Jennifer Risper, a 5-9 combo guard from Moreno (Calif.) Canyon Springs High School, has become Vanderbilt's fourth verbal commitment for the class of 2005.
As a junior Risper averaged 20.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.6 steals per game. She was selected to the first team all-CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) as a junior, and to the all-state sophomore and junior teams her sophomore and junior years.
According to Gail Hale, girls basketball coach at Canyon Springs, Risper can play either the point guard or shooting guard positions.
"She has a very balanced game," Hale told VandyMania on Friday. "She's great at dribble penetration, she has a nice pull-up jumper, and she's got a great 3-point shot.
"She likes to take it to the hole, is very aggressive, and she likes contact," Hale said.
According to her coach, Risper is the kind of a player who makes her teammates better. She knows how to draw defensive attention on a drive, then dish off to a waiting teammate for an easy basket. "She's just a great kid and a good student," said Hale.
Vanderbilt is expected to sign four players during the early signing period that begins next month. Besides Risper, Vanderbilt has secured non-binding verbal commitments from 6-3 post Amy Malo (Fairmont, Minn.), 6-2 forward Cristina Wirth (Chandler, Ariz.), and 5-9 guard Holly Rogers (Cleveland, Tenn.). All are expected to sign letters-of-intent in November.
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