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Lee and Wallace sign scholarships with Gold Nuggets

September 8, 2011

     NEW ORLEANS — Guard/forward Cleosha Lee of Memphis, Tenn., and center Crystal Wallace of College Park, Ga., have signed athletic scholarships with Xavier University of Louisiana. Both will be freshmen on XU's 2011-12 women's basketball roster.
     Lee, 5-feet-9, averaged 12 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists per game this past season at East High School. She led the Lady Mustangs in rebounding and steals and shared the team lead in scoring. Lee shot 52 percent from the floor and 79 percent from the line as a senior.
     "Cleo Lee is a guard who can really defend," Xavier coach Bo
   
Cleosha Lee

Cleosha Lee
   
Crystal Wallace

Crystal Wallace
Browder said, "and she has a very skilled mid-range game."
     Lee was all-district in basketball and volleyball and a four-year varsity starter in both sports. As a freshman Lee was a teammate of Brandi Young, a senior guard at Xavier this season. East also produced Jarryn Cleaves, who finished her XU career in 2008 as the program's No. 5 scorer.
     Wallace, 6-feet-3, played in every game as a reserve her senior year at Westlake High School in Atlanta and had single-game bests of eight points and 11 rebounds. She first played basketball in 10th grade after competing several years in netball in her native Brooklyn, N.Y.
     As a junior Wallace was a teammate of Dalila Robinson, a redshirt freshman guard at Xavier this season.
     "Crystal Wallace is the best sleeper of a prospect that we've signed in the last 10 years," Browder said. "She has the potential to be an outstanding post player."
     The Nuggets' other signee for 2011-12 is guard/forward Jessica Savannah of Shreveport, La., who was announced in December.
     Xavier was 27-7 this past season, repeated as Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament champion, reached the second round of the NAIA Division I National Championship and led NAIA Division I in scoring defense for the second consecutive season.

 

 
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