Buckeyes Sign Two to National Letters of Intent
Head coach Kevin McGuff announced the signing of two players to national letters of intent on Thursday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff announced the signing of two players to national letters of intent on Thursday, guard Kaylan Pugh and center Theresa Ekhelar.
This is the second-straight year that McGuff has brought in a top-25 recruiting class. This year's class is ranked No. 22 according to Prospect Nation and McGuff sees both players fitting in well not only on the court but off the court as well.
"Kaylan is a really talented wing player who will be a great fit in our system," McGuff said. "Her strength, athleticism and speed will allow her to be a significant contributor to our team right away. She's also a tremendous high character kid that will bring great leadership qualities to the program."
Pugh is a physical 5-9 guard from Collierville, Tenn. She had a tremendous summer and is ranked as the No. 25 recruit in the class according to Prospect Nation. Her attacking style allowed her to lead Tennessee's division II in scoring in both 2012 and 2013 and she was a finalist for the TSSAA Division II Miss Basketball each of her first three seasons.
Ekhelar is one of the top emerging post players in the class. She's a four-star recruit according to Prospect Nation. She played two seasons at Woodbridge High School before transferring to Life Center Academy before the start of her junior year. She averaged four points and almost three blocks per game last season.
"Theresa's size and athleticism will help bolster our developing front line," said McGuff. "She's got tremendous potential and I look forward to helping her grow as a basketball player. She also has a great personality that will fit well with our team. I believe she'll positively impact our program for years to come."
St. Mary's Episcopal
Is an ESPN Top-100 and four-star recruit ... 25th ranked prospect in the country by Prospect Nation ... Had a breakout summer for the her club team, Tennessee Flight, leading it to a semifinals appearance at the Nike Nationals ... Led the tournament in rebounds at 11.1 per game and also averaged 14.7 points per game ... Grabbed a tournament-high 22 rebounds in one game ... Was a finalist for the TSSAA Division II Miss Basketball in each of her first three seasons ... Led the state in scoring in 2012 and 2013 ... Is a three-time All-State honoree and the 2014 District MVP ... Plays for Emily Owens at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Collierville, Tenn.
Life Center Academy
Is an emerging low-post prospect ... Ranked No. 104 by Prospects Nation ... Is a three-star player, according to ESPN's HoopGurlz and a four-star recruit by Prospect Nation ... Played two seasons at Woodbridge HS before transferring to Life Center Academy to play for coach Hilton Clarke for her final two seasons ... Saw action in 13 games at LCA as a junior and averaged 3.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.