Nov. 12, 1999
BERKELEY - Kiki Williams, a 6-1 forward from San Rafael, and Latasha O'Keith, a 5-7 point guard from Harbor City, have signed letters of intent to play basketball at Cal beginning with the 2000-2001 season, head coach Marianne Stanley announced today.
"Both Kiki and Latasha are classy kids, who are winners. We expect both of them to make an immediate contribution to our program," said Stanley. "Kiki is an extremely versatile player, who can post up, rebound, shoot the three and play in a pressing up-tempo style. Latasha is a natural leader, who has outstanding court awareness and makes everyone around her better. She is quick, aggressive and plays hard all of the time."
Cal's associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Barbara Thaxton added, "Kiki brings the promise of success to us right away with her ability to play both the small forward and power forward positions. Latasha knows what it takes to win and will bring immediate help at the point guard position. I'm excited to have two athletes of outstanding athletic and academic caliber join our team."
Williams led Terra Linda High School to the 1999 Marin County Athletic League title as a junior, averaging 22 points and 11 rebounds per game. For her efforts last year, she was named league player of the year and San Francisco Examiner first team All-Metro. She also was named first team all-league as a sophomore and second team all-league as a junior. During her first three years in high school, she has averaged close to a triple-double with 21.6 ppg, 11.0 rpg and 8.0 apg.
With the addition of O'Keith, next season Cal will feature three players from Narbonne High School, which is currently ranked No. 1 nationally by USA Today. Golden Bear freshman forward Amber White and redshirt sophomore forward Kawai Matthews graduated from Narbonne. As a junior, O'Keith was selected her team's Defensive Player of the Year and to the all-tournament team of the Oregon City Tournament. O'Keith also was named MVP of the 1997 Watts Summer Games. During her first three prep seasons, she has averaged 11.3 points, eight assists, five rebounds and four steals per game.