Nov. 12, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma head softball coach Patty Gasso has announced the signing of four student-athletes to NCAA National Letters of Intent. Those student-athletes are Javen Henson (Red Oak, Okla./Red Oak), Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif./Roosevelt), Haley McGregor (Wichita, Kan./The Independent School) and Brittany Williams (Santa Clarita, Calif./Canyon ). The group will begin competing for the Sooners during the 2010-11 academic year.
“This freshman class will make a large impact on the Oklahoma softball program,” Gasso said. “Collectively, this class can do that because they’re all different. Each one of them brings a different talent to the team.”
|2010-11 Oklahoma Signee Bios|
A homegrown product out of Red Oak, Okla., the 5-8 infielder Henson recently wrapped up her high school fastpitch softball career by earning all-state honors. Henson was an all-conference selection at Red Oak all four years. She was team captain and the team’s Most Valuable Player during the 2009 season. She was also awarded with the team’s Golden Glove award the last three seasons. A 2008 Under Armour All-American, Henson led the Eagles to a state semifinal finish in 2009. Off the field, Henson has been honored with the academic achievement award for four years.
“Javen has stood out for a long time. She was a player that was an absolute must for us. She is extremely athletic and can play anywhere in the infield. She has power and good hands and movement. Javen will make an impact on our infield and has the potential to be a star here in her home state.”
Henson played with the Tulsa Elite during the summer of 2009. With the Elite, she hit .364 with 36 runs scored. Henson drove in 28 runs on 39 hits.
“I’m Sooner born and Sooner bred,” Henson said. “My grandparents are long-time football season ticket holders and their love for the University of Oklahoma has become my love. I’ve grown up wanting to play softball for the crimson and cream.”
Martinez, a 5-4 outfielder, prepped at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Corona, Calif. She earned second team all-state honors from Cal Hi Sports in 2009 and was a first team all-area selection by The (Riverside, Calif.) Press Enterprise. Martinez also earned first team all-league honors and was named to the all-tournament team at the Corona Tournament. She hit .516 overall as a junior with 48 hits and a .622 on-base percentage. Martinez also stole 12 bases. Outside of softball, Martinez has served as her class’ vice-president since 2008.
“Destinee is a playmaker. She has good speed and unbelievable bat control. She handles tough pitching very well. She can start a rally and is clutch. She’s spent the past several summers playing with older players on her travel ball team and that has helped her improve and mature her game.”
Martinez has spent the past five summers with the Corona Angels. The team finished in the top 25 at the 2009 Amateur Softball Association GOLD Nationals in Oklahoma City, a season where she hit .480 for the team. The squad finished second at that same event in 2008.
“I really felt Oklahoma was a great fit for me,” Martinez said. “I wanted to be a part of an amazing program, and I believe I can become a great player and strong woman at OU.”
McGregor, a 5-6 infielder, hails from The Independent School in Wichita, Kan. McGregor earned first team all-state, first team all-region, first team all-metro and first team all-league honors a season ago. She was also selected as the team’s captain and led the 2009 Panthers to the Central Plains League championship. Over the past three seasons, McGregor has hit .589 with 107 runs scored, 68 driven in, 17 home runs and 72 stolen bases.
“Haley is a fun player to watch. She is very athletic and brings a strong arm and good range defensively. She is also very steady with her hands. Haley’s best softball is yet to come because she will get stronger. Her work ethic will allow her to succeed.”
McGregor played for the So Cal Pumas this past summer with fellow signee Williams. The team finished ninth at the 2009 ASA GOLD Nationals in Oklahoma City. The Pumas also had a ninth-place finish at the 2009 Champions Cup, a fifth-place showing at the 2009 ASA Region 14 State qualifier and two second-place finishes at the 2009 Colorado Fireworks and Easton 23U tournaments. With the Pumas last summer, McGregor hit .305 with 42 hits and scored 26 runs. She drove in 21 runs and stole 23 bases.
“I chose Oklahoma because I felt it was the best fit for me,” McGregor said. “Oklahoma has a great coaching staff and traditions and their journalism program is exceptional.”
Williams, a 5-6 utility player, has earned three softball letters at Canyon High School. As the starting catcher for CHS, Williams was a first team All-Foothill League selection as a junior. She was also named to the first team Santa Clarita Valley team and The Los Angeles Daily News’ all-Santa Clarita Valley second team. Last season, Williams hit .472 with 11 home runs and drove in 29 runs. She produced a 1.125 slugging percentage, a .591 on-base percentage and led the league in those five statistical categories en route to earning the team’s Most Valuable Player honors.
“Brittany brings power and because of that, she will be a three, four or five-hole hitter. Her offensive game has improved over time, and she has the potential to be an Amber Flores-style hitter. She is also versatile and has enough athleticism where we can put her in different positions defensively.”
Williams also played for the So Cal Pumas, where she was named to the 2009 East Classic 23-Under All-Tournament team. The team also finished ninth at the 2009 ASA GOLD Nationals in Oklahoma City. Williams also led the Pumas to a ninth-place finish at the 2009 Champions Cup, a fifth-place showing at the 2009 ASA Region 14 State qualifier and two second-place finishes at the 2009 Colorado Fireworks and Easton 23U tournaments. With the Pumas last summer, Williams hit .395 with 58 hits and scored 30 runs. She drove in 40 runs and hit 15 home runs.
“I loved the atmosphere, campus, program and people at Oklahoma,” Williams said. “I know OU will give me the opportunity of a lifetime both academically and athletically. I can’t wait to be a Sooner!”