Tiffany Jackson Headlines UT Women's Hoops Haul

All-American 6-3 post Tiffany Jackson, rated as nation's No. 2 recruit, headlines the three UT signees; Jackson joins 6-5 All-American Kalee Carey and 6-2 forward Katrina Robinson as Longhorns sign three Texas standouts to National Letters of Intent.

University of Texas women's basketball head coach Jody Conradt announced Wednesday the signing of three standout high school post players to National Letters of Intent for the upcoming 2003-04 academic year. The three signees are headlined by consensus All-American and 6-3 forward/wing Tiffany Jackson (Dallas, Texas/Duncanville HS), rated as the nation's No. 2 recruit overall by the All-Star Girls Report and the nation's top-ranked wing player and a preseason First Team All-America pick by Street & Smith and McDonald's. Jackson, who will play for Duncanville for the first time this fall, spent the last three years starring at Dallas Lincoln H.S. where she led Dallas Lincoln to the Texas State Class 4A title in 2000 and to state runnerup finishes in 2001 and 2002.

Joining Jackson for the 2003-04 campaign at Texas will be Street & Smith and Nike All-America 6-5 center Kalee Carey (Canyon, Texas/Canyon HS), rated as the 44th-best player nationally by All-Star Girls Report who led powerhouse Canyon H.S. to the State 4A title in 2000 and the regional finals the last two years; and 6-2 forward Katrina Robinson (Grand Prairie, Texas/South Grand Prairie HS), a 2002 USA Junior Olympics performer and an All-District standout.

Wednesday is the first day of the November early signing period, which runs through Wednesday, Nov. 20. With these three commitments, Texas has concluded its early signings.

"I'm thrilled with these three commitments, and this recruiting class starts with Tiffany Jackson," Conradt noted. "Last year, we focused on shoring up our guard play during recruiting, and this year we turned our attention to post play. To sign a player with a national profile and a talent like Tiffany is tremendous for our program. She can play at any position, and she is so explosive in the open court. Not only does Tiffany headline our class of signees, but she headlines the Class of 2003 nationally.

We have had many versatile outstanding players in our program, but Tiffany moves rapidly to the top of that list. She's so unique because of her versatility, and is as passionate about the game of basketball as any player I've seen at this level. The recruiting process was incredibly intense, and it was made especially difficult because we've gotten to know Tiffany so well over the past two years when she attended our summer camp. That raised the emotional stakes even higher. As terrific a player as Tiffany is, she is equally terrific as a person. I look forward to having her here at UT, as she is one of those very rare players who makes everyone around her better. "

"Additionally, we've drastically enhanced our post play with the added additions of Kalee and Katrina. We've not had a player of Kalee's caliber in quite some time. She is a legitimate 6-5 post who has really matured over the past year. Kalee had a very good summer in national competition and at camps, and she will give us a "five" player with great presence. As she matures as a player, Kalee's upside is tremendous. The same is true with Katrina. She has lots of potential and great quickness. Defensively, she's already a presence and is a great shot blocker. Katrina's coming along a little later in her game, and has played for many years in the shadow of her older sister [former Texas Player of the Year and high school All-American] Ashley [Robinson]. I'll be surprised if Katrina's not an impact player before her collegiate career ends."

The consensus All-American Jackson averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds for Dallas Lincoln H.S. as a junior. The past two summers, she earned MVP and All-America honors at the BCI Nationals and at the adidas camp. A first team All-State standout the last two years, Jackson also was District MVP and MVP of the State regional tournaments the past two seasons.

Carey, another Street & Smith and Nike All-American, played on the USA Youth Development Festival South Team this past summer. She is the 12th-rated center in this year's recruiting class. The Texas All-State player averaged 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds for Canyon as a junior.

Robinson averaged nine points and five rebounds for South Grand Prairie as a junior when she was named to the All-District Team. She also participated on the 2002 Junior Olympic Team.

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