Kelly Graves Gets Two Top Guards

Mission accomplished for 2006 backcourt recruits as star guards Simone Jordan and Tatriana Lorenzo give head women's coach Kelly Graves verbal commitments. If this keeps up, 2006 just might provide the best recruiting class in Gonzaga women's history.


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A poised, heady point guard with cat-quick reflexes and an ultra-athletic do-it-all off-guard the likes of which Gonzaga has seldom, if ever, seen.

This is how well recruiting for 2006 has gone so far for the Lady Zags.

5'7" PG Tatriana Lorenzo has been on the Zags' wish list for years, discovered early when fellow Hawaiian Rachel Kane committed to GU three years ago. A pure point guard, "Tatri" excells on defense and is a superb passer and ballhandler. She will score when need be, but her best aspect is involving her teammates and making them better. She will try to lead her Kamehameha High School team to state, despite not having much help in the talent department there.

5'9" CG Simone Jordan has been recruited for years by Gonzaga but because of a knee injury she has been under the radar for the past 10 months. Easily one of the most athletic guards to ever commit to the Zags, Simone can just about do it all, from filling it up on offense, playing a little point guard, to being a defensive stopper. Her upside is tremendous and word inside Portland area hoops is that there is not a more big-time go-to talent than Simone in Oregon. If she stays healthy her senior year, look for big things from Simone at Franklin High School in Portland.

This completes the 2006 guards for GU, and now Kelly Graves and his staff will turn their full attention on forwards, including in-state standouts Heather Bowman of Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane and Vivien Frieson of Garfield High School in Seattle. Both are around 6'0" and both are outstanding prospects. If the Zags can land one or both of Bowman and Frieson, the 2006 class may be the finest ever.

GU Nation congratulates and welcomes Simone and Tatriana to the Gonzaga community and wishes them a great senior year of basketball for their respective schools.


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