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Varnado standout signs with Gold Nuggets
For immediate release . . . July 23, 2007

Le'Keisha Lee Le'Keisha Lee
  NEW ORLEANS — Le'Keisha Lee, a 6-foot forward/center from Angie, La., and Varnado High School, has signed a women's basketball scholarship with Xavier University of Louisiana.

Lee averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds per game in 2006-07 and was an honorable-mention All-District 9-2A selection. She led the Lady Wildcats in rebounding and shot 50 percent from the floor and 60 percent from the line her senior year.

"We wanted to pick up another post player, and we were fortunate to hear about Le'Keisha this summer," Xavier Coach Bo Browder said. "I think she will contribute as a freshman."

Lee will be one of four 6-footers on the Gold Nuggets' 2007-08 roster.

A four-year member of Varnado's varsity and a part-time starter as a junior, Lee said she will major in sociology at Xavier and plans to become a social worker. She played AAU ball this year for the Baton Rouge Amazons.

Lee's prep coach, Lubertha Peters, said Lee is the first Varnado girls basketball player to sign with a four-year school in at least 10 seasons.

"Le'Keisha is a hard worker and dedicated," Peters said. "She's easy to work with. She'll listen to you and give it her best shot."

Lee is the Gold Nuggets' fifth signed recruit for the 2007-08 season and the fourth from Louisiana. Previously signed were guard Shayla Boyd and forwards Danielle Jones and Johnna Williams, all from the Baton Rouge area, and forward Ciara Taylor of Hayward, Calif.

2007-08 Xavier women's basketball recruits
Name Pos. Ht. Yr.* Hometown High School (Junior College)
Shayla Boyd G 5-6 Fr. Gonzales, La. St. Amant
Danielle Jones F 5-9 Fr. Baton Rouge, La. Episcopal
Le'Keisha Lee F/C 6-0 Fr. Angie, La. Varnado
Ciara Taylor F 5-10 Jr. Hayward, Calif. Hayward (Contra Costa)
Johnna Williams F 6-0 Fr. Prairieville, La. Dutchtown
* classification at Xavier in 2007-08.

 

 
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