PIKEVILLE – Six incoming freshman make up the first recruiting class for University of Pikeville head women’s basketball coach Brandon Bias, which includes four in-state signees, along with recruits from Tennessee and Virginia.
UPIKE, which is coming off its best season in program history with a trip to the NAIA Fab Four and a 26-9 record, lost just one player to graduation, making way for a deep and talented roster heading into the 2016-17 season.
“I think we did a good job improving our size inside,” said Bias. “That’s one thing we lacked last season, depth in the post, but now we bring in four players at least six-feet tall in this class. We are getting some quality, young players who can play right away. I’m looking forward to getting them on campus and seeing how they mix on the court with our returners.”
The UPIKE women’s basketball program’s 2016 recruiting class follows.
Brianna Burbridge (6-1, Freshman, Guard/Forward, Frankfort/Frankfort HS): Burbridge finished her high school career as one of the top players of all time at Frankfort High. She is the all-time leading scorer for men or women with 2,875 points. Burbridge also holds the school record for most points scored in a game with 54 and she scored an All-“A” Tournament record 48 points last season, breaking a 24-year old mark. She capped off her prep career leading the state in rebounding at 16 boards per game and was second in the state in scoring at 33.6 points per contest.
Mia Greatrex (6-0, Freshman, Forward/Center, Murfreesboro, Tenn./Blackman HS): Greatrex finished up her career with two Tennessee High School State Championships which came during her sophomore and junior years. During her sophomore year, Blackman was ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today, Maxpreps, and ESPN. She averaged 7 points and 10 rebounds as a senior.
Ivvy Gulley – 5-4, Freshman, Guard, Clintwood, Va./Ridgeview HS): Gulley closed her high school career with back-to-back Virginia High School State Championships. She played a big role, finishing with 960 points and dished out 135 assists as a senior. In the state semifinals as a junior, Gulley helped her team to the championship game with 22 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Krystal Keeton (6-1, Freshman, Forward, Raceland/Raceland HS): Keeton wrapped up her senior season in the top 10 of Kentucky in rebounding for the third time in her high school career. She averaged 12.3 boards per game in her final year. She finished at Raceland with 1,461 points and 1,550 rebounds.
Shebli Knauer – 5-8, Freshman, Guard, Louisville/Fern Creek HS): Knauer ended her career at Fern Creek scoring over 1,500 points. As a junior, she finished top 10 in the state in made 3-pointers. She was also the third person in school history to crack the 1,000-point club and made the All-District and All-Region teams.
Elisabeth Latham (6-2, Freshman, Center, Somerset/Pulaski Southwestern HS): Latham had an oucareer at Southwestern where she shot 64 percent from the field. She also joined the 1,000-point club during her senior season. Latham has been ranked in the top eight in all of Kentucky in field-goal percentage in each of her four years with the Warriors.