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Purdue Women's Basketball Recruiting

2002 Junior All-Star Team


Player Profiles


June 10, 2002
Bob Sternvogel
© MrHoops

    Introducing the 2002 Junior All-Star team.

    Core Six roster (will play in both exhibitions)...

    KATIE GEARLDS, who has verbally committed to Purdue, led the state’s juniors as she averaged 26.7 ppg for the 2001-02 campaign. The Parade Third-Team All-America selection added 7.5 rpg, seven apg, and six spg while establishing herself as a leading candidate for Indiana Miss Basketball honors. Her best output was 34 as she amassed 560 points in 21 contests. Katie was named both an Underclass All-American by Student Sports magazine and Midwest Sports Publishing’s #1 junior in Indiana. She was also a first-team All-State selection of the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Associated Press (AP), and the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association (ICGSA). Ranked #27 in the nation by All-Star Girls Report (ASGR) and #7 by the Blue Star Index, Katie attended last year’s Nike All-America Camp and was an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) All-America in the 16-and-under (16-U) division. USA Today named her a Sophomore All-America in 2001, then a Junior All-America this past season. Katie also received honorable mention in last year’s Street & Smith All-America poll. During her sophomore campaign as a Hornet, Katie was the state’s second-leading scorer as she canned 27.1 ppg. Her 541 points broke her own school single-season mark of 522. She also averaged 9.3 rpg, 6.3 apg, and 5.9 spg as Beech Grove finished with a 13-7 mark. As a freshman, she contributed 23.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 6.6 apg, and 5.9 spg.

    SUNTANA GRANDERSON led South Bend Riley to last March’s state title game. Although her 19-point effort could not prevent Terre Haute South from taking the 4A crown, Suntana still made the AP’s All-Tournament team. She had previously scored a season-high 42 points en route to a final average of 20.9 ppg. Besides totaling 584 points in 28 outings, the AP first-team All-State selection contributed approximately eight rebounds and three steals per contest. Named both Metro Player of the Year and her conference POY, Suntana was selected as North Indiana’s third-best junior (not counting the statewide core six) by Midwest Sports Publishing. As a sophomore Wildcat, she averaged 15.9 ppg, 9.4 rpg, and 3.8 apg. Suntana was named Riley’s MVP, as well as an All-Metro and All-Conference selection. She was one of last year’s Purdue Elite Camp All-Stars, and played for a 2001 AAU state championship winner as well. The honorable mention Street & Smith All-America is considering Notre Dame, Purdue, and other universities.

    MIRANDA GREEN averaged 20.8 ppg this past season, with a high game of 31, as she scored a total of 436 points in 21 contests. She also accumulated around four rpg, three apg, and three spg while playing for former Indiana Hoosier Amy Cherubini at Pike. Miranda received honorable mention in the AP voting for All-State honors, and was ranked the #5 junior in South Indiana (not counting the statewide core six) by Midwest Sports Publishing. As a sophomore, she contributed 15 ppg, 3 rpg, and 2 apg to the 12-8 Red Devils’ cause. Miranda’s honors include being named the MVP of an AAU 14-and-under tourney.

    DEUNNA HENDRIX was named North Indiana’s best junior (not counting the statewide core group of six) by Midwest Sports Publishing. She was named to the Kokomo Tribune All-Area team after leading the Wildkats in three-point field-goal percentage and free-throw accuracy. As a sophomore, she averaged 12.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, and 2.2 apg as 24-1 Kokomo took its fourth straight North Central Conference crown and made the 4A Final Four.

    During the state championship game, REICINA RUSSELL demonstrated why she is one of the favorites for next year’s Indiana Miss Basketball laurels. Reicina’s 31 points, a record for a Class 4A title tilt, helped her Braves to a 63-42 triumph. Her 14 field goals also set a 4A championship game mark. Russell, who also grabbed 15 rebounds (tying a finals record) and blocked seven shots (setting a new title-clash mark) that day, subsequently added tournament MVP honors to her berth on the AP All-State first team. Her season averages of 19.7 ppg and 11.1 rpg led to Reicina’s being named the state’s all-around #2 junior by Midwest Sports Publishing. Nationally ranked #20 by ASGR and #16 by Blue Star, Russell is a veteran of the 2001 Nike All-America Camp. She was also named a Street & Smith honorable mention All-America last year. As a sophomore, she contributed per-game averages of 13.8 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 5 blocks as her team finished 22-2, losing twice to state champion Ben Davis. Russell will be playing her senior season at Lawrence North. Her family’s move to Indianapolis was inspired by the fact Reicina’s grandmother suffered a stroke around Christmas, and the grandmother’s husband (the pastor at Gabriel Missionary Baptist) needs assistance in taking care of his wife and his church. Reicina, who wants to be a doctor, will thus experience living with a grandmother who is in a wheelchair and unable to walk or talk.

    CARRIE SMITH, who hit 54% of her field-goal attempts and 85% of her free throws last season, has verbally committed to Kathi Bennett’s Indiana program. Named the #6 junior in the state by Midwest Sports Publishing, Carrie also received second-team All-State honors from both the Courier-Journal and the ICGSA. One source gives her season averages as 14.2 ppg and 7 rpg, while another claims she contributed about 15 points and 9 rebounds per outing. Either way, Smith is an All-Marion County first-teamer. Limited by injuries to 12 games as a sophomore, Carrie averaged 14.6 ppg and 8 rpg as the Braves finished with a 13-9 record.

    North Six roster (will play in June 19th exhibition at Wawasee High)...

    JACQUELINE CLOSSER was named North Indiana’s #2 junior (not counting members of the statewide core six) by Midwest Sports Publishing. Jackie averaged 16.5 ppg, 3.2 apg, and 3.4 spg as a sophomore for the 20-2 conference champion Tigers. During her freshman campaign, she contributed 9.9 ppg, 2.2 apg, and 2.2 spg as her team won its regional en route to finishing 21-5. Jacqueline was named to the All-Madison County, All-Conference, Sectional 24, and Madison County All-Tournament honor squads for both the ’99-’00 and ’00-’01 seasons. She moved from the All-Metro North honorable mention list as a freshman to a first-teamer as a sophomore. Jackie also followed up East Central Area Honorable Mention (2000) with a slot on the Second Team for 2001.

    LEAH ENTERLINE, who has verbally committed to play at Indiana, was an Underclass (non-senior) All-Star at last year’s adidas Top Ten Camp. She received honorable mention in the recent voting for the AP All-State team. Leah was also named the North’s #6 junior (statewide core six excluded) by Midwest Sports Publishing. As a sophomore, she averaged 18.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 7.5 apg, and 5.5 spg. Each figure represented an improvement from its respective freshman season counterpart of 15.2, 5.2, 5.5, and 3.5. Leah made the ACAC All-Conference First Team for both ’99-’00 and ’00-’01, and was also the recipient of her team’s Most Valuable Player and Miss Hustle awards for each of those campaigns. She was named to the Michigan State AAU All-Tournament Team in both 2000 and 2001. Last year, Leah was the IU Hoosier Select Camp MVP, a Purdue Camp All-Star, and adidas All-American Camp All-Star. Her Boilerbacker Gold AAU team finished third in the Memphis National Tournament. Leah’s uncle, Kalei Enterline, is her coach with the Heritage High Patriots.

    ALLISON LINDBORG received High Mention among Indiana juniors in Midwest Sports Publishing’s post-season rankings. As a sophomore, she posted averages of 9 ppg and 7 rpg. She also blocked 1.8 shots per contest en route to being named the Lady Indians’ Most Improved Player. During her junior campaign, she contributed 16.8 ppg and 11.4 rpg to a 20-5 team which lost to eventual 3A champ Bishop Luers in a regional final. She set St. Joseph single-season records for rebounds (284) and blocks (83). Allison participated in last year’s Notre Dame Blue Chip Tournament. She was also part of a runner-up squad at the Nike National Challenge. According to St. Joseph’s head coach Mike Megyese, Allison "is being recruited by over 100 schools right now and will only get better next year."

    HEATHER LUTTRELL was named the Lady Tigers’ Most Valuable Player after averaging 13.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.1 apg, and 2.5 spg as a freshman. She again received team MVP honors after posting sophomore averages of 13.7 points, 7.4 boards, 2.8 assists, and 2.5 steals per contest. As a junior, she led the team in assists and steals, and was Northwestern’s second-best scorer and rebounder. Heather was voted onto the All-Mid Indiana Conference First Team for each of those seasons. The Lady Tigers made it to a regional final last season, and their 22-3 mark gave them a 60-10 record during Heather’s tenure on the squad. Northwestern took the conference crown in both ’99-’00 and ’00-’01. Since joining the Amateur Athletic Union team known as Indiana’s Finest in 1998, Heather has helped the squad to three top five finishes at AAU Nationals. Fourth-place efforts in 13-U and 14-U competition were followed by a fifth-place slot last year. Heather’s all-around excellence led to her becoming a Hoosier Basketball Magazine All-State selection for the publication’s 2000-’01 and 2001-’02 issues.

    CRYSTAL NORMAN tied sister Junior All-Star Suntana Granderson’s 19-point effort in the Wildcats’ state-title game loss to Terre Haute South. Crystal, who received honorable mention in Associated Press All-State voting, subsequently made the AP’s 4A All-Tournament Team. She finished with a team-leading average of 3.1 apg, and also contributed 17.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per outing. After each of her three varsity seasons, Crystal has been named to the All-Metro and All-Conference first teams. She was also Riley’s MVP for the ’99-’00 campaign. Crystal was named both a 2001 Street & Smith All-America Honorable Mention athlete and Midwest Sports Publishing’s recent choice as the #4 junior in the state. Notre Dame and Purdue are among Crystal’s collegiate options.

    AMANDA NORRIS has led the Raiders to the last two 2A championship games, but has had to settle for back-to-back runner-up finishes. She did lead all scorers as she dropped in 30 points during Shenandoah’s 70-64 loss to Southwestern last March. Amanda thus completed her improvement from scoring 10.8 ppg as a sophomore to averaging over 19 points per contest for 2001-02. She also raised her rebound average from 4.4 to 7.5 per outing. Besides her 2A title game record point production, Amanda notched 7 assists and 4 steals in defeat. She was also a member of last year’s AAU 17-U state runner-up Magic City Express. Her coach with that team, Jim Campbell, says that Norris "plays extremely hard and has an explosive first step to the basket."

    South Six roster (will play in June 12th exhibition at Purdue University)...

    TINA BOLTE, who helped the Bull Dogs to a 16-7 record, has verbally committed to play at Ball State. As a sophomore, Tina averaged 14.7 points and 3.1 assists per contest. Following this past season, she was named South Indiana’s best junior (outside the statewide core six) by Midwest Sports Publishing.

    RACHEL BROCKMAN helped Cathedral win back-to-back 3A state titles as a freshman and sophomore. Although the Irish did not three-peat after moving up to 4A, Rachel was chosen by Midwest Sports Publishing as the state’s #3 junior after the season. She led the 21-3 team by grabbing 7.8 rpg and blocking 32 shots, while her 14.4 ppg made her Cathedral’s second-best point producer. Rachel also notched 1.4 apg and 2.0 spg. The 2001 Street & Smith All-America honorable-mention recipient has verbally committed to Kathi Bennett’s Indiana program.

    MEGAN CASAD averaged 9.9 ppg and 2.9 apg as a sophomore for the 17-6 Panthers. She was named the South’s #4 junior (not counting members of the statewide core six) by Midwest Sports Publishing.

    LAURA GAYBRICK averaged 6 ppg and 3.8 rpg as a sophomore for the Falcons. For this past season, she received High Mention among juniors ranked by Midwest Sports Publishing.

    MISSY GLASER averaged 20 ppg, 4 rpg, and 4 apg as a sophomore with the Wildcats. This past season, she raised her point production to 22.1 per contest. In 15 outings, she scored 331 total points, with a high game of 36. Missy was named the South’s #2 junior (not counting members of the statewide core six) by Midwest Sports Publishing.

    CATHERINE GRAHAM scored a team-high 20 points in the Rebels’ 70-64 victory over Shenandoah in last March’s 2A championship game. Besides earning Catherine a spot on the All-Tournament team, the performance allowed legendary coach Donna Cheatham to finally bask in the glow of a state title. Graham averaged around 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals per contest for 2001-02. As a sophomore, she contributed 14.6 ppg, 6 rpg, and 5.5 apg to Southwestern’s cause.


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