N.C. forward commits to USF women's hoops
USF women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez has picked up his fifth oral commitment for 2009 as Jessica Monroe, a 6-foot-2 forward from Durham, N.C., confirmed Tuesday that she will sign with the Bulls when the signing period begins Wednesday.
"It's a great opportunity to play there. I loved the people and the coaches," said Monroe, who made an official campus visit this past weekend and also considered Liberty before choosing the Bulls.
Monroe has played primarily power forward and center at Northern High, but said she has the versatility to play on the wing at USF. She said she averaged about seven points and 10 rebounds a game for a team that advanced to the state's sectional finals last season. Monroe is not among 54 players in North Carolina ranked by recruiting site Hoopgurlz.com.
"She's obviously got some height, and she's a phenomenal passer with good 3-point range," Northern coach Pam Adams said Tuesday. "I think Jessica will really come into her own as a college sophomore, because she's still growing. She has a lot of versatility and has been a great team player for us."
Monroe joins a recruiting class that already includes forward Tahira Johnson and guards Kaneisha Saunders, Tiffany Conner and Sequoyah Griffin.