Texas Tech women’s basketball coach Kristy Curry filled out her 2012 class Sunday after receiving an oral commitment from Ivonne CookTaylor, a 5-foot-10 guard out of Terra Nova High School in Pacifica, Calif.
Kareem Summerville, CookTaylor’s high school and AAU coach, said she is a shooting guard who also has the ability to run the point.
“She’s the best player in Northern California,” Summerville said. “I’ve been coaching around this area since 1999 and she is one of the most electrifying players I have ever seen coming out of high school. She’s phenomenal.”
CookTaylor averaged 15.9 points and 14.6 rebounds per game during the 2010-11 season and was named the player of the year by the San Mateo County Times.
Terra Nova, which is about 15 miles southwest of San Francisco, reached the Central Coast Section Division III state semifinals, and CookTaylor tallied 36 points and 23 rebounds in an 89-70 loss to St. Ignatius.
Summerville said CookTaylor has the ability to change the momentum of a game with her unique style.
He pointed to last season’s Pacific Athletic League championship against Mills in which CookTaylor snared a rebound then drove the court, spun through the air over three defenders and banked in a layup.
“She can get the crowd involved in the game with her spectacular reverse layups, alley-oops, running the floor,” Summerville said. “She has a beautiful mid-range jumper and can shoot anywhere on the court.”
CookTaylor was far more modest about her ability.
“I just like to play,” she said. “I can dribble and have a pretty good close-range jump shot.”
CookTaylor said she was in Lubbock for an official visit earlier this month and knew on the second day that she would commit to Tech.
She said she also had offers from San Diego State, Fresno State and Nevada.
CookTaylor will occupy the fourth and final spot in Tech’s 2012 class. She joins Bullard guard Minta Spears, Monterey forward Kellyn Schneider and Spring Dekaney forward Shunta Nevitt.
An oral commitment is non-binding until a player signs a national letter of intent.
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