Henrickson Inks Four For 2014-15
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson announced the signing of the 2014 recruiting class.
Lauren Aldridge (Marshfield, Mo. /Marshfield HS), Terriell Bradley (Grand Prairie, Texas/Timberview HS), Shea Brown (Mesa, Ariz./Central Arizona) and Chayla Cheadle (Columbia, Mo. /Rock Bridge HS) have all signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) during the early signing period to play for the Jayhawks.
“It’s a group that has tremendous athleticism and ability to score,” said Henrickson of the 2014 signing class. “They are young women who have played at a high level on their high school teams, AAU teams or at their junior college program.”
Aldridge, from Marshfield High School in Marshfield, Mo., is a 5-7 point guard. On the AAU circuit, Aldridge played for the Missouri Valley Magic placing third in the country in 2008 and fourth in 2009. She is ranked as the 58th-best player in the country by Premier Basketball Report, while ESPN’s Hoopgurlz.com ranks Aldridge as the 59th-best point guard.
“Lauren is a point guard in every sense of the way,” Henrickson said. “She’s a leader and a young lady who can make a play off the dribble. She’s a very good three-point shooter and a tough kid who plays non-stop year round.”
Aldridge was twice named the Central Ozark Conference-Small Division’s Player of the Year. She has earned first-team all-conference, all-district and all-state honors each of the past three seasons. Aldridge helped the Blue Jays to the district title game and an undefeated league record as a junior.
Bradley, a native of Grand Prairie, Texas, comes to Kansas by way of Timberview High School. Collegiate Basketball Report ranked her as the 11th-best point guard, while ProspectNations.com has Bradley listed as the 21st-best recruit.
“Terriell has been successful at every level,” said Henrickson. “She is a young lady who can facilitate and score. She can shoot from the three. She can play both the point and the two because she can score. She is a capable scorer and has done nothing but win with her high school.”
Bradley guided the Wolves to a 29-7 record as a junior, when she recorded averages of 10.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. She was named All-State twice in her career by the Texas Girls Coaches Association and earned first-team all-district honors three years.
A Mesa, Ariz. Native, Brown is the lone junior college transfer of the 2014 signing class. She is a 6-4 forward from Central Arizona. Collegiate Girls Basketball Report ranked Brown as the 4th overall and 2nd best forward in the nation, while All-Star Girls Report ranked her as the 8th best recruit in the country.”
Shea is really skilled,” said Henrickson. “She can shoot from the three, put it on the floor and she can finish around the rim. She has done nothing but win a lot of games at Central Arizona while playing for coach Gooch Cardenas. Her ability to compete at a high level, have a tremendous level of success and to back that up with what it takes every day to be successful will be important for us.”
During her freshman season, Brown averaged 5.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. She also recorded 22 steals and 12 blocks. Brown prepped at Red Mountain High School, where she earned all-state honors during her junior and senior campaigns.
Cheadle, a native of Columbia, Mo., joins the Jayhawks from Rock Bridge High School, where the Bruins won the Missouri state title in 2012 and 2013. ProspectNation.com has Cheadle ranked 24th in the country at her position. During her junior season, Cheadle was named to the all-state team and district Defensive Player of the Year.
“Chayla is one of the most athletic kids we’ve signed here in a long time,” Henrickson said. “She’s a big, long, lanky guard that loves to defend. She is a young lady we can put on the block a bit because she can finish in the lane. She’s a tremendous offensive rebounder and takes a lot of pride in guarding.”
A three-time all-district honoree, Cheadle was voted team captain by her peers. She has been the top three-point shooter for the Bruins the past three seasons. Cheadle shot 50 percent from beyond the arc as a freshman for the Bruins.
“As a group, there’s a lot of excitement, energy, talent and skill,” said Henrickson. “They have a lot of wins amongst this group of four.”
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