Frese Signs Another Top 10 Recruiting Class for 2008-09
Nov. 19, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland head coach Brenda Frese signed a sixth-straight top-10 recruiting class as Lynetta Kizer and Demauria Liles, two of the Washington, D.C., area's top talents, signed National Letters of Intent to play in College Park. The low-post duo will join the Terps for the 2008-09 campaign.
"Our number one goal is to always keep the best talent in the state locally and nationally playing for us," said Frese. "We have done that again with this class."
From Woodbridge, Va., Lynetta Kizer is rated the top post player in the nation by Hoopzgurlz.com and is No. 5 best player in the country, overall, at all positions. A dominating player in the paint, Kizer led Potomac High School to the state finals for the first time in 19 years in 2006. Last year, she scored a career-high 42 points and had 19 rebounds in a game, leading the state of Virginia in scoring. She went on to be named to the Washington Post's All-Metro third team, also garnering All-Northwest Region, All-Cardinal District and all-area nods for the third time.
"We're excited to have someone of Lynetta's caliber join our team," said Frese. "She will have an immediate impact on this team and this program. She will be the biggest post player we have had here so far we're looking forward to working with her and developing her skills. She can already shoot and handle the ball well and will give us a physical post presence inside."
A 6-foot-3 center, Kizer won a gold medal as a member of the White Team at the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival last summer. She was invited to participate in the NIKE Skills Academy and has been named to several AAU all-tournament teams as a member of the Boo Williams Club squad.
A native of Laurel, Md., Demaura Liles is rated the No. 1 junior college forward in the country, leading Gulf Coast Community College to a 28-3 record last year. An honorable mention all-American as a high school senior, Liles had signed a National Letter of Intent in 2005 to attend Maryland.
"Liles will bring an `above the rim' dimension to our team. She is one of the most athletic and explosive players in the country," said Frese. "She will be very quick in the post and is able to bring defenders outside where she can shoot over or drive by them. I've always thought versatility equals value and Dee certainly brings that."
Last summer, the 6-1 post was a finalist for the USA U19 World Championship team, along with current Terrapins Marah Strickland (Mt. Airy, Md./Towson Catholic) and Drey Mingo (Atlanta, Ga./Marist). A two-time adidas high school All-American and an honorable mention WBCA All-American, she played at Riverdale Baptist High Schoo. for current Terrapins assistant coach Diane Richardson, leading the team to a No. 3 national ranking by USA Today and a 30-1 record.
This year's recruiting class was ranked 10th by the All-Star Girls Report. All six of Frese's recruiting class since she arrived at Maryland have been rated among the top 10, including three which were ranked among the top five.
The Terrapins are coming off a stunning, 75-62, win over fourth-ranked LSU in the championship game of the Preseason WNIT. The team is back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 20 against local-rival Loyola. For tickets, visit www.umterps.com or call the Comcast Center Ticket Office at 1-800-IM-A-TERP.