RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team added a pair of in-state high school seniors to its 2013 recruiting class on Tuesday, head coach Chrissy Roberts announced. The two additions are forward/center Cierra Drake and guard Michaela Hunter.
Drake is a 6-3 post player out of Nelson County High School in Bardstown, Ky. She averaged 14.1 points-per-game and 8.9 rebounds-per-game while leading the Cardinals to a 27-6 record this season. Drake was named first team All-Fifth Region and a Rick Bolus top-10 player in the state of Kentucky following her senior campaign.
“Cierra is a player that we first targeted when she was a freshman at Nelson County, and my staff and I have enjoyed watching her develop as a player the past four years, Roberts said. “She can score in a variety of ways, both on the block and facing the basket, and she also runs the floor extremely well. Cierra’s size and presence inside is key to the way my Lady Colonels play, and I cannot wait to be on the court with her.”
Hunter is a 5-9 guard from Rockcastle County High School in Mount Vernon, Ky. As a senior at Rockcastle, she posted averages of 21.6 points-per-game, 8.7 rebounds-per-game, 3.6 assists-per-game and 4.1 steals-per-game, all while shooting 47 percent from the field and 38 percent from behind the arc. Hunter was named first team All-12th region, first team WYMT All-Mountain and a Kentucky All-Star for her efforts this season.
“Michaela is an athletic and versatile guard that will fit perfectly into my system here at EKU,” Roberts said. “She has the ability to play any of the guard spots, but we feel she will excel on the wing with our up-tempo style of play. Michaela was a key component of Rockcastle County’s Sweet 16 Championship team (from 2011) and I look forward to the competitive nature and championship mindset that she will bring to the court every day.”
Drake and Hunter join Amadi Brooks, Nicole Bowers, Mariah Massengill, Katie Pippen and Kasey Young in EKU’s class of 2013.
“I was extremely pleased with the five Lady Colonels that we signed in November and I believe that Michaela and Cierra are the perfect complement to both them and our returners,” Roberts added. “With the graduation of four starters this offseason, I knew that the 2013 class would be extremely important in the future development of the Lady Colonel program. I couldn’t be happier with the basketball players that will be joining our EKU family, but what is most impressive is the quality of people and student-athletes that are being added to the EKU community.”
EKU finished 2012-13 with a record of 18-12 while qualifying for the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI), the Lady Colonels’ first national postseason tournament since 2004-05.