We will have more throughout the day, but here is the first information we have on the NCAA early signing period.
When South Dakota State women’s basketball coach Aaron Johnston was at the Yankton Quarterback Club, he alluded to signing five athletes, four from South Dakota. Not only did he sign four South Dakotans, but four of the top AA players in the state: Ashley Eide, 5-9, guard, Sioux Falls; Tara Heiser, 5-9, guard, Watertown; Katie Lingle, 6-2, center, Pierre; and Stephanie Paluch, 5-9, guard, Pierre.
The other signee is Leah Dietel, a 6-1 forward from Jordan, Minn. She is a three-time all-stater with 1,879 career points and 1,051 career rebounds, and averaged 18.7 points, 12.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game in leading Jordan to a second place finish at state. Jordan has gone 98-15 with her in the lineup.
USD has also announced its women’s basketball recruiting class, its first under head coach Ryun Williams and also five individuals. The group includes Emily Guenther of Altoona, Iowa; Pamela January of Richfield, Minn.; McKayla Knudson of South Sioux City, Neb.; Samantha Mehr of Apple Valley, Minn., and Jamie Young of Great Falls, Mont. Young is a transfer from Clarendon College (Texas) who averaged 9.0 points and 10.2 rebounds a game last season.
We’ll have more as they are announced.