Nov. 10, 2010
By Amanda Nutting
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. --The Colorado State women's basketball program has signed Kara Spotton, Morgan Hunt and Ladeyah Forte to National Letters of Intent for the 2011-12 season. Head Coach Kristen Holt made the announcement Wednesday.
"We are very excited about the addition of Ladeyah, Morgan and Kara," said Holt. "They are very good basketball players but more importantly, they are quality students and people with strong values. I really believe this class will help us build the program of excellence that we are all working toward."
Spotton, a 6-2 forward from Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, stays close to home after averaging 14.1 points and 9.0 rebounds, and hitting 49 percent of her field-goal attempts her junior year. She was named both all-conference and honorable mention all-state, and was ranked in the top 100 on ESPN's Hoop Gurlz rankings.
"Kara is a local product and we are thrilled to keep her in Fort Collins," said Holt. "She will add depth to the wing/forward position. Kara moves well for her size and can score inside the paint or facing up on the perimeter. Kara is considered a top prospect not only in the state of Colorado but in this region of the country."
Hunt is a 6-1 forward that hails from Heritage High School in Colleyville, Texas. She led the Panthers to a 20-13 record during the 2009-10 season. Hunt was named team MVP and first-team all-district after posting 14 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.
"Morgan has a tremendous amount of upside offensively and defensively," said Holt. "Her athleticism and the ability to run the floor are a couple of her greatest strengths. At 6-1, Morgan will play the small forward position and will be counted on for rebounding and defense."
Forte is a 5-4 point guard, joining the team from Pensacola High School in Pensacola, Fla. Forte helped lead the Tigers to a 26-3 finish during the 2009-10 season. She also helped lead the team to the 2010 Class 4A Florida state championship game against Miami Norland, in which Forte's team lost in overtime. Forte was ranked in the Top 10 Players of the Year in Pensacola, Fla., and on ESPN's Hoop Gurlz point guard list for the 2011 class.
"Ladeyah is an explosive, quick point guard that makes a difference with her speed," said Holt. "She will fit in nicely with our up-tempo style of play as she can push the ball in transition, create her own shot or distribute the ball to the open player."