Wednesday's signing class marks the eighth straight top-25 recruiting class for head coach Sharon Versyp and her staff.
Nov. 13, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's basketball team welcomed five new members to the Boilermaker family on Wednesday as head coach Sharon Versyp signed Haley Bodnar, Justine Hall, Bree Horrocks, Andreona Keys and Erica Moore to national letters of intent. Ranked 14th in the nation by Blue Star Basketball, the group is Versyp's biggest signing class in her eight years at Purdue and is set to join the team for the 2014-15 season.
The class is ranked second in the Big Ten Conference by the Blue Star Basketball behind Ohio State, and marks the eighth straight top-25 class for Versyp and the Boilermakers. The group also earned a top-25 ranking from Collegiate Girls Report, coming in 24th.
"I'm excited to announce our 2014 class," said Versyp. "It's great to see a group like this bring us some national attention in the recruiting rankings as they bring a variety of dynamic pieces to the table and will make a great impact in their Boilermaker careers."
Hall highlights the class with solid recognition from various recruiting sources, including the No. 74 overall ranking from "ESPN Hoop Gurlz" and No. 14 ranking at the point guard position. Projected as a wing for the Boilermakers, Hall averaged 17 points per game last season at Regis Jesuit High School and led her squad to the Colorado 5A state title.
"Justine is an explosive player with a long, wiry frame and will be able to help us in a variety of ways," said Versyp. "She's smooth off the bounce, can penetrate and dish, has a quick release on her mid-range shot and delivers at the charity stripe."
Versyp continued, "Justine's three-point range adds yet another weapon to her offensive arsenal, but it's her defensive abilities that really have us excited. She causes serious disruption in the backcourt, and will be another high-energy player for us."
The lone Indiana native, Moore was the classes' most-heralded player before an injury lessened her national attention. Still ranked as high as 78th nationally (All-Star Girls Report), Moore is an elite power forward who brings exceptional athleticism and physicality to West Lafayette. She led Mt. Vernon High School to the Indiana 3A Championship in 2013, including a 14-point, 15-rebound performance in the title game, after averaging 18.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for her junior season.
"Erica is very strong, athletic and versatile in the post, as well as on the perimeter, and is able to create opportunities for herself and her teammates from mid-range," said Versyp. "She is a mobile, up-tempo player who can finish with contact in traffic and will be incredibly active on the boards."
A 6-5 post player, Horrocks hails from Buford High School in Buford, Ga., where she took her team to last year's state championship game after winning Georgia 2A titles in 2011 and 2010. Ranked as high as 35th in the nation by Blue Star Basketball, Horrocks is widely recognized for her tremendous upside, work ethic and mobility. A multi-sport athlete, Horrocks has earned several honors in volleyball and track and field, in addition to a variety of academic honors, including the No. 13 ranking in her class.
"In addition to her great size, Bree has fantastic touch and can go either direction with her back to the basket," said Versyp. "Her face-up game can stretch defenses out past the three-point line, and defensively she has the ability to change, if not block, any shot, and clean up the glass."
Joining Horrocks from the Peach State, Keys is an athletic wing player, coming in under the radar after an injury prevented her from getting much deserved national attention this spring and summer. She earned honorable mention 5A all-state honors from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Gwinnett Daily Post as a sophomore, and led her team to a historic state tournament quarterfinal run as a freshman.
"Keys has an exceptional basketball IQ to pair with her outstanding athleticism, and will be fantastic addition to our team," said Versyp. "She is a quick leaper, with good size and explosiveness and has a versatile game both inside and outside."
Versyp continued, "Keys defends and pressures the ball with intensity, loves to rebound and attack and play uptempo. She's a high-energy player who will fit in extremely well here."
Bodnar comes to West Lafayette from Saint George, Utah, where she's led Desert Hills High School to back-to-back 3A state championship games. Named the 3A Most Valuable Player (Salt Lake Deseret News) and the Player of the Year (The Spectrum), Bodnar averaged 13.6 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game last season, earning the No. 149 overall ranking and No. 20 spot at her position from Collegiate Girls Report.
"Haley will be another outstanding, mobile post player for us with great hands and agility and a face-up game," said Versyp. "She has a wide variety of moves in the paint and finishes well, in addition to being a great shot blocker and rebounder on the defensive end."
Versyp continued, "Haley gets off the floor very quickly for a player of her size and is another member of this class with tremendous work ethic. She is consistently doing things that make her teammates better players."
The Boilermakers continue the 2013-14 season tonight, heading to Indianapolis to face IUPUI at 7 p.m. It is their first road game of the year and will be televised locally on HTSN (Comcast channel 247).
HALEY BODNAR, 6-4 post (Desert Hills High School, Saint George, Utah)
Statistics/Records: Averaged 13.6 points and more than six rebounds and three blocks per game as a junior ... led team to back-to-back Utah 3A state championship games ... averaged 10 points and more than four blocks per game as a sophomore, including a 14-point, nine-rebound effort in the state title game.
Awards/Honors: Ranked 149 overall and 20 at her position by Collegiate Girls Report ... also ranked 201 by All-Star Girls Report, 203 by Jump Off Plus and 207 by Blue Star Basketball ... rated a 90 overall player by ESPN Hoop Gurlz ... 2013 Utah 3A State MVP (Salt Lake Deseret News, The Spectrum) ... USA Today American Family Insurance All-USA Utah ... 2012 Utah All-State Defensive MVP (Salt Lake Deseret News).
Personal Data: Born Dec. 20, 1995 ... full name is Haley Noel Bodnar ... daughter of Jon and Haven Bodnar ... has a sister, Sierra, and three brothers: Jon, Clay and Sterling ... intends to major in communications ... high school coach is Chris Alfred.
JUSTINE HALL, 5-10 guard (Regis Jesuit High School, Denver, Colo.)
Statistics/Records: Averaged 17 points (56% FG), three rebounds and three steals per game as a junior, leading her team to the Colorado 5A state title ... led Regis Jesuit to the No. 25 national high school ranking (MaxPreps) ... averaged 11 points and two steals per game as a sophomore, taking team to state semifinals ... helped squad to state championship game as a freshman, averaging 5.8 points and a steal per game.
Awards/Honors: ESPN Hoop Gurlz Top-100, earning the No. 74 spot and No. 16 point guard ranking ... ranked 75 overall and 14 at her position by Collegiate Girls Report, 82 overall by Blue Star Basketball, 104 overall by Jump Off Plus and 124 by All-Star Girls Report ... 9news Colorado Player of the Year ... USA Today American Family Insurance All-USA Colorado ... first team all-state (Denver Post) ... 2013 Colorado 5A State Tournament MVP ... two-time first team all-conference honoree (sophomore and junior) and earned second-team all-conference as a freshman ... two-time team captain ... selected to compete in "The Show" all-star game by the Denver Nuggets.
Personal Data: Born July 12, 1996 ... full name is Justine Marie Hall ... is the daughter of Darryl and Tammy Hall ... has one sister, Janae ... intends to major in retail marketing/management ... high school coach is Carl Mattei.
BREE HORROCKS, 6-5 post (Buford High School, Buford, Ga.)
Statistics/Records: Helped team to three straight Georgia 3A state title games, winning championships in 2011 and 2012.
Awards/Honors: Ranked 35 overall by Blue Star Basketball, 112 by Jump Off Plus, 126 by All-Star Girls Report and 131 overall and 18 at her position by Collegiate Girls Report ... rated a 90 by ESPN Hoop Gurlz ... named to the preseason Atlanta Top-25 Watchlist and second-team All-County by the Gwinnett Daily Post this fall ... MVP of the Memorial Day Classic ... Fab 5 Peach State Basketball ... Peach State Basketball Elite Basketball Academy All-American ... Tip-Off Club All-Academic honoree (Gwinnett Daily Post) ... three-year Buford High School scholar athlete and honor roll ... AP Scholar Award (2012-13) ... ranked 13th in her academic class.
Personal Data: Born Oct. 11, 1995 ... full name is Briana Katja Horrocks ... daughter of Mary Nimphius and John Horrocks ... has one sister, Alexis ... intends to major in psychology ... high school coach is Gene Durden ... former teammate of Andraya Carter (Tennessee), Kristina Nelson (Notre Dame), MaKenzie Darrah (Elon), and Maya Dillard (Lipscomb).
ANDREONA KEYS, 5-10 wing (Roswell High School, Atlanta, Ga.)
Statistics/Records: Averaged 26 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocks, while making 91% at the free throw line as a junior, including a 47-point outburst ... already a 1,000-point scorer for her high school career ... averaged 24 points, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks as a sophomore ... averaged 10 points, five rebounds and two steals as a freshman ... led team to the 5A state quarterfinals for the first time in 32 years as a freshman, upsetting the No. 1 team in the state.
Awards/Honors: All-Region honors as a junior ... 2012 all-state tournament honors ... Georgia 5A honorable mention all-state as a sophomore (Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Gwinnett Daily Post) ... 2011 Region 6AAAAA Freshman of the Year.
Personal Data: Born Dec. 22, 1995 ... full name is Andreona Lanay Keys ... daughter of La Shanda McGee and Andre Keys ... has one sister, Shanteona ... is undecided on her intended major ... high school coach is Lisa Kennedy.
ERICA MOORE, 6-2 forward (Mount Vernon High School, Fortville, Ind.)
Statistics/Records: Averaged 17.8 points and 8.3 rebounds as a junior, including her 14 points and 15 rebounds in the Indiana 3A state title game ... has led team to 67-12 records in her high school career, including three sectional, two regional and two semi-state championships ... scored 850 points and grabbed 451 career rebounds entering her senior year.
Awards/Honors: Ranked 78 overall by All-Star Girls Report, 94 by Blue Star Basketball, 128 by Jump Off Plus and 134 overall and 27 at her position by Collegiate Girls Report ... rated a 90 overall by ESPN Hoop Gurlz ... USA Today American Family Insurance All-USA Indiana honorable mention ... named 2013 Hancock County Player of the Year ... played for the Indiana Junior State All-Stars ... two-time all-conference honoree.
Personal Data: Born Feb. 12, 1995 ... full name is Erica V. Moore ... daughter of Eric and Vanessa Moore ... has three brothers: Eric Jr., Bryce and Brandon ... intends to major in fashion design ... high school coach is Julie Shelton.