Hightower signs to play for Lady Tigers

Allison Hightower, a 5-10 guard from Arlington, Texas, signed a National Letter of Intent to play for head coach Pokey Chatman and the LSU Lady Tigers basketball team, it was announced by Chatman on Wednesday, the first day of the early singing period.

Hightower, out of Juan Seguin High School, is rated as the sixth best player in the nation by Street & Smith's publication and the seventh best player in the nation by Round Ball Journal.

In July she participated in the Nike All-American Academy, an invitation only camp for the top 24 players in the nation, and was named a candidate for both the WBCA and McDonald's All-American teams that will be announced later this year.

"We're ecstatic that Allison will be joining our Lady Tiger basketball family," Chatman said. "Her ability to penetrate, pull up and shoot the three makes her tough to defend. But she is equally as effective and versatile on the defensive end of the floor. She seems to enjoy the unglamorous aspects of the game. She is truly a coach's dream."

Last season as a junior for Coach Courtney Phillips, Hightower was named the district's MVP after averaging 20.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, 5.4 steals and 4.9 assists per game. She also shot 47 percent from 3-point range and connected on 57.4 percent from the floor.

"LSU is where I fit in the best," Hightower said. "I decided to go to their camp this past summer to see how it was and I really liked it. I got to see how everything was and how they did things."

An outstanding athlete, Hightower showcased her athletic ability by earning the 2005 Texas High School high jump championship as a track and field competitor at Juan Seguin.

"Allison is an exceptional athlete that understands how to play the game," Chatman added. "I love watching her operate offensively without the ball - screening, cutting, reading defense. Then when she gets the ball she has a knack for scoring."

In addition to her high school accolades, Hightower was one of 36 junior basketball players invited to train and compete at the Olympic Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs, Colo., this past summer.

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