Nov. 10, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. -- OU head women's basketball coach Sherri Coale announced Wednesday four members of the high school Class of 2011 who will join her program next season.
Sharane Campbell (Spencer, Okla.), DaShawn Harden (Olathe, Kan.), Kaylon Williams (Midwest City, Okla.) and Katherine Zander (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) filed National Letters of Intent with the University of Oklahoma on the first day of the early signing period.
"These four players are very talented young athletes who individually and collectively have a very high ceiling," Coale said. "They are players who welcome the expectations that come with competing in an Oklahoma uniform, and they are each incredibly driven to continue and build upon the traditions of our program."
Harden, the top-rated player in the Sooners' class, led St. Thomas Aquinas High School to the Kansas Class 5A State Championship Game last year.
"DaShawn has great quickness and exceptional offensive instincts. She can shoot it and she can break down the defense with the dribble at will."
Rated the No. 6 point guard in the ESPNU HoopGurlz 100, Harden averaged 13.7 points, 4.3 steals and 3.1 assists as a junior and was named first team all-state.
Williams is a 6-3 power forward rated among the top 20 at her position by all recruiting services. With averages of 11.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocks, Williams helped Midwest City High School claim a Class 6A State Championship and undefeated record against in-state competition as the Bombers finished among the nation's top 25 high school programs.
"Kay-Kay is a terrific athlete who has the potential to be a great rebounder and scorer."
Campbell, a 5-10 combo guard from Star Spencer High School, stays in-state with her commitment to OU. Rated No. 12 among small forwards and No. 66 overall by Blue Star Report, Campbell has a history of success on the basketball court dating back to 2006 when her summer club team, Air Oklahoma Stars, won the AAU National Championship.
"Sharane is a strong, fast competitor. She has a knack for drawing fouls and being around the basketball."
Zander, a 6-4 post rated the No. 22 center in the ESPNU HoopGurlz 100, took Orange Park High School to its best season in more than three decades by contributing 10.6 points and 11.5 rebounds per game on the way to a 27-3 record and regional final apperance.
"Katherine is one of the most disciplined young athletes we have ever recruited. She has size and is versatile on both ends of the floor."
The Florida Times-Union 2010 Girls' Basketball Player of the Year is also a champion swimmer, winning a state title in the 50-meter freestyle as a sophomore. Zander will be the first OU women's basketball player to come from the Sunshine State.
Following back-to-back Final Four appearancesin 2009 and 2010, the Sooners begin their season Saturday, Nov. 13, at UW-Milwaukee. The game will be aired locally on KOKC 1520 AM with Bob Carpenter calling the play-by-play.