The Recreation Center has announced the signing of three new players to UC Merced’s women’s basketball team. These players come from different walks of life, but share the same love, passion and drive for basketball. The first to be signed was Texas All-State Guard Samantha Oshiro. With two state championships under her belt, the Bobcats can use her leadership for the coming school year. Oshiro is a versatile player and can knock down open shots.
“She is a prolific scorer, she can shoot from anywhere on the court, and can play multiple guard positions. She is also very crafty,” says Coach Kevin Pham.
The next player to be signed was Nelly Kilpatrick, who stands at 6’ 2”. Quick and aggressive, Kilpatrick plays a good defense. She is currently finishing up her senior year at Heritage High School in Romoland, CA. She is not only gifted when it comes to playing the game, but she is also on top of her academics. She has managed to stay on the honor roll throughout her High School career. This combination of athleticism and academics is the embodiment of Coach Pham’s vision. “Nelly is the centerpiece of the team. She is responsible for the interior offense,” says Coach Pham.
The newest addition to the roster is player Maya Campos, point guard from Monroe High School. Her most impressive skill is her left-handed three point shots as well as her strong aggressive drives toward the hoop. She and her team won the Los Angeles City Section Division III Championship and earned Monroe High School their first girls’ basketball championship in history.
David Noble, the Assistant Director of Recreation and Athletics, created an outreach program for women’s basketball. UC Merced was not only scouting for talent, but was also scouting for leadership skills and potential for growth. Pham contacted the players and began building a relationship that solidified their role within the team.
All three players have signed their Statement of Intent to Register and will be a part of the UC Merced family in a matter of months. These are exciting times for UC Merced sports and the new players as they begin their freshman year in the Fall.