April 18, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University head women's basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne today announced that Nisha Barrett and Haley Videckis have signed letters of intent to study and play basketball at Arizona State.
A 6-1 forward, Barrett will be transferring to ASU from Barstow Community College in Barstow, Calif., where this past season she helped lead Barstow to its best season in school history as the Vikings went 20-9 and earned the program's first-ever playoff berth. The Foothill Conference Player of the Year in 2012, Barrett earned first-team all-state recognition following a stellar campaign in which she averaged 18.9 points, 12.6 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game.
"Big kudos to [ASU associate head coach] Meg Sanders for discovering Nisha, a major talent who is definitely a diamond in the rough," Turner Thorne said. "Nisha has a tremendous combination of exceptional athleticism and basketball savvy. She can flat out score, rebound and block shots. She is a passionate and caring young woman who will be great as a Sun Devil. We are thrilled she has joined our family."
Prior to attending Barstow CC, Barrett starred at Barstow High School where she earned first-team All-CIF honors, was a two-time Daily Press Athlete of the Year and Desert Sky League player of the year. As a senior, Barrett helped lead Barstow to a 24-4 record and its first ever Desert Sky League title. Over the last three seasons of her career, Barrett averaged 17.2 points, 13.4 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 6.5 steals per game.
A 6-0 forward, Videckis will be coming to ASU from Bartlett, Ill., where she finished third on Bartlett High School's all-time scoring list with 1,350 points, including a school record 133 career 3-pointers. She also accounted for 200 assists, 203 steals and 461 rebounds during her 112-game career.
"Haley is a tough, aggressive sharp-shooting forward who just knows how to get it done on the court," Turner Thorne said. "She comes out of high school and club programs that were demanding and well-coached. We love Haley's determination to always do her best on the basketball floor and in the classroom and know that she will flourish as a Sun Devil."
This past season, Videckis helped lead Bartlett to a 32-2 record and its second state appearance in school history where it earned a third-place finish. Videckis was the driving force behind Bartlett's success as she averaged team highs in points (18.0) and rebounds (5.9) while sinking an area-best 74 3-pointers.
Videckis, who was voted the "exceptional player" of the Upstate Eight Valley Division, earned All-State first-team IBCA and first-team Sun-Times All-Area honors, as well as All-State AP second team. The Courier-News Player of the Year in 2012, Videckis was also named the honorary co-captain of the 2011-12 Daily Herald Fox Valley all-area team.
The signing of Barrett and Videckis now gives the Sun Devils five signees in their 2012 recruiting class. They join Elisha Davis, Arnecia Hawkins and Isidora Purkovic, who signed with ASU last fall.
Turner Thorne, who is No. 3 in the Pac-12 in career wins (289), returns for her 16th season as head coach of the Sun Devils, who have qualified for the postseason each of the last 13 seasons.