Women's Basketball Signee CeCe Harper Concludes Stellar High School Career

Feb. 22, 2010

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas women’s basketball incoming signee CeCe Harper recently concluded the most decorated career San Antonio’s James Madison High School has ever seen. Harper, a three-time team captain, ended her career as the school’s all-time leader in points scored with 2,353 points and also is the career leader in assists with 524 dimes.

“CeCe is able to completely control a game,” said Madison head coach Tracy Hastings. “Her speed and court vision allow her to dictate how the defense must play.”

Harper, who posted six games in 2009-10 with 30 or more points, is a 2010 McDonald’s All-American nominee. She turned in 22.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 3.6 assists per game as a senior, while earning San Antonio Express News Player of the Week honors on two occasions and All-Tournament honors at both the McDonald’s Invitational and the North East Tournament.

“CeCe has an extremely high basketball IQ,” said Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson, upon receiving Harper’s signed letter of intent. “She is a good shooter who can extend the defense with her range. At the same time she is effective off the dribble and has great court vision. She is the complete package.”

Harper, a 5-8 guard, entered the season rated the 30th best point guard in the nation by ESPN.com Hoopgurlz and was the third rated point guard in the state of Texas. In addition she was named to the Texas Basketball Magazine’s Preseason All-State team. Her career bests include 39 points, 18 rebounds, 10 assists, seven steals and six blocks.

Harper will be reuniting with her former Madison teammate Monica Engelman who is currently starting for the Jayhawks in her first season. Engelman is averaging 7.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 on the season, but has upped her numbers to 17.0 points, 2.6 boards and 4.0 assists a game since being replacing the injured Danielle McCray in the starting line-up five games ago.

Kansas will host No. 15 Iowa State on Thursday, Feb. 25. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m., with a live broadcast on Fox Sports Net.