Nov. 14, 2012
LONG BEACH - Long Beach State women's basketball head coach Jody Wynn announced the signing Wednesday of point guard Anna Kim (Fullerton, Calif.), forward Madison Montgomery (Englewood, Colo.) and point guard Brianna Throop (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) to National Letters of Intent. The trio of high school seniors will join the 49ers in 2013-14.
"We are thrilled with our signees for the 2013 class," Wynn said. "All three players come from championship high school programs with tremendous coaching. They will bring winning attitudes, great work ethics, and the mentality necessary to be successful here at Long Beach State."
Anna Kim attends Brea Olinda High School where she led the Ladycats to a Century League title and a runner-up finish in the CIF-Southern Section Division IAA Championships last season as a junior. Brea compiled a 26-7 overall record and was ranked ninth in California and 25th in the nation. Kim garnered first-team All-Century League, second-team All-CIF and third-team all-county honors.
The 5-foot-5 point guard also helped the Ladycats to the California State Regional Finals as a sophomore and junior, and a CIF Division II Championship as a freshman. Kim plays club basketball for the OC Elite National team.
"Anna is a natural leader and a pure point guard," Wynn said. "She has great court vision and the ability to make those around her better. We love all the intangibles that Anna brings to the court. She has had terrific coaching and is a great student of the game."
Madison Montgomery is currently a senior at Highlands Ranch High School after transferring from Regis Jesuit High School. The 6-foot-1 forward was forced to play on the junior varsity squad last year due to the transfer rules. While at Regis Jesuit as a sophomore in 2010-11, Montgomery helped the Raiders reach the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) Class 5A state finals as they finished with a 20-8 overall record.
Montgomery also plays for the Colorado Basketball Club, coached by her current Highlands Ranch High School coach, Caryn Jarocki.
"Madison is an extremely athletic forward who runs the floor as well as anyone, and has an incredible knack for shot blocking," Wynn said. "She is very versatile, plays with high energy and possesses wonderful leadership qualities. Madi plays for a terrific high school coach and is well-prepared to compete at the Division I level."
Brianna Throop is a two-time All-Continental League selection at ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo. As a junior, Throop was named to the Colorado All-Star team after leading the Grizzlies to a 17-9 overall record and an appearance in the CHSAA Class 5A State Championship quarterfinals.
In 2010-11, the 5-foot-8 point guard helped guide the Grizzlies to a 20-5 record and a CHSAA 5A Final Four appearance. Throop also lettered in varsity track and plays club basketball for the Mile Hi Rockies Basketball Club.
"Brianna is an athletic, lanky point guard who likes to push the ball and can defend full court," Wynn said. "Bri has a tremendous work ethic - she loves the game and is constantly in the gym developing her skills. That inner drive and passion will give her the tools and confidence to compete and lead. She, too, has great high school and club level coaching and will do whatever it takes to win."
2013-14 49er Women's Basketball Recruiting Class - Early Signing Period
Anna Kim, 5-5, Point Guard, Fullerton, Calif. (Brea Olinda HS)
Madison Montgomery, 6-1, Forward, Englewood, Colo. (Highlands Ranch HS)
Brianna Throop, 5-8, Point Guard, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (ThunderRidge HS)
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