Talented and tough, Schuller’s 2013 recruiting class expected to raise level of competition on the squad
Eastern Washington University head women’s basketball coach Wendy Schuller has announced the signing of four high-school standouts to national letters of intent.
Eastern’s 2013 recruiting class includes Spokane native Jade Redmon, 5-9 guard Bethany Montgomery out of Tacoma, Wash., 6-0 forward Haley Shaner from Sacramento, Calif., and 6-3 center Marly Anderson of Hillsboro, Ore., who ranks among the top 60 nationally for her position, according to Hoopgurlz.com.
“We are really excited about this class,” said Schuller. “The goal for recruiting is pretty simple - find players who will make your team better. I think we have certainly done that with these four.”
“This is a very competitive group,” said Schuller. “Watching them play, you can just tell these kids do not like to lose. They will scratch and claw and fight to do whatever they have to do to win. That is the kind of mentality we are looking for, and it’s something that will make our entire team better every single day. The competitive nature of this class definitely gives them an opportunity to come in and make an immediate impact, in practice, in games, in everything we do.”
Jade Redmon is a standout for Mead High School. She was a 2012 All-Greater Spokane League First-Team selection, averaging a team-leading 14.6 points per game during her junior campaign. A dual-sport athlete, Redmon also excelled as a member of the girls soccer team, earning All-GSL honorable mention accolades as a defender in 2011. Recently, she helped lead the Panthers to an Elite Eight berth in the 2012 4A State Soccer Championships.
Outside of her high school career, Redmon plays for the eminent Northwest Blazers AAU team, under coach Steve Klees. In 2012, her Northwest Blazers Orange team earned a 43-2 record. The club team captured the End of Trail Music City Madness Tournament title in Nashville, Tenn., where Redmon was selected to the all-tournament team. The Orange also won the elite division championship at the MSNM Tournament in San Diego, Calif.
Redmon comes from a family of successful collegiate athletes. Her older sister, Jazmine, is a junior point guard with the nationally-acclaimed Gonzaga women’s basketball team, while mother, Shaney, was a track and field athlete at Washington State University. Coincidentally, Shaney was coached at WSU by Eastern’s current head track and field coach, Marcia Mecklenburg.
Coach Schuller on Redmon:
“Jade is great player, who is just tough as nails. She will do whatever it takes to get the job done. She handles it really well, can get into the lane and can be a major threat in the open floor. She fits in really well with our style, and how we like to play. She is also going to help us defensively in terms of pressuring the ball and getting into passing lanes.”
Bethany Montgomery comes to Eastern from Wilson High School in Tacoma, Wash. Montgomery is a three-time All-Narrows League selection, earning first-team honors as a freshman and junior, and second-team accolades as a sophomore. She was a Tacoma News Tribune All-Area second-team selection in 2012 and earned All-Area Honorable Mention from the Seattle Times that same year. As a junior, she averaged 13.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.4 steals for WHS. Montgomery led the Rams to a Narrows League title in 2012 with a perfect 10-0 record. Her team went on to finish second in the West Central District that year with a 20-4 overall mark. Montgomery also lettered in track and field, and was the Narrows League high jump champion in 2012.
Montgomery has earned the WIAA Distinguished Scholastic Award for three-consecutive years and was a finalist for Tacoma Athlete of the Year in 2010.
Coach Schuller on Montgomery:
“Bethany has great length, and is just a really smooth player. She has that scoring mentality we were looking for in a guard, and definitely has a little flare in her game. She is really good in that up-tempo style. Bethany is also a solid defender who can help us do some different things on that end of the floor."
Haley Shaner, a 6-0 forward out of West Campus High School in Sacramento, Calif., is the reigning two-time Golden Empire League MVP, and was a 2012 Sacramento Bee All-Metro second-team selection. Averaging 16.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and just over two assists, steals and blocks per game in 2012, Shaner led her team a runner-up finish in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championships. The Warriors reached the section title game for the first time in school history after a 50-47 upset of rival Colfax in the semifinals, which marked West Campus’ 19th-consecutive win of the 2011-12 season. Shaner registered a game-high 14 points and nine rebounds in the historic win. She also led her team to two-consecutive Golden Empire League titles, including a perfect 10-0 run in 2012.
Coach Schuller on Shaner:
“Haley is a cerebral player who works extremely hard. She comes from a really good system, and has played for a great coach. She just knows how to play the game. Haley is one of those players who I think is going to do all the little things for us. She is a good passer, she can score when she needs to, and she can defend and hold her ground. She is one of the earliest commitments we’ve had since I’ve been here. Haley is excited about coming to Eastern and being an Eagle, and we are thrilled to have her in our program.”
Marly Anderson is rated as the No. 55 recruit in the nation for her position, according to Hoopgurlz.com. She is a three-year starter for the Glencoe Crimson Tide in Hillsboro, Ore., and also plays for one of the top club teams in the nation - Team Concept. Anderson is a three-time All-Pacific Conference selection, which includes first-team honors in 2012. As a junior, she averaged 12.0 points and 9.8 rebounds per game to help lead her team to a 6A-4 Pacific Conference regular-season title. Behind a 21-point, 12-rebound performance from Anderson in the opening round, the Crimson Tide advanced to the Elite Eight of the Class 6A Oregon State Championships in 2012.
With Team Concept, Anderson played alongside 6-5 post Mercedes Russell - the nation’s top-rated recruit for 2013. The five-star recruit and Oregon Class 5A Player of the Year signed with Tennessee on Wednesday (Nov. 14).
Coach Schuller on Anderson:
“Marly is a long post player, who can shoot the ball really well. She has a really nice stroke, and just has that ability to extend the defense. Coming from one of the top club teams in the nation, she really understands the game, and just wants to compete. She is going challenge our other post players every single day.”