Monterey standout Kellyn Schneider will be reunited with big sister Haley during the 2012-13 basketball season.
The former, a 6-foot-5 forward, gave an oral commitment to Texas Tech — coach Kristy Curry’s second 2012 commit.
Kellyn and Haley, who is entering her sophomore season at Tech, were teammates at Monterey, playing for their mother and coach, Jill Schneider.
An oral commitment is non-binding until a player signs a national letter of intent.
“I’m really excited to play with Haley again,” Kellyn said. “It’s the main thing I’m looking forward to. I’m excited to play at a Division I school, but the fact I get to play with my sister is really exciting.”
Kellyn Schneider averaged 13.8 points and 14.1 rebounds as a junior in 2011 and recorded 193 blocked shots in leading the Lady Plainsmen to a share of the District 2-5A crown. She was also named to the Avalanche-Journal’s All-City first team.
Schneider said she had scholarship offers from Colorado and West Texas A&M and was recruited by many more. Stanford watched her play during the Polk-Key City Classic, Jill Schneider said, but when news of her pending commitment began to spread, most schools jumped off the trail.
“She had a lot of people recruiting her and they kept recruiting and calling her,” Jill Schneider said, “but a lot of people just finally deduced that she was going to Texas Tech.”
What makes Schneider a particularly appealing prospect, her coaches say, is her ability to play small and power forward. At 6-foot-5, that talent separates her from the pack, said Robert Sanchez, coach of Schneider’s AAU squad, the New Mexico Heat Elite.
Even though Kellyn and Haley have similar body types, Kellyn said she is most comfortable at the three or four while Haley is a natural center.
“I’m a big body but can move well for my size,” Schneider said. “I’m more like a power forward that takes people off the
dribble instead of just posting up.”
That ability should help create mismatches against typically smaller opponents at the position, Sanchez said.
“The offense we run on our club, we get her the ball many times at the top of the key and let her go to work,” Sanchez said. “Seventy percent of the time she touches the ball first.”
Jill Schneider compared her daughter’s mobility and versatility to former Tennessee and current WNBA star Candace Parker.
The veteran coach is excited to continue watching her daughters play at the next level, and Haley is thrilled at the chance to get back on the court with her little sister.
“I’m really happy she’s coming here,” Haley Schneider said. “I really wanted to play with her again. Obviously that’s a fun thing to not only be able to play with her in high school but get a chance to play with her in college.”
Schneider joins Bullard guard Minta Spears in Tech’s 2012 class.
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