Nov. 8, 2000
NEW ORLEANS, La. - - The Tulane women's basketball team has signed two New Orleans-area players on the first day of the NCAA early signing period, Green Wave head coach Lisa Stockton announced Wednesday.
Lakethia Hampton from New Orleans, La., and Kinya Lennix from LaPlace, La., have each signed a National Letter-of-Intent (NLI) to enroll at Tulane next fall.
"We're very excited about having Lakethia and Kinya become members of the Tulane women's basketball family," Stockton said. "It is great to be able to get the best players in the state of Louisiana to stay at home. Both Lakethia and Kinya were nationally recruited, but decided to stay in state because of both the academic and athletic reputation at Tulane. They are both extremely competitive and very athletic and should add a lot to the program."
Hampton, a 6-0 forward from John McDonogh High School, was rated as the nation's 53rd-best high school prospect by the Women's Basketball Journal's All-Star Girls Report and was among the Top 10 power forwards on the list. She also earned All-America honors from Street & Smith's magazine as a junior. An all-state selection at McDonogh, Hampton was named the Times-Picayune Outstanding Player of the Year as a junior and a sophomore, and led Louisiana in scoring as a sophomore. Nicknamed "Country," Hampton also played AAU basketball with the Kenner Angels, finishing fifth in the nation, and the New Orleans Fillies, which won the 2000 Best of the South tournament. She also attended the adidas All-America camp in Pittsburgh, and was the camp's second-leading scorer.
"Lakethia is a strong, aggressive post player," Stockton said. "Her work ethic is unbelievable and she just finds a way to win. She comes from a winning tradition and should help us maintain our winning tradition here at Tulane."
Lennix, a 5-8 guard from East St. John High School, was rated as the 71st-best prep prospect by the All-Star Girls' Report and was among the Top 15 combo guards listed. An all-state selection as a junior, Lennix is already the leading scorer in Lady Cat history with over 2,000 career points. She helped lead East St. John to three straight district championships, earning all-district accolades each time. Lennix is also a three-time All-River Parishes selection and was the River Parishes Most Valuable Player as a sophomore. A nominee for the Wendy's High School Heisman, Lennix was invited to the Nike All-America basketball camp and will serve as the team captain for the 2000-01 season.
"Kinya also comes from a winning program and just brings a tremendous amount of speed and quickness," Stockton said. "She has a great deal of athletic ability, but I really think her best basketball is in front of her. We're excited to have her and Lakethia join our family."
Tulane opens the 2000 season on Friday, as the Green Wave play host to Grambling State in the first round of the Preseason Women's National Invitational Tournament. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., in Fogelman Arena.