Nov. 16, 2011
TUCSON - University of Arizona Wildcat women's basketball head coach Niya Butts has announced the signing of four National Letter of Intent student-athletes for the 2012-13 season. The early signing period started Wed., Nov. 9 and will continue through the 2011-12 season.
"We are excited about this group we signed," head coach Niya Butts said. "From a basketball standpoint, with this class we add athleticism, versatility and depth at multiple positions. Most importantly, we are fortunate enough to add quality young women with high character who fit in our system."
Keyahndra Cannon is a 5-9 guard from San Diego, Calif. and attends Mission Bay High School. As a junior, she averaged 18.6 points, 8.4 assists, 2.0 blocks, 10.9 rebounds and 7.5 steals per game. She scored 577 points. As a sophomore, she averaged 20.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.0 steals per game.
"Keyahndra is a perfect fit for our system because of her ability to score, defend and make plays in the open court," Butts said. "She has the ability to play and defend all three perimeter positions which will be a huge asset to our team."
Nyre Harris is a 5-8 guard from Stockton, Calif. and attends Lincoln High School. During her junior season, she averaged 12.5 points, 5.3 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 6.4 steals per game. She scored 287 points.
"Nyre has to be one of the quickest players on the west coast, if not the quickest, with or without the ball," Butts said. "A legitimate combo guard, she is very good off the dribble and has the ability to create opportunities for herself and her teammates. She's a good defender who will thrive in our system."
Shereen Sutherland is a 6-1 forward from Corona, Calif. and attends Santiago High School. As a sophomore, she was named team MVP for 2009-10 and earned first-team Inland Valley All-League honors.
"Shereen is an athletic forward that has a knack for rebounding and will provide a physical presence to our team," Butts said. "She runs the floor well and has the ability to shoot from 15 feet."
The Wildcats continue their stretch of keeping top in-state talent in Davellyn Whyte in 2009 and Aley Rohde in 2011 with the addition of Simone Westbrook, who chose UA over rival ASU. She is a 5-10 guard Chandler, Ariz., and attends Chandler High School after transferring from Desert Vista High School. During her junior season, she averaged 11.5 points, 4.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 3.7 steals per game. She averaged 16.5 points, 3.9 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 3.8 steals as a sophomore at Desert Vista.
"Signing Simone was significant because one of our goals when we got here was to keep the best in-state talent at home," Butts said. "She is one of the top point guards in the 2012 class and provides size at the guard position. She's a tremendous play maker in the open court and a great defender."
The Wildcats' home opener is scheduled for Nov. 17 against Wichita State. For tickets to the women's basketball games, call 800-452-2287.