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ASU Women's Basketball signs 3 players during early-signing period

JONESBORO, Ark. (11/10/10) – Arkansas State head women's basketball coach Brian Boyer announced Wednesday that post players Jasmine Hunt (Houston, Texas), Laura Reel (Wagoner, Okla.) and Kieanna Wharton (Indianapolis, Ind.) have all signed National Letters of Intent to continue their careers with the Red Wolves. 

Hunt, 6'2", is currently averaging 13 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots per game during her senior season at St. Pius X High School, while shooting just over 57 percent from the floor.

"Jasmine is a post that is listed 6'2, but she plays much bigger than that," said Boyer.  "She plays big and long in the post, which will be a great help for us defensively, and she fits our system because of her versatility.  She handles the ball and shoots it well from the perimeter and has the potential to be an impact post player in the Sun Belt Conference."

Hunt is the daughter of Julie Hunt and is coached by Fernando Villasana at St. Pius X.  She is also a member of the AAU HBA-Texas Blazers and is coached by Herbert LeDee.

As a junior at Wagoner High School, Reel averaged 14 points and eight rebounds, while shooting 51 percent from the field.

"Laura can be one of the most physical post players that we have had during my time here at ASU," said Boyer.  "She can be a physical presence in the paint both on offense and defense and has very good speed to compliment her strength as well. "

Reel, 6'2", is the daughter of Ricky and Hazel Reel and plays AAU basketball for the Oklahoma Mustangs under head coach Ruben Diaz.  She is coached at Wagoner by Shartese McHenry.

Wharton, 6'1", averaged seven points and five rebounds, while shooting 47 percent from the floor last year at Pike High School. 

"Kienna will bring good size to the forward position for us," said Boyer.  "She is a face-up forward with a very good shooting touch from the perimeter.  Because of her size, I think she will cause some matchup problems with her ability to step to the perimeter and shoot, in addition to taking advantage of post-up opportunities."

Wharton is the daughter of Gloria Wharton, plays for Robert Anglea at Pike and plays AAU basketball for the Indy Gym Rats under head coach James Banks.

"My staff did an outstanding job with this recruiting class," added Boyer.  "Going into the summer, we had committed to signing three front-line players, and this came during a year where there were very few post prospects in our normal recruiting areas.  Our staff had to stretch our recruiting base into different areas of the country, and I could not be happier with this signing class.  Jasmine, Laura and Kieanna are each individually talented but more importantly they complement one another very well.  Combine these three with the guards that we have sitting out this season and it makes for a strong freshmen class next season."

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