Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Lady Vols sign four players in lauded haul

KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee women’s basketball team has received signed scholarship papers from four players, finishing off what recruiting analysts are calling the top signing class in the country.

Three of the Lady Vols’ signees – 6-foot guard Angie Bjorklund of Spokane, Wash., 6-4 forward Vicki Baugh of Sacramento, Calif., and 6-6 center Kelley Cain of Atlanta – were among’s top 12 players in the nation, and all four players were in the top 40.

Bjorklund was ranked the No. 2 overall prospect in the nation, while Baugh was No. 5 and Cain No. 12. Sydney Smallbone, a 5-10 guard from South Bend, Ind., was ranked 38th.

Coach Pat Summitt said the four signees filled all of UT’s needs. The Lady Vols have only three seniors on the current team, two of which are forwards.

“This was, I feel like, a real talented class, and we identified our needs in the class,” Summitt said. “We felt like if we could get two guards and two front-line players that we could put together a very successful recruiting endeavor, and we did.”

Today is the first day players can sign national letters-of-intent for the fall signing period, which runs through next week.

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