UCLA Women's Basketball Signs Top 5 Recruiting Class
Nov. 12, 2010
UCLA head women's basketball coach Nikki Caldwell announced today the signing of four highly-rated high school standouts - Sheila Boykin of Long Beach, CA (Long Beach Poly HS); Moriah Faulk of Santa Monica, CA (Santa Monica HS); Justine Hartman of Brea, CA (Brea-Olinda HS); and Kacy Swain of Temecula, CA (St. Bernard HS) - to national letters-of-intent. The four newcomers, rated collectively by ESPNU Hoopgurlz as the No. 4 recruiting class in the nation and by BlueStar Basketball as the No. 5 class, will enter UCLA in the fall of 2011 as freshmen and become members of the 2011-2012 Bruin women's basketball team.
Boykin, a 6-1 forward, averaged 9.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.7 steals per game last season for Long Beach Poly HS. She helped lead her high school team to the CIF SS Div. 1-AA championship and to the state title game a year ago. Boykin was named Moore League co-MVP, CIF Southern Section Div. I-AA Player of the Year and Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team Player of the Year. She was rated the No. 27 player in the nation and No. 10 forward by ESPNU Hoop Gurlz.
Faulk, a 5-9 guard, averaged 9.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals last season for Santa Monica, CA High School. She connected on 28 three-point shots while shooting 43% from distance. Faulk, who played with current Bruin freshman Thea Lemberger a year ago at Santa Monica HS, helped lead the Vikings to the Ocean League championship and the CIF Div. IA title. Her Samohi team also advanced to the semifinals of the Southern California state regional tournament. Faulk is considered one of the top guard prospects on the West Coast.
Hartman, a 6-2 post, was ranked the No. 7 player in the nation and the No. 2 post player by ESPNU Hoop Gurlz. She sat out most of the 2009-10 season after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL in Nov. of 2009. In 2008-09, she averaged 15 points and seven rebounds for her Brea-Olinda HS team which captured the Century League title, the CIF Southern Section Div. II-AA title and the Div. II State championship. She was selected to the USA Basketball U16 team which captured the gold medal in the FIBA Americas Championships played in Mexico City in August of 2009. Hartman averaged 10.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in the Championships, including a 14-point effort in the gold medal contest versus Canada.
Swain, a 6-3 forward, was rated the No. 25 player in the nation and the No. 9 forward according to ESPNU Hoop Gurlz after averaging 12.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.2 blocks and 1.4 steals for Chaparral HS in Temecula. She also received an invitation to the USA Basketball U16 team trials.
"These four young ladies are not only great basketball players, but exceptional young people," said coach Caldwell. "We look forward to them joining the Bruin family and contributing to the success of our program."
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