The Colorado women's goals for improvement on the basketball court will be a tall order next season: 6'4" tall. To add depth and height to the post position, head coach Linda Lappe has recruited Robinson, Texas native Rachel Hargis to join the Buffs for the 2010-11 season; last week, Hargis signed the National Letter of Intent confirming her decision.
As a senior at Robinson High School, Hargis brought her team to a second place standing in District 19-3A as well as a spot in the 3A Region Quarterfinals. The Robinson Rockets finished out the 2010 season with 20 wins and 12 losses, and Hargis was a force behind that winning record. Averaging 14.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game, she was certainly a leader on the team and is prepared to take on tougher competition and more competitive play at the Big 12 level.
Hargis is ranked as the No.43 center in the nation by ESPN.com's HoopGurlz. In addition to earning SuperCenTex Second Team honors by the Waco Tribune-Herald and a 2010 McDonald's All-American Game nomination her senior year, Hargis was also named to the SuperCenTex First Team, the All-State Tournament Team, and the All-District 19-3A First Team during her standout season as a junior.
Hargis is a dynamic athlete, having been a part of both the volleyball and track & field teams at Robinson High. Her speed and size will be crucial to the post position, and according to Robinson Rockets coach Brenda Gomez, she "does a good job with people inside [and] runs the floor really well." Hargis and rising sophomore Melissa MacFarlane will replace recently graduated senior Courtney Dunn as center. Dunn was an integral part of the Buffs basketball roster for four years, and Hargis and MacFarlane have some big shoes to fill.
Hargis joins three other freshman recruits, including Denver East High School forward Shae Kelley and Ashley and Brittany Wilson, twin point guards from Poly High School in California. As these dynamic freshman add to the roster, the Buffs may see an exciting turnaround from last season's dull 13-17 record.
Thanks to cubuffs.com for the stats and quote, and to texasgirlsbasketball.com for the photo!