Blue Demons Sign Four Multi-Talented Recruits
Nov. 8, 2017
CHICAGO – Coach Doug Bruno and his DePaul women’s basketball team officially welcomed four new players to Lincoln Park Wednesday on National Letter of Intent signing day.
Representing the next wave of Blue Demons are 5-foot, 10-inch guard Sonya Morris from Incarnate Word High Academy in St. Louis, 5-7 playmaker Amaya Stovall of Parkway North High School in St. Louis, 5-10 guard Lexi Held from Cooper High School in Burlington, Ky. and 6-2 Nadege Jean from south suburban Rich South.
“We are very excited about another solid recruiting class that will help our DePaul women’s basketball program to sustain its run towards excellence,” Bruno said. “I am blessed to have a staff of associate head coach Jill M. Pizzotti along with Lisa Ryckbosch, Jasmine Lister and Candis Blankson who all have made significant contributions to our recruiting success.
“In addition, we benefitted from the effort by former assistant coach Bart Brooks who now heads up the Belmont women’s basketball program.”
Morris arrives with a strong DePaul connection, having played at the same high school as former Blue Demon standout and WNBA draftee Felicia Chester. The All-Stater and conference player of the year led Incarnate Word to state titles in 2015 and 2017.
Last season, she averaged 15 points, three rebounds and two assists for coach Dan Rolfes. In the offseason, Morris starred for coach Reggie Middlebrook of the St. Louis Phenom.
Stovall is an All-State selection and career 1,000-point scorer for Parkway North coach Brett Katz, averaging 12.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.2 steals. She was also a standout in the AAU season for Middlebrook.
Held was the Northern Kentucky Player of the Year for coach Nicole Levandusky at Cooper averaging 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. She holds the career scoring record with more than 1,600 points and the single-game record with 36 points. Held played for coach Sara Piepho of the Kentucky Legacy in the AAU season.
Jean is an All-SICA South forward who led the Stars averaging 15 points and nine rebounds for coach Brian Mayes. She was named the Peoria Teamworks Tournament MVP and starred for coach Xaver Walton and the Illinois Xcitement.
“Our class of 2018 features three really exceptional guards in Sonya Morris, Amaya Stovall and Lexi Held,” Bruno said. “Not only are they talented, but their games complement each other very well.
“All three are multi-purpose guards who can play any of the backcourt roles in our position-less DePaulBall scheme. Stovall can run the team, and Morris is a junkyard dog who gets after it defensively and can score off the ball. Held is a scoring guard who has drawn more charging calls than anyone we have ever recruited.
“Nadege Jean has tremendous potential as a great rebounding interior player with the talent and mobility to also be effective away from the basket.”
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