Tom Collen inks McCoughtry and Mixon

Two players have signed national letters-of-intent to continue their basketball playing careers at the University of Louisville announced head coach Tom Collen. Forward Angel McCoughtry and guard Neka Mixon give the Cardinals their best recruiting class in school history.

McCoughtry, a 6-1 forward from Patterson School in Lenoir, N.C., is ranked as the 10th best forward in the nation by All-Star Girls Report. She was named the 2003 Metro Girls Basketball Player of the Year in Baltimore, Md. She averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds per game her senior year at St. Francis High School.

"Angel is an incredible athlete," said Collen. "It was our good fortune to sign her before the other top programs in the coutnry realized she was available at the Patterson Prep School. She plays as hard as any player I have ever coached, so she will bring a level of energy we need to go to the next level. Angel was asked to play the post in high school because of her size, but we plan to develop her as a small forward. She has the potential to be a defensive stopper for us at the one, two or three positions."

McCoughtry was named a Street & Smith's Honorable Mention All-American her junior and senior seasons. She was named to the all-metro team her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. She was named an adidas Upperclass All-Star in 2003.

Mixon, a 6-0 guard from Long Beach Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif., is ranked as the 26th best guard in the nation by All-Star Girls Report. She finished her junior season averaging 15.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and six assists per game. She was also named a Street & Smith's Honorable Mention All-American since her freshman season.

"Neka might be one of the most underrated players in the country," said Collen. "She is versatile enougth to play all three perimeter positions. She is a tremendous three-point shooter and a skilled passer. Our post players will lover her because she will get them the ball and protect them from double teams. Our players loved her on her visit because she is such a humble person despite her talent. Our men signed a couple of players a few years back who were underated as well. Their names are Taquan Dean and Francisco Garcia. I expect the same results someday from Neka Mixon."

As a junior she was named an adidas Underclass All-Star. She earned first team all-state honors as a sophomore and junior. Mixon was named to the Los Angeles All-Star team her junior year. She was named to the Press-Telegram Dream Team as a junior.

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