EUGENE, Ore. - Willamette High School standout guard Lexi Bando has signed a grant-in-aid agreement and will join the Oregon women's basketball team for the 2014-15 season, head coach Kelly Graves announced Thursday.
“Lexi is a great competitor and she’s a winner," Graves said. "She plays big in the biggest moments. She is a tremendous shooter and a great defender. She is really long and athletic and plays with attitude, which I love. Lexi is a great kid with a great heart. She’s really the whole package.”
Bando joins 5-foot-9 guard McKynzie Fort (Etiwanda, Calif./Etiwanda HS) and 6-foot-2 forward Tatum Neubert (Elizabeth, Colo./Elizabeth HS), who both signed in the early signing period, in Oregon's incoming freshman class.
Bando originally signed with Graves at Gonzaga, but was given her full release and will be eligible to play in her first season at Oregon.
5-8 | Guard | Eugene, Ore. | Willamette HS
A 2013-14 McDonald’s All-America nominee…A three-time first team all-state selection for head coach Paul Brothers at Willamette HS…Named The Oregonian’s 5A Player of the Year as a senior after leading Willamette to a 5A state title…Scored 29 points in Willamette’s 63-54 win over Corvallis in the championship game…Averaged 22.3 points per game during the state tournament and 20.5 points overall as a senior…Also named 5A first team all-state, first team all-tournament, and first team all-League in a state championship season as a junior...Averaged 23.0 points, seven rebounds, six steals and four assists per game as a junior…Scored 23 points and had six rebounds in the state championship game as a junior, including key free throws down the stretch to ice title game win… As a sophomore, averaged 17 points and four rebounds per game and was named all-league first team, all-state first team, and all-state tournament first team as Willamette HS finished runner-up in the state tournament.
Played for head coach Gary Lavender and Oregon Elite.