Nov. 14, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. (Nov. 14) -- The University of Arizona women's basketball program has signed two players to National Letters-of-Intent, announced head coach Joan Bonvicini on Thursday. Rachael Schein (Las Vegas, Nev./Centennial HS) and Shannon Hobson (Perris, Calif./Perris HS) will join the Wildcats for the 2003-04 season.
A 5-11 forward who has been a starter since her freshman year, Rachael Schein averaged team highs of 14.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as a junior while leading Centennial to a perfect 34-0 record and a 4A state championship in 2001-02. She was a second team All-Nevada and first team all-region selection last year and was the Most Valuable Player for both the Northwest Division and the city. Three-time team MVP for Centennial, Schein helped her team to an astounding 92-5 mark in her first three seasons, and the squad was undefeated in both the Northwest Division and its region in all three years.
During the summer of 2002, she led Centennial to five tournament titles, including wins at the HS Nike Junior Nationals in Las Vegas, the UNLV team camp and the University of Arizona team camp. Schein was the Tournament MVP while helping Centennial win the Reno Tournament and was named to the All-Star Team at the Dixie CC team Camp in Utah. Schein is expected to be the only senior on head coach Karen Weitz's roster at Centennial this season.
"Rachael will be a great complement to the players already here at Arizona," said head coach Joan Bonvicini. "She's a hard worker, tough, intense player who comes from a great winning tradition at Centennial. She's a proven winner, an excellent athlete and a good shooter and rebounder. She'll be an excellent addition to our program."
A 6-2 post player, Shannon Hobson has been ranked as the No. 21 player nationally by All-Star Girls Report and is No. 42 overall according to Gameball Girls Athletics Scouting Service. As a junior last year at Perris HS, Hobson was a Street & Smith's sixth team All-American and was a second team All-CIF choice.
Playing for head coach Marvin Williams at Perris, Hobson averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds a game. In both 2001 and 2001, Hobson attended the adidas Top 10 All-America Camp and was selected to the Upperclass All-Star Team.
"Shannon is an outstanding player with a strong body who will be a great complement to Polkey (current freshman Shawntinice Polk) and to the rest of the team," said Bonvicini. "We expect Shannon to see significant playing time as a freshman. She's a very hard worker who we think is going to be a great player for us.
"This is a small signing class for us, since we had only a few scholarships to give. We filled the holes that we needed to and got two outstanding students in the process. I think our staff did a great job with this class, especially [assistant coach] Curtis Loyd, who was on the road recruiting for the first time this year. Our current players did an outstanding job recruiting too, probably better than they've ever done before."
Arizona will play one more exhibition game against Team Concept on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. The Wildcats will officially tip off the 2002-03 season on Friday, Nov. 22, against third-ranked Louisiana State at 7 p.m. in the McKale Center.