelsey is a big guard with an excellent shooting touch and loves to score in transition."
Federico, who is a 5-11 guard from Tucson, Ariz., earned honorable mention Street & Smith All-America recognition in 2005 and 2006. After averaging 15 points and six rebounds per game as a junior, she was chosen second-team all-state, Southern Arizona Player of the Year and Southern Region Player of the Year. As a sophomore, Federico earned first-team Southern region and second-team All-Southern Arizona. Last season, she helped Flowing Wells High School to a runner-up finish at the state championship. She plays club basketball for Team Alaska, which is based in Anchorage, Alaska. Federico is also an accomplished softball player, receiving second-team All-Southern Arizona accolades last season.
"Rachelle will add depth to our guard position," Boyle said. "She understands the game very well and will contribute with her shooting ability. She is a transition guard who will help create a more up-tempo game for us."