Nov. 11, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah women's basketball team has announced the signings of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. Danielle Rodriguez (Downey, Calif.), Nakia Arquette (Spokane, Wash.) and Paige Crozon (Humboldt, Saskatchewan) will join the Utes in 2012-13.
"I am very pleased with this recruiting class, as this addresses our needs for the immediate future," Utah head coach Anthony Levrets said. "And just as importantly, these young women are high quality student-athletes who will be excellent representatives of the University of Utah and women's basketball during their careers."
Rodriguez is an all-region and all-conference point guard out of Warren High School. She averaged 15.3 points per game last season. Rodriguez is the student-body president of her 4,000 student high school.
"Danielle is a very gifted point guard," Levrets said. "She has played at a high level in high school and in club ball, and she possesses both the basketball and leadership skills to be a point guard at the very highest level."
Arquette helped lead Lewis and Clark High School to the 2011 state title and was selected to the all-tournament team, and was also an all-league selection despite sitting out most of the year with an injury. The honor roll student was named the state's 4A sportsmanship award winner.
"Nakia comes from one of the best high school programs in the state of Washington," Levrets said. "She is going to be well prepared for college basketball. She is a very versatile player who can play inside but can also shoot from three with incredible accuracy."
Crozon has been participating with the Canadian National Team for the past two seasons, playing in the 2011 U19 World Championship for Women, the 2011 Pan-Am Games and the 2010 U17 World Championship for Women. A versatile athlete, she has won provincial championships in basketball, volleyball, track, hockey and swimming.
Utah is beginning its first season in the Pac-12. The Utes won seven of 12 Mountain West Conference regular season championships from 1999-2011.
For more on each signee, please continue below.
Warren HS/Downey Calif.
Second-team all-CIF Southern Section at Warren HS ... averaged 15.3 points, 4.8 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals as a junior, leading Warren to a league title ... league MVP as a junior and freshman ... two-time all-league ... all-region as a sophomore in 2009-10 ... 14.1 points, 7.4 assists, 3.5 steals and 4.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore ... two-year team captain ... four-year varsity player ... plays club ball with Cal Swish ... student-body president of 4,000 student school ... also ran cross country and track ... two-time San Gabriel Valley League Champion in cross country ... state qualifier in the 1,600 meters ... also played volleyball.
Spokane, Wash./Lewis and Clark HS
Helped lead Lewis and Clark to the 2011 state title with a 20-6 record ... named second-team all-tournament ... second-team all-Greater Spokane League, despite sitting out most of the year with a broken foot ... 14.8 points and 8.6 rebounds, shooting 49-percent from the field ... 2011 4A sportsmanship award winner ... 2011 Jack Blair Memorial Girls All-Star Classic ... played club ball with Northwest Blazers ... also an all-league softball player ... honor roll student.
Humboldt, Saskatchewan/Humboldt Collegiate Institute
Played for the Canadian National Team in the 2011 U19 World Championship for Women and the 2011 Pan-Am Games ... was the second-youngest player on the U19 team ... also played with Canada at the 2010 U17 World Championship for Women ... a three-year member of Team Saskatchewan ... a versatile athlete who won provincial championships in 4A basketball (2011), volleyball (2010), discus (2010), AA women's hockey (2009, 2010), and speed swimming (several races from 2001-08) ... also finished second in the province in the high jump (2009, 2010) and the shot put (2009) ... 2011 Humboldt team MVP.