California point guard picks Vanderbilt

California point guard sensation Jasmine Lister is the latest recruit to commit to the Vanderbilt Commodores. She will join previously announced 6-foot-8 inch Kayci Ferriss for the 2010-11 season.

The 5-foot-5 inch high school senior accepted the Commodore's offer officially on September 19 during a campus visit where she attended the Mississippi State football game with other potential recruits.

Jasmine drew serious interest from Nebraska and Florida State, considered Oregon and Oregon State, and turned down an offer from Boise State, an offer also extended to her identical twin Cinnamon who accepted the scholarship.

Vanderbilt was just hands down everything Jasmine wanted in a school," said Happi Lister, mother of the Santiago High School Scholar Athlete (freshman and junior years) who plans to be a pediatrician. "She wanted to go with Vandy because she's a strong student, and it has the academic program that she wants, the coaches she likes and players she respects. Everything about the school felt really comfortable."

The guard's forte is ball handling, speed and shooting. "She really likes the fast game Vanderbilt plays and is excited to be joining them," Happi said.

But don't just take momma's word for Jasmine's skills. Located near Riverside, California, Jasmine has already scored a number of honors as a junior: All-State First Team; All CIF-SS Division IAA First Team; All-Area First Team; Big VIII League MVP; Team MVP. In her sophomore year she was named All-State First Team; All CIF-SS Division IIAA First Team; All-Area First Team; Mountain View League MVP; Team MVP; and Mountain View League First Team.

As as junior Lister averaged 21.9 points, 2.9 assists, 2 rebounds, 1.6 steals and shot 39 percent from 3-point range.

One recruiting report assessed her skills as a player who can "score off the bounce, either attacking the rim or from pull-up jumpers, or from long distance; can make plays with the pass, and has quick hands and feet on defense."

Jasmine has been playing since she was seven. Happi adds, "She's been blessed to have good coaches and good training, and with natural ability – all that is a winning combination."

With the ‘Dores winning tradition, it should be a great fit.

For a complete list of Vanderbilt women's basketball 2010 commits click HERE.

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