Nov. 12, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Head coach Wendell Hudson received letters of intent from Khristian Lee and Jasmine Robinson on Thursday to join the Crimson Tide women's basketball team in 2010.
"What we tried to do in this recruiting class was add toughness to our roster," said head coach Wendell Hudson. "We wanted to bring in Southeastern Conference caliber players that were tough both physically and mentally. These two players have really shown us they can play hard, take bumps and bruises and have the right mental attitude to succeed at this level."
Lee, a 5-9 guard from Birmingham, Ala. is ranked 23rd at her position by ESPN HoopGurlz.com. Last season for Erwin, she averaged 17 points, six assists and four rebounds per game. In addition, she was a First Team All-State, All-County and All-Area selection a year ago.
"Khristian is someone we started looking at when we first arrived on the job," Hudson explained. "She competes hard no matter what situation she is in. The more we watched her, the more we saw how tough she was whether it was in a high school game or AAU game. She is the type of player that will step in and really make an impact both by her own abilities and by making those around her better."
Robinson, the No. 32 overall selection in the 2010 class by All Star Girls Report and No. 65 overall recruit on the ESPNU HoopGurlz 100, hails from Memphis, Tenn. where she helped Overton High School to its first appearance in the state tournament since 1967. Last season, the 5-7 guard averaged 15 points per game and was an All-State selection for the second time. In addition, she was one of 13 players chosen to play in Japan for the Adidas Candace Parker Aces Global Travel Team.
"Like Khristian, we started watching Jasmine from the start," said Hudson. "We decided she was really the type of player we'd like to have in our program. Coach Evans established a relationship with her early on and did a great job maintaining that. She really understands how to go to the basket and has that toughness we are so big on. She's another player that has the ability to make everyone around her play better."
"These two have set a recruiting bar for the caliber of players we are going to bring in to Alabama from here on out," added Hudson. "The entire staff has done a great job in working hard to get this program back on track and bring in these players."