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Cardinal corner: Women's hoops adds 3; wrestling signs 5

 

Stanford women's basketall coach Tara VanDerveer announced the signings of three of the country's top players to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.

Jenna Brown (Marietta, Ga./The Lovett School), Lacie Hull (Spokane, Wash./Central Valley) and Lexie Hull (Spokane, Wash./Central Valley) will join the Cardinal next fall.

Stanford's three-member class is again one of the nation's strongest, collectively rated No. 8 by espnW HoopGurlz and No. 10 by Prospects Nation.

"We're very excited about adding terrific players and even better people," VanDerveer said. "All three are great fits, possess the fundamentals and versatility that we look for in our program and will succeed academically and athletically at Stanford. We'll lose two outstanding seniors in Kaylee Johnson and Brittany McPhee after this season and are confident that these future freshmen will come in and be great players for us."

The three are impressive additions to a program which has won a pair of national championships, been to 30 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, advanced to the Final Four in seven of the past 10 seasons and the Elite Eight in 11 of the past 14, won at least 25 games for 16 straight years and claimed a combined 35 Pac-12 regular season and conference championships.

Wrestling

Stanford coach Jason Borrelli and his staff have signed five promising high school seniors to wrestle for the Cardinal starting next season.

FloWrestling rates the class No. 7 in the nation. The signees are Gabe Dinette (Golden, Colo.), Tyler Eischens (Andover, Minn.), Shane Griffith (Westwood, N.J.), Colbey Harlan (Waterford) and Real Woods (Albuquerque, N.M.).

"We are extremely excited about this class. Not only does it address key weight class needs moving forward, but it embodies the type of student-athletes we want at Stanford," said Borrelli, in his 10th year at the helm of the program.

Dinette, whose father James (91) wrestled for the Cardinal, is a two-time Colorado state champion out of Lakewood High School. Projected to wrestle at 149 or 157 pounds for the Cardinal, he is a Super 32 national medalist, a Big Horn Nationals champion and a Western Regional freestyle finalist.

Eischens is a Minnesota state champion and three-time state finalist from Anoka High School. He will add depth to the middle weights for the Cardinal at 157 or 165 pounds. Eischens is a Fargo Junior Freestyle and Greco All-American, a Fargo Cadet Greco national finalist and a Fargo Cadet Freestyle All-American.

He is a preseason national finalist and a three-time All-American. A Super 32 national medalist, Eischens is ranked nationally by several outlets, including ThOpenMat (No. 5) and FloWrestling (No. 12). He is the No. 80 overall 2018 prospect according to InterMat and No. 83 overall on FloWrestling.

Griffith comes to The Farm as a two-time New Jersey state champion and a three-time finalist from Bergen Catholic High School. A native of Westwood, New Jersey, he is a Super 32 national champion and a Beast of the East finalist and three-time medalist.

Griffith was a Fargo Cadet Freestyle national finalist and ranked No. 3 in the nation by InterMat and FloWrestling. He is the No. 19 overall 2018 prospect on InterMat and No. 41 overall with FloWrestling. He is projected to wrestle at 174 pounds for the Cardinal.

Harlan is a California state finalist from Oakdale High School. Hailing from Waterford, California, he is a CIF Masters champion and a FloNationals All-American. A Powerade Tournament medalist, he is currently ranked No. 13 in the nation by InterMat. Harlan will likely wrestle at 184 pounds for Stanford.

Woods attends Montini Catholic High School in Illinois. A two-time Illinois state champion and three-time state finalist, he is a two-time preseason national champion and four-time All-American. He is also an Ironman champion and three-time medalist, a two-time Cheesehead Tournament champion and was named the Outstanding Wrestler after winning the Al Dvorak Tournament.

Rated No. 3 in his weight by InterMat and FloWrestling, he is listed as the No. 25 overall 2018 prospect by FloWrestling and No. 29 by InterMat. He will likely compete at 141 pounds for the Cardinal.

"They each represent our Cardinal Caliber values and are committed to winning championships. They are equally motivated by their academic pursuits and each has the potential to find tremendous success in our program. We expect all of them to be competing for a starting spot as a true freshmen, and look forward to their arrival on campus next fall."

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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