Nov. 16, 2012
UCLA head women's basketball coach Cori Close announced today the signing of two highly-rated high school standouts - Savanna Trapp (Esko, Minn./Esko HS) and Dominique Williams (Phoenix, Ariz./St. Mary's HS) - to national letters of intent. The two newcomers complete the Bruins' early signing class and will enter UCLA in the fall of 2013 as freshmen and will become members of the 2013-14 women's basketball team.
"We had two major priorities for this class and we think we filled them perfectly," Coach Close said. "We needed a dominant presence in the post and a quarterback-type leader at point guard, and we think we got both of those in Savanna (Trapp) and Dominique (Williams). They will both be great representatives of this excellent institution. They are leaders at their schools on and off the court and embody great character. UCLA will be very fortunate to have them as ambassadors."
Trapp, a 6-9 center, averaged 20.1 points and 9.5 rebounds in the 2011-12 season, helping lead her Esko High School team out of Esko, Minn., to a third straight Section 7AA championship game. Trapp will be the tallest Bruin in UCLA women's basketball history (Sissy Pickett, 6-7, Coushatta, La., 2002-05). She set single-season school records for points (604) and shooting percentage (66.0) last year and blocked 153 shots, shy of her single-season state record of 204 set during her sophomore season (2010-11). The Eskomos are 75-14 (.843) during her three years under Esko Head Coach Scott Antonutti. They have gone 10-0 in Polar League play in each of the last two seasons, winning conference titles both years. Trapp was named honorable mention All-Polar League in 2009-10, a second team All-League pick in 2010-11 and a first team All-League selection in 2011-12. She was also named to the second team Duluth News Tribune All-Area Team in 2010-11 and to the first team last year. An MGBCA Class AA All-Star Selection in 2011-12, Trapp also earned honorable mention All-State accolades last year.
"Savanna has unlimited potential," Close said. "She is still growing into her skill set, but her agility and her ability to catch the ball, combined with her abilities on defense can be a game changer for us. She will definitely fuel our fast break. Blocked shots do more for your up-tempo offense than anything else, and we're excited to see her do that. The only thing bigger than her 6-foot-9 frame, is her smile and personality. She is a hard worker and has an adventurous spirit, and I think it is that spirit and personality that is going to help us lead our team to a championship level."
Williams, a 5-9 point guard, averaged 11 points, 9.0 assists, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 steals per game last year, leading the Knights to a 30-0 record. St. Mary's won a state and national championship in 2011-12 as she registered a 6-to-1 assist to turnover ratio. She has guided St. Mary's to the state championship game all three years, winning the last two, and has never lost a home game under Head Coach Curtis Ekmark. She is rated the No. 21 point guard in the country and the No. 94 player overall by ESPN's HoopGurlz. The St. Mary's girls' basketball team won the elite Joe Smith Division of the Nike Tournament Championship, widely considered the unofficial national championship of girls' high school basketball.
"Dominique is a winner," Close said. "She has helped build a program from obscurity to winning a national championship last year. Our practices will be better because Dominique is in them. She inspires people around her to play at a higher level. Not only will she make a great impact on our program, but she will raise the level of her teammates because she is there."