11/10/2011 2:05:00 PM
Margenthaler Gets Four Commitments in Early Signing Period
Signing Day Central
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. –
Southeast Missouri State head women's basketball coach Ty Margenthaler
announced the signings of four players to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period on Wednesday.
Joining the Redhawks next year are guard Olivia Hackmann (Chamois, Mo./Helias), guard Dru Haertling (Jackson, Mo./Jackson), forward Connor King (Jackson, Mo./Jackson) and guard Kara Wright (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual).
“Overall I am happy with this signing class,” Margenthaler said. “I'm extremely excited about the talent level we're bringing in. We covered the major needs that we were looking to fill. A couple things that excite me about this group is that we are adding length and athleticism at the guard position. We are also adding offense with each of these signings, which was needed. All four kids can really put the ball in the basket.”
Complete biographical capsules on the four future Redhawks is below. Fans can also check out all of Southeast's program's early signings via the Signing Day Central link above.
High School – Placed on the all-state team by the Missouri High School Basketball Coaches Association following her junior year … named all-district each of the last two years … led Helias High School in scoring a year ago, averaging 11.8 points, 3.4 assists and 1.3 blocks per game.
Coach Margenthaler on Hackman – “The thing that excites me about Olivia is that she is coming from a great high school basketball tradition. She knows how to win. She is a great defender, she's long and she has a great mid range game. I feel that her upside is tremendous. The most exciting part to me is that she isn't close to her potential yet, so there is room for growth.”
High School – Rated a two-star recruit by ESPN HoopGurlz … averaged 11 points and two assists per game while shooting over 40 percent from the floor … helped guide Jackson High School to an 18-7 record and a district finals appearance as a junior … as a sophomore, led team to a 17-7 record.
Margenthaler on Haertling – “Dru is a fierce competitor that loves the game of basketball. Her toughness and her ability to shoot from anywhere is going to be a great addition to this program. I also like that she is a local player who knows the area.”
High School – Named to the 2011 All-Missourian team by the Southeast Missourian … nearly averaged a double-double with 11.0 points per game and 9.4 rebounds per game as a junior … helped guide Jackson High School to an 18-7 record and a district finals appearance as a junior … as a sophomore, led team to a 17-7 record.
Margenthaler on King – “Connor brings in added size that we need. She is a very skilled 'four player” that can shoot from outside and get on the block and score. I feel she has a bright future in the Ohio Valley Conference. She's a local player that we're excited to bring in to the program.”
Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual
High School – Tabbed a three-star recruit by ESPN HoopGurlz … averaged 9.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.4 assists for DuPont Manual High School during her junior season … earned honorable mention all-state honors … guided team to an 82-18 record in her first three seasons … helped lead team to three district titles, one Louisville Invitational Tournament crown and one regional championship … placed on the state's all-tournament team last season.
Margenthaler on Wright – “Kara is another player who comes from a great rich basketball tradition in Louisville. She's played on the best AAU programs in the country. She's a long slasher who can really defend and get to the basket. I'm really excited about having her for four years.”