With an exhibition game win over Lewis-Clark State College that showed the promise of one solid recruiting year after another begin to perform to expectations, Head Coach Kelly Graves took no time off from seeking out more top talent.
In what will be Graves' third banner recruiting class, which already included Post Falls, Idaho, standout Katy Ridenour and Ontario, Oregon, star Stephanie Hawk, two more outstanding high school seniors are poised to sign Letters of Intent.
Nanda McCormick, a 5'10" guard from Shorewood High School. She is a great student, a great athlete, and a great person. Nanda visited the GU campus and was very impressed with her future teammates, the staff and the school.
She is still somewhat raw as a basketball player right now, but with time, will develop into a fine player. She is a lefty with great defensive instincts and the ability to be a defensive stopper. She is long and athletic, very wiry, the kind of wings Coach Graves likes to recruit, similar to current Lady Zags Juliann Laney and Ashley Burke.
McCormick is also a big-time soccer player, perhaps a stronger soccer player than hoopster right now, but she loves basketball and that's what she wants to play in college. She was an All-Wesco 1st Team selection last year in basketball and averaged 14 ppg. She was one of the five finalists for the Seattle Times Athlete of the Year last year as only a junior and a strong candidate to win the award this year. A three time All-Wesco 1st Team selection in soccer, she also competes at a high level in the 110 and 300 hurdles, having qualified for state, and will finish her high school career as a 12 letter winner.
As a side note, when asked by the Seattle Times last year, on the feature page for Athlete of the Year, who her favorite team and athlete were she replied, "Gonzaga men's basketball team and Dan Dickau."
Rachel Kane hails from the island of Oahu, Hawaii. She is a savvy ballhandler, a smart player and a defensive terror, averaging as many steals as assists or rebounds. Her AAU coach describes her as the most talented player from Hawaii in seven years.
Rachel comes from a family rich in sports achievements on the islands and the mainland, from her grandfather to her sisters. She is not overly fast or quick but possesses invaluble basketball instincts, makes superb decisions while at point guard and is known for hustling 100% at all times, seemingly everywhere at once, according to her coaches.
She can score double figures, too.
Kane is an honors student, as is McCormick, and both will be great additions to the basketball team and its quest to turn the corner and climb towards the top of the WCC. Of equal importance, they will be outstanding future representatives of Gonzaga University.