The Auburn women's basketball team signed six players to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period for the class of 2013.
Keonna Famer, a 6-1 wing from Birmingham, Ala., Katie Frerking, a 6-1 guard from Johns Creek, Ga., Brandy Montgomery, a 5-10 guard from Port St. Lucie, Fla., Shae Nelson, a 6-1 post from Cordova, Tenn., Allina Starr, a 5-10 point guard from Minneapolis, Minn., and Meagan Tucker, a 5-8 guard from Covington, Ga., will join the Tigers for the 2013-14 season, head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy announced Wednesday.
“I think we’ve got a really good class coming in this year,” said Williams-Flournoy. “I think they really fit our style of play. They are going to have an opportunity to play in the SEC and do well for us.”
The signing class is the first for Williams-Flournoy in her tenure at Auburn. It comes in ranked as the No. 18 class in the nation according to Blue Star Basketball.
“We got some point guards that like to push the ball up the floor and that can score and transition as well,” said Williams-Flournoy. “We are bringing in two shooters that can really shoot in on the wing for us. And just kids that are long lanky athletes that can fit into our press.”
Ranked as No. 28 wing in the country by ESPN, Farmer was rated a four-star prospect by ESPN and is on their 2013 100 Players to Watch List. She averaged 14.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals during her junior season at Center Point High School, leading the team to a 25-9 record and a state semifinal appearance. As a sophomore, she helped lead Center Point to a 29-3 record and its first 5A state championship.
“I think Keonna definitely fits when you think of our one-two-two press of any of our presses,” said Williams-Flournoy. “She’s long, she’s at the top of the press, she’s hard to pass over. Plus she’s also a kid that can put it on the floor, she can attack the basket, she can shoot the jumper. She’s definitely a kid that fits well in our system.”
Farmer is a two-time ASWA All-State First Team selection and was named Northeast Player of the Year last season. She is also a two-time 5A Final Four All-Tournament Team honoree and was picked for the North and South All-Star Team. She played club basketball for the Alabama Roadrunners.
Frerking is rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN and is ranked as a top-100 wing. She scored 9.0 points with 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 2.0 steals and 2.5 assists per game last season for The Wesleyan School, helping the team to a 32-2 record and a third consecutive state championship. In the state championship game, she tallied a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds along with six assists, four steals and two blocks. She was named to the All-State, All-Region and All-County Second Teams while the team finished the season ranked 16th in the nation.
“Katie’s also another athlete that can put the ball on the floor, she has a really good outside shot,” said Williams-Flournoy. “Her basketball IQ is really high, she’s just a kid we can put in a lot of positions. She won’t just have one set position on the floor.”
Frerking also played club basketball with Peak Performance, helping the team to appearances at Fila Nationals, Nike Nationals and Junior Nationals in Washington, D.C.
Montgomery is coming off a season in which she was named the Florida 4A Player of the Year after scoring 24 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.8 steals per game for Lincoln Park High School, who finished the season 23-3, advanced to the regional semifinals and was ranked the No. 3 team in Florida. Entering her senior year, she has scored 2,285 career points.
“Brandy Montgomery, she’s a kid that can shoot the three,” said Williams-Flournoy. “She’s long, she’s lanky, she’s athletic. She can attack the basket. Brandy’s also a good rebounder, so she’s a good guard coming in rebounding the ball for us.”
She is also a two-time All-State selection, three-time All-Area First Team and was the All-Area Player of the Year. She has led her team to a 68-10 record in her first three seasons. Montgomery also plays club basketball for Essence, helping the team win the silver bracket at Nike Nationals and the Boo Williams Tournament.
Nelson comes to Auburn out of Cordova High School with stops at Ole Miss and Northwest Florida State College along the way. At Cordova, she averaged 16.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game as a senior and was a three-time All-District selection.
“With such a big class, you want to bring in a kid that has some experience, especially with Shae having SEC experience that really helps us a lot,” said Williams-Flournoy. “Shea can shoot the three for us. Shea’s another kid we can play versatile, that can play a few different positions. She is a shooter, but we may actually post her up with smaller guards on her. She’s just someone we can use in a variety of ways.”
In her lone season at Ole Miss, she played in 24 games with 12 starts, averaging 7.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. She hit a team-best 45 3-pointers on the season, scoring in double figures in eight games with two 20-point games, 22 against Kentucky and 21 at Auburn. She left Ole Miss after the 2010-11 season and is playing at Northwest Florida State College this season.
Starr has been named All-Metro and All-Conference the last three years, helping DelaSalle to back-to-back state championships. As a junior, she scored 16.0 points with 8.0 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game, scoring 24 points in the AAA State Championship Game.
“Allina Starr brings in a big point guard,” said Williams-Flournoy. “She can play the one, she can play the two, she can shoot the three but likes to attack the basket. When you think about your point guard position you want a kid that’s not afraid to speak up and lead and as a freshman I have no doubt that it won’t be hard for her to open her mouth and tell everyone what needs to be done and what she wants them to do.”
She has led the DeLaSalle to an 86-8 record during her three years. Starr has also played club basketball for the Minnesota Stars.
Rounding out the class is Tucker, a four-star prospect by ESPN ranked as the No. 28 guard in the country. As a junior, she led Alcovy with 15.6 points per game, leading the team to the state final four. During the season, she also eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau, becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer. She was also named All-Region and honorable mention All-State.
“Meagan’s also another point guard, a lefty point guard, can attack the rim, can shoot the three,” said Williams-Flournoy. “Meagan also is another leader, just when we were looking at point guards we wanted to bring in young ladies that were great leaders on their teams and could be great leaders on our floor for us.”
During her time at Alcovy, she has led the team to a 63-20 record, making the playoffs all three years. She also plays for the Georgia Metros Nike Elite club team, leading the squad to wins at the Battle in the Boro and the Silver Division of the Nike Nationals.