Women's Hoops Announces 2007 Class

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 08, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. --
The Oklahoma women’s basketball program announced the signing of Danielle Robinson (San Jose, Calif.), Carlee Roethlisberger (Findlay, Ohio) and Jenny Vining (Marshall Ark.) to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.  The three signings complete the 2007 recruiting class.  All three players will enroll at Oklahoma in the fall of the 2007-08 academic year.

Scout and Hoopgurlz.com scouting director Glenn Nelson had high praise for the Oklahoma class, "With arguably the nation’s dominant inside force for the next three years in Courtney Paris, coach Sherri Coale’s mission is to assemble quality, complementary pieces and bang on the door for a national championship. As she did last year, Coale recruited an extremely talented class, certainly one of the nation’s top 10.

"Danielle Robinson and Jenny Vining will comprise a sensational backcourt that could serve as the focus of the team even after Paris graduates. Robinson is a blur and the best guard I saw last year at getting to the rim from a standstill start. In other words, she gets 0 to 60 in an instant. Vining is one of those rare players who can dominate a game from the perimeter and I pity the defenses that will have to choose between holding the fort inside or stopping a downpour from Vining on the wings. And of course Carlee Roethlisberger, with the great bloodlines, size and touch, will be a great aid around the basket as well as from mid-range."

Danielle Robinson is a 5-7 pure point guard from Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif. She is a five star recruit and is ranked No. 21 in the country by Scout and Hoopgurlz.com. Robinson averaged 19 points, six assists and five steals per game in leading Archbishop to the Northern California State Finals.

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“Danielle is quick on quick,” said OU head coach Sherri Coale. “I think about her and Nyeshia Stevenson on the floor together and wonder why we would spend so much time figuring out where to go on offense, just spread the floor and let those two take their defender one on-one.  She is just incredibly quick, an excellent finisher and has a chance to be a marquee defender.  I think she can really harass the basketball and will remind our fans a little bit of Kendra there, but she has much longer limbs.”

“She also plays for a tremendous high school coach in Sue Phillips, who is one of the best in the country. She

Danielle Robinson
will be as prepared for the rigors of college basketball as any player we have brought in during my tenure.”

Robinson was an alternate on the USA U18 World Championships team this past summer.  She was one of the Paris twins favorite players during their days as prepsters in Northern California and someone that Ashley Paris advised the coaching staff to recruit.

According to Hoopgurlz.com Robinson is, “One of the fastest players in the country, and a fine athlete. Needs to develop an outside game to complement her quickness to the hoop. Great in transition both passing and getting to the basket. Fiesty on-ball defender.”

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Her high school coach Sue Phillips added, “Danielle is an outstanding point guard, who energizes her teammates with an up tempo, and fiercely competitive, style of play.  Danielle’s abilities as a defensive threat adversely changes the complexion of the game for opposing point guards.  Moreover, Danielle’s ability to create scoring opportunities for her teammates makes her a terrific fit for an already offensively explosive Oklahoma team.  Danielle is a terrific young lady with noteworthy leadership skills and exceptional character.  Oklahoma is blessed to have signed such an outstanding player and young woman.”

Roethlisberger, a 6-0 forward, averaged 19.5 points as junior and 18.2 points as sophomore for coach Connie Lyon at Findlay High School. Roethlisberger is the half-sister of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.  Despite her famous name, she can be considered an off-the radar recruit, which is largely due to the fact that she split her high school time between volleyball and basketball.  She is only ranked by

Carlee Roethlisberger
one recruiting service, Blue Star Report, which has her slotted at No. 52.

“Carlee will bring to Oklahoma the combination of athletic competitiveness and versatility with total effort and personal integrity, “ said Lyon. “Carlee has represented Findlay High School with class and character, and we are thrilled for the opportunity granted to her to be a part of an outstanding program with such credible coaches at Oklahoma.”

Roethlisberger enters her senior season just 518 points shy of the school scoring record.

Vining is a 5-9 guard that is considered one of the best long range shooters in the country.  Vining has made 221 three-pointers in the last two seasons and has range similar to current Sooner Erin Higgins. She also has a knack for driving to the hole and finishing in the lane, to compliment a proficient mid-range jumper off the dribble.

“Jenny doesn’t like to be called a shooter, she thinks she is a player,” said OU head coach Sherri Coale.  “And I keep telling her there is nothing wrong with being called a shooter.  When you have a gift like she does for shooting the ball, it’s a not a negative think because that is what she does better than anything else.  She is a deceptively good athlete and an excellent ball handler. She has a chance to be a prolific shooter for us, stretch the defense, which is obviously a compliment to Ashley and Courtney Paris.”
Vining, who was born and raised in the tiny rural town of Marshall, Ark., was an unknown prospect as recently as September. Her family and coaches sent in some game tape to Scout and Hoopgurlz.com during the summer.  The result was her meteoric rise to a four star ranking and slot as the No. 33 player in the country.

According to Marshall high school coach Mat Stewart, “Jenny is the most competitive kid that I’ve ever

Jenny Vining
coached or coached against. She hates to lose and will do whatever it takes to make sure that doesn’t happen. Jenny is constantly in the gym working on both her strengths and weaknesses. As a matter of fact we were in the gym for at least an hour after practice yesterday working on her mid-range jumper off the dribble.”

According to Hoopgurlz.com Vining is a, “Combo guard who can be a big-time scorer and is at ease running the team. (She) Can shoot the three from very deep but may cheat herself out of some threes because she launches from so far. Uncanny shooter when (she) shoots are in rhythm. Seldom misses pull-ups off the dribble. Good finisher in a crowd. Very good passer. Very solid, though not flashy dribbling. Can attack rim, but relies on explosiveness to do so. Disruptive at the defensive end.” 



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