Noelle Quinn Makes Her College Choice

In one of the bigger recruiting surprises of the year, Bishop Montgomery (Calif.) shooting guard Noelle Quinn made her college choice and it's not to the school most thought. Quinn had a visit to Stanford this weekend but canceled the trip and decided to play for her childhood favorite.

"She committed to UCLA yesterday," Bishop Montgomery head coach Lisa Cooper said. "She has always wanted to play for UCLA, ever since she was a kid. She liked Kathy (Olivier) a lot and just felt more comfortable at UCLA."

Quinn is a consensus top 10 player nationally and is rated the No. 8 player in the country in the most recent issue of Student Sports Magazine and the No. 2 shooting guard.

"She's easily the best player I've ever coached," Coach Cooper said. "She plays all five positions for us and is an incredible player. I think she'll play the two guard at UCLA and that's probably her best position in college. She can do everything- shoot, handle the ball, rebound, distribute it.

"More than that, she's a great leader and a great person. She inspires the other players on our team by how hard she works. She loves the game and has a real passion for it."

Quinn averaged 21 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots a year ago to earn All-State and Junior All-American honors. She's also a talented volleyball player but will play just basketball in college.

The commitment by Quinn has already had an impact on recruiting for the Bruins as Amanda Livingston, a 6-1 forward from Troy (Calif.) committed today to UCLA saying the decision by Quinn was a big reason for her decision.

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