Nov. 14, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State University women’s basketball Head Coach Sue Semrau announced Wednesday the signing of three of the nation’s best prep women’s basketball players to National Letters of Intent. Hannah Linquist, a 6-3 post player from Swannanoa, N.C., Ganiyat Adeduntan, a 6-1 guard from Athens, Ga., and 5-8 point guard Holly Johnson from Phoenix, Ariz., have all signed to play for the Seminoles in 2002-03.
“We are so excited about this class of recruits,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “We feel like they epitomize who we are and where we want to go in this program. All of them bring unique qualities in addition to their ability to play the game of basketball. Each of them fits a specific need that we have in our program. It makes me even more excited about the future of Florida State women’s basketball.”
Linquist, a preseason Parade All-American, was the first to verbally commit to the Seminoles. She is a three-year letter winner at Owen High School, the same high school former Seminole quarterback Brad Johnson attended, which is located in Black Mountain, N.C. Rated as the 8th best center in the nation, and 33rd player overall, by All Star Girls Report, Linquist was named All Western Conference in 2000 and 2001 and also earned conference all-tournament team honors the past two seasons. As a junior last year, Linquist averaged 14.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game. A solid athlete, she also plays volleyball and runs track at Owen. Linquist chose FSU over Auburn and Florida. She plans on studying business and leisure studies at Florida State.
Adeduntan, a 2001 Street and Smith All-American and Reebok/WBCA Underclass All-American, is a three-year letter winner at Clarke Central High School where she averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds per game as a junior. Ranked 36th by the All Star Girls Report, Adeduntan was the 2001 Northeast Georgia co-Player of the Year and also earned first team Class 4A all-state honors. An explosive scorer, Adeduntan has already scored more than 1,000 points in her high school career. She chose Florida State over Georgia and Virginia and intends to major in sports medicine at FSU.
All Star Girls Report has ranked Johnson, a preseason second team All-American by the Women’s Basketball News Service, as the 53rd best player in the country. A three-year letter winner at Mountain Pointe High School, Johnson was an All-Arizona honorable mention selection as a freshman and junior while garnering all-state honors in 2001. She has helped Mountain Pointe reach two Class 5A title games and started on an Arizona Elite AAU club team that won the 1999 national title. The week Johnson committed to Florida State, she also led her volleyball team the Class 5A championship and was named the school’s homecoming queen. Johnson chose the Seminoles over UCLA and Arizona and would like to major in communications at Florida State.
“Signing a class of this caliber only solidifies the foundation we have laid for this program,” Semrau said. “These players will represent Florida State in the finest fashion on and off the court.”
Florida State expects to sign one more player for the 2002-03 season.