Lady Toppers sign six in their 2020 recruiting class
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - The WKU women’s basketball team will welcome six newcomers for the 2020-21 season, announced head coach Greg Collins on Tuesday. Ally Collett, Jordan Smith, Jenna Kallenberg, Selma Kulo, Hope Sivori and Kayla Harris have all signed with the Lady Toppers.
“Each young lady in this class exemplifies high character, great work ethic, and a ‘team first’ attitude to winning,” said Collins. “We were looking for great players who are also great teammates. We are adding talent and depth at each position. Equally important, we are adding to the culture of winning and winning as a team. Our fans are going to have fun watching how hard they play and how much they enjoy one another.”
WKU signed Collett, Kallenberg, and Kulo in 2019 on early Signing Day and then snagged Smith, Sivori and Harris in the spring.
Hometown: London, Ky. | Position: G | Height: 5-7 | High School: South Laurel HS
The No. 1 2020 prospect in Kentucky according to Pure Prospects and Exposure 2.0, Collett comes to WKU following one of the most successful high school careers in the Commonwealth. Collett was named the 13th Region Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons (2018-19 and 2019-20), even after missing a chunk of her senior season due to injury. She’s one of only three girls in KHSAA history to record 1,000 career assists and she leaves South Laurel as the all-time leading scorer with over 2,600 points.
Collett is a four-time 13th Region First Team member and claimed the 50th District Player of the Year honors four times as well. She was tabbed All-State First Team in 2018-19 and 2019-20 and was named to the Second Team in 2017-18 as a sophomore.
Collins on Collett:
“I am proud and thrilled that Ally will be in a WKU jersey this year. She is a tremendous player with a super skill level and a tireless work ethic. She can shoot the three, handle the ball, and get her teammates good shots. Ally’s been through tough games and overcame adversity. Coach Souder challenged her and helped Ally to get prepared. She’s a winner and an incredible teammate.”
Hometown: Philadelphia, Penn. | Position: G | Height: 5-10 | High School: Abington Friends School
Smith was named to the 2019 Friends School All-League First Team after leading her team to the FSL Championship game. She and her team were the FSL champions in 2017 and 2018. Smith was named a McDonald’s All-American nominee in 2020.
Collins on Smith:
“Jordan is so smart! She’s a really talented, long guard. She has the ability to impact both ends of the floor. On offense, Jordan sees the floor well and has a great ability to get to the basket and finish. Like Ally, she’s overcome an injury and her best basketball is in front of her. I think Jordan has the potential to become a really special player as a Lady Topper.”
Hometown: Maryville, Tenn. | Position: G | Height: 5-10 | High School: William Blount HS
Kallenberg was a 4-year starter at William Blount High School. She was ranked one of the top 12 in the Class of 2020 in Tennessee by Rick Bolus and top 15 regionally by Elite 80. She earned All-District honors twice and was named to the Blount Press Row All County Team.
Collins on Kallenberg:
“The first thing you notice about Jenna is that she has what seems like unlimited shooting range. Then, you realize she’s a really high IQ player who can make a lot of great plays for her teammates. Like the other players in her class, Jenna is a highly motivated worker. She’s been coached well. She knows the game. I am so glad Jenna is a Lady Topper!”
Hometown: Lawrenceville, Ga. | Position: F | Height: 6-4 | High School: Brookwood HS
Kulo led Brookwood High School to its first appearance in the State Quarterfinals ever and was named to the GACA Class 7A All-State Team along the way. A shot blocker, Kulo averaged 2.7 blocks per game as a junior.
Collins on Kulo:
“I am super excited about Selma. Selma gives us another young, strong post. She led her high school team to the best season they’ve ever had. She also had an invitation to play for the Bosnian National team. Selma has a great presence inside blocking shots and rebounding. Plus, she has a good shooting touch and runs the floor really well. She’s a committed worker, like the rest of the class, always trying to improve.”
Hometown: Louisville, Ky. | Position: G | Height: 5-5 | High School: Mercy Academy
Sivori averaged 18.4 points per game as a senior at Mercy, leading her team to back-to-back 6th Region titles in 2018 and 2019, including a trip to the State Championship game in 2018. She also picked up All-Region honors. Sivori was tabbed as a McDonald’s All-American nominee.
Collins on Sivori:
“Toughness and energy, that’s Hope. She can score in bunches. She can handle the ball. I like that Hope has played with and against great competition in high school and AAU. Hope is another player who has an incredible work ethic. She always expects to win.”
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev. | Position: G | Height: 5-10 | Previous School: Cochise College
Harris comes to The Hill from Cochise College where she spent two seasons. She attended Spring Valley High School in Las Vegas. Harris led her team to a State Championship and was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. She was tabbed All-State two times and was earned Super 7 honors.
Collins on Harris:
“We are looking forward to adding Kayla’s experience and talent to our team. She is a skilled player that did a little bit of everything for her junior college team. She’s a good passer, ball handler, and rebounder, plus she can hit the 3. She was the glue that made her team’s chemistry positive. Kayla will be a great addition to our roster.”
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