EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon women’s basketball program has signed guard McKynzie Fort and forward Tatum Neubert to National Letters of Intent in the early signing period, head coach Paul Westhead announced on Thursday.
Fort, a 5-foot-9 guard from Etiwanda, Calif. (Etiwanda HS) and Neubert, a 6-foot-2 forward from Elizabeth, Colo. (Elizabeth HS) will join the Ducks for the 2014-15 season.
“This class fits exactly what we were looking for,” Westhead said. “We are always looking for more athleticism and size and McKynzie and Tatum fit the bill. McKynzie is an explosive wing player that is also highly skilled while Tatum is the ideal post player in our offense as she can shoot from the outside and score in the paint. We are very excited for both to become Ducks next season.”
5-foot-9 | Guard | Etiwanda, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)
Named first-team all-Baseline League as a junior after helping Etiwanda HS to its best season in school history...Averaged 13.1 points and 3.8 assists, guiding the Eagles to their first appearance in the CIF Southern Section 1AA championship game...Scored 15 points as Etiwanda HS defeated Mater Dei HS in the semifinals before falling in the title game to Chrishae Rowe’s Santiago HS squad...Also named all-area as a junior by the San Bernadino Sun...Played AAU ball with FBC SoCal 1, the same club program that produced Jillian Alleyne...Four other Etiwanda HS players also signed Div. I NLIs in the early signing period, along with Fort – Amy Okonwo (USC), Cherice Harris (Arizona), Alyssa Anderson (UNLV) and Daeja Smith (Cal State Fullerton)...Joins Rowe (Corona, Calif.) and Alleyne (Fontana, Calif.) as current Ducks from Southern California’s Inland Empire area.
“McKynzie is a very dynamic young lady, both on the court and in the classroom,” said assistant coach Shandrika Lee. “She will add explosive athleticism to our program and fits our uptempo style of play. Her ability to create scoring opportunities for herself and her teammates is going to be a lot of fun to watch.”
6-foot-2 | Forward | Elizabeth, Colo. (Elizabeth HS)
Averaged 15 points and 7.2 rebounds as a junior at Elizabeth HS...A two-time honorable mention all-state 4A selection by the Denver Post as a junior and sophomore...Named first-team all-4A Jefferson County League as a sophomore and junior...Helped the Cardinals to a 17-7 record as a junior in 2012-13 and a No. 3 seed in the CHSAA girls state basketball tournament...Tallied 10.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots per game as a sophomore...Played AAU basketball with the Colorado Rockies club team...Joins Megan Carpenter (Longmont, Colo.) as current Ducks from Colorado.
“Tatum will be a great addition to our run-and-gun offense,” said assistant coach Bianca Ziemann. “Her ability to play inside and outside is a big advantage in both our offensive system and our defensive schemes.”