"The thing that stands out first and foremost about this class is that they have been winners at the high school level and in the summer while playing at the highest level of travel basketball in the country," said head coach Kristy Curry. "They understand what it takes to be successful and bring that mind set and work ethic to our program. This is our first class we have been able to evaluate and recruit for the majority of their high school careers. We feel like this class will lay the foundation of our program for the next several years."
Ashton, a 6-0 forward from LaMarque, Texas, averaged 16.5 points, 10 rebounds and 2.1 blocks as a junior at Dickinson High School. As a junior, Ashton led her team to the 4A state championship game but fell short to Dallas Lincoln, 50-47. Ashton had 14 points in the state championship game. She was first team All-Galveston County as a junior, while being named first team all-county, all-district and all-region as a sophomore. Ashton was also selected first team all-district as a freshman, as well as second team all-county and named Newcomer of the Year. Ashton plays AAU for the Cy-Fair Shock.
"Marissa has the ability to play both inside and out," stated Curry. "She is another proven winner, having made it to the state championship game as a junior, who brings the versatility that is so prominent in our league. We believe she has only scratched the surface potential wise and has a chance to be a very special player."
A native of Parker, Colo., Bokenkamp is a 5-9 guard from Regis Jesuit High School. This year her team is preseason ranked third in the nation by USA Today and ESPN and sixth in the ESPN Rise Fab 50 Magazine. As a junior, Bokenkamp averaged 8.4 points as she shot 55.6 percent from the field and 51.6 percent from three-point range and was named honorable mention all-state by the Denver Post. Her team finished with a 25-3 record and was ranked No. 3 in the nation. As a sophomore, Bokenkamp was named to the all-tournament teams at the LaJolla Country Day Sweet 16 and at the River City Classic and her team finished 26-2 and was ranked No. 18 nationally. Her team was 25-3 and ranked 25th in the country as a freshman. Bokenkamp has helped her team to three-straight state tournament Final Fours, including the championship game as a freshman and a junior. In her three years, her team has recorded an impressive 76-8 record. In the summer of 2004 she was selected to the End of the Oregon Trail all-tournament team. Bokenkamp plays AAU for the Mile Hi Magic.
"Mary is a pure shooter who brings an outstanding work ethic from one of the premier high school programs in the country, Regis Jesuit," Curry said. "Her unlimited shooting range will definitely help stretch the defenses of future Lady Raider opponents."
Brown, a 5-8 guard who hails from Dallas, Texas, averaged 16 points, six rebounds and eight assists as a junior at Lincoln High School. During her junior year, Brown was named all-state, all-region and All-Dallas-Fort Worth Area. She was selected to the 12-4A all-district team and was the Defensive Player of the Year. She helped lead her team to the 4A state championship title over Dickinson, 50-47, and was named to the state tournament all-tournament team. She has been named to the Fab 5 Players to Watch in Class 4A this year. Brown plays AAU for the DFW Elite.
"Chynna is a proven winner and brings a toughness that we feel we need on the perimeter," said Curry. "She has won a state championship and played at the highest level in the summers with DFW Elite. She has great floor vision and has a knack for finding a way to win games."
Just the second international student-athlete ever signed by the Lady Raiders, Hyde is a 5-10 guard from Brampton, Ontario, Canada, who averaged 25 points, 10 rebound and five assists at Ascension of Our Lord Secondary as a junior. As a junior, Hyde's team was ROPSSAA Champions and qualified for the AA OFSSAA Provincial Championships. Her club team won Provincial Bronze Medal in 2006 and the Provincial Silver Medal in 2005. Hyde had her best game of career with 32 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in win over Robert Hall. She was also named High School Athlete of the Year on two occasions.
"Christine brings much needed size and athleticism to the perimeter for the 2009 recruiting class," said Curry. "Her ability to score in transition will be an outstanding addition to our squad."
Nobles, a 6-3 post from Haslet, Texas, averaged 19.5 points, 15.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per contest as a junior at Northwest High School. She was selected District Offensive Player of the Year, while being named first team all-district and all-region by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC). Nobles was also named to the Northwest Invitational All-Tournament team and is Northwest's all-time leading scorer and rebounder. As a junior, Nobles was first team TABC all-region and first team all-district, and named MVP of the Cougar Classic and the New Braunfels Tournament. She was also selected to the Northwest Classic All-Tournament team. During her sophomore year, Nobles was District Offensive Player of the Year, TABC all-region and first team all-district. She was named to the all-tournament teams at the Northwest Classic, New Braunfels Tournament and Aledo Tournament. Nobles was also named to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram All-Northeast Tarrant County team. She has been named to the Fab 5 Players to Watch in Class 4A this season. Nobles plays AAU for the DFW Elite.
"Shauntal is an athletic post player who adds size and depth to our team. She played along with Chynna Brown on a nationally ranked travel team, DFW Elite, the past summer and was very successful against the best competition in the country," Curry noted. "She has a tremendous up-side as a college player and has a strong desire to reach her full potential."
Smalls is a 5-6 guard from The Woodlands, Texas, who averaged 13.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 8.3 steals as a junior at College Park High School. As a junior, Smalls was named all-state by the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) and TABC all-region, while being selected District MVP and All-Montgomery County MVP. Smalls helped lead her team to a 32-5 record and the District 14-5A championship, while advancing to the area round of playoffs. She was named all-region and all-district as a sophomore as well as being named to the all-tournament teams at the Conroe Tournament and the Taco Bell Tournament. As freshman, Smalls was first team all-district and Defensive Player of the Year, and was all-county and MVP of the Willis Tournament. Smalls plays AAU for the Cy-Fair Shock.
"Monique is one of the best true point guards in the country," stated Curry. "She is the kind of worker and leader you want in your guard position. She loves the defensive end of the floor as much as the offensive end and I think this in itself makes her unique."