SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State women's basketball head coach Bunky Harkleroad announced four new additions to the program in the early signing period.
"I'm really excited about this class as a whole," Harkleroad said. "I think we have a nice mix of talent and athleticism. They all fit what we do, and offensively and defensively they are athletic enough to move around and jump and trap and do what we want to do. We've improved our skill level and our athleticism with all four of them."
The group brings a significant amount of size to the Hornets, as all four signees are at least 5-10 with two standing above six feet tall. Dana Degraffenreid (Bakersfield, Calif./Ridgeview HS) and Skylar Jackson (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman HS) both come to the Hornets as 5-10 shooting guards. Tiana Johnson (Kalispell, Mont./Flathead HS) is 6-2 and can play both guard and forward and 6-3 post Anna Weibel (Estes Park, Colo./Estes Park HS) will bring significant size and strength to the Hornets.
"We've always been smaller and that's fine for the way we play, but adding size helps," Harkleroad said. "Skylar and Dana are a little bigger than most guards we've had here. Tiana is definitely a long guard and Anna is a nice size post that can run. All four of them can guard and have good length and athleticism and I think its definitely four great additions for us."
Dana Degraffenreid - 5-10 - G - Bakersfield, Calif./Ridgeview HS
Played for coach Brian Pickett at Ridgeview HS...Named all-South Yosemite League first team in 2015-16 and all-league in 2014-15...Selected as team MVP the last two seasons after earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2013-14...Averaged 15.6 points per game as a junior...Scored 10 points and had 13 rebounds and two steals in a game against Independence...Also played club basketball for Cal Sparks averaging 11 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists per game.
Skylar Jackson - 5-10 - G - Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman HS
Played for coach Nixon at Bishop Gorman HS...Named all-Sunset SW League first team in 2015-16 and second team in 2014-15...Averaged better than nine points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals over the last two seasons...Helped team go 75-14 in her first three seasons...Led team to a 29-2 record in 2015-16 and a top-25 ranking by USA Today and ESPN...Team is ranked No. 21 in the nation entering the 2016-17 season...Helped team win a conference title in 2013-14 while the team was the runner-up in the Nevada state championship in 2014-15.
Tiana Johnson - 6-2 - G/F - Kalispell, Mont./Flathead HS
Played for coach Tricia Samson-Dean at Flathead HS...Named all-Montana Western AA league, second team all-state, and team MVP in 2015-16...Was honorable mention all-conference as a Sophomore...Averaged 14 points and six rebounds per game as a junior, 10.5 points per game and six rebounds as a sophomore...Was team's leading scorer in 19 of 21 games last season...Had a 23-point game against Helena...Played club basketball for North Idaho Elite...Also an all-state second team volleyball player.
Anna Weibel - 6-3 - F - Estes Park, Colo./Estes Park HS
Played for coach Michelle Pavlish at Estes Park HS...Two time all-Patriot League selection in 2015 and 2016...Averaged 15.2 points, 14.2 rebounds, and 5.8 blocks per game as a junior...Led the state of Colorado in double-doubles and was second in triple-doubles...Led the state with 128 blocks in 22 games as a junior...Had 31 points and 21 rebounds and was 15-of-16 from the free throw line vs. Valley HS in the Patriot League playoffs in 2016...11.4 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 4.1 blocks as a sophomore...Played club basketball for BC Denver...Also played volleyball and was a high jumper in track and field in high school.