Nov. 13, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State women’s basketball coach Sue Semrau announced the signing of four high school seniors to national letters of intent on Friday.
“I couldn’t be any more excited for the class that we are bringing in,” head coach Sue Semrau said. “The fact that they are so talented and well-rounded and meet the needs that we are going to have in growing our program really excites us.”
Joining the Seminoles in the fall of 2010 will be guards Olivia Bresnahan (Fenelton, Pa.) and Tay’ler Mingo (South Euclid, Ohio), small forward Natasha Howard (Toledo, Ohio) and power forward Lauren Coleman (Lawrenceville, Ga.).
Headlining the class is 6-3 small forward Natasha Howard (Toledo, Ohio) who is rated the No. 2 player overall in the country and the No. 1 wing player by ESPN HoopGurlz. Howard attended Waite High School where she averaged 15.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as a junior when she garnered all-state honors. The Toledo Blade recognized Howard as the Player of the Year as a sophomore.
“We are extremely excited to have Natasha’s versatility come into our program,” Semrau added. “Something that we really hang our hat on as a program is that we can play a versatile style.”
Bresnahan, a 5-11 shooting guard out of Butler High School, is rated the No. 68 overall player and No. 19 shooting guard in the country by ESPN HoopGurlz. She averaged a double-double as a junior with 18.7 points and 10.2 rebounds per game while also dishing out 5.8 assists. For her efforts Bresnahan was named to the Class AAAA All-State team by the Associated Press as a junior.
“Olivia’s length, grit and work ethic makes her tremendous on the defensive end of the floor and sees things in a way that will help us to be extremely successful and her to be a great college basketball player,” Semrau said.
Mingo, a 5-7 point guard who attends Regina High School, ranks as the No. 76 player in the country by ESPN HoopGurlz and also ranks No. 21 among point guards in the 2010 class. Mingo earned Division 3 Ohio Player of the Year honors and is a two-time all-state selection in the state of Ohio. As a junior led her high school squad to a perfect record and a state championship as she tallied 13.8 points, 7.2 assists and 6.7 steals per game.
“Tay’ler is a glove defensively who not only can do things on the defensive end but can get into seams and get to the rim better than any player that I saw out there this summer,” Semrau said. “Both of them are defensively oriented players which will really help us in developing our system.”
Coleman, a 6-0 small forward from Parkview High School, is the No. 42 forward player in the country according to ESPN Hoopgurlz. Coleman was named one of the top players in Georgia when she earned all-state honors following her junior year. In addition to the all-state award, Coleman was named all-region, all-county and all-metro in the Atlanta area.
“Lauren is what we like to call a connect-the-dots type of player, she can do multiple things – she can defend, she can shoot it, she can pass it,” Semrau said.
The FSU class of 2010 is currently ranked No. 6 in the country by both ESPN HoopGurlz and Blue Star Basketball.
“I really have to credit Angie Johnson and the job that she has done over the years to continue to build and grow our recruiting classes and obviously to have the recognition of a top 10 class is right on par with what we want to do and what we want to be,” Semrau added. “They are great players and they deserve that recognition and now it’s our job to develop them when they get here to Florida State.”