Suzy Merchant signs two top prospects from Ohio in first recruiting class at MSU.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State womenâ€™s basketball head coach Suzy Merchant announced Sunday the signing of PorschÃ¨ Poole (Canton, Ohio/McKinley High School) and Courtney Schiffauer (Boardman, Ohio/Boardman High School) to National Letters of Intent. The two top prospects out of Ohio will be eligible to play for the Spartans beginning in the 2008-09 season.
Below is a look at the two signees:
PorschÃ¨ Poole â€¢ 5-8 â€¢ G â€¢ Canton, Ohio â€¢ McKinley High School
Multi-talented guard who excels in the open court and is also a slasher with control around the rim...a solid 3-point shooter...three-year letterwinner averaged 18.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists as a junior...heads into her senior season ranked one of the top 25 seniors in the state by Ohio Girls Basketball Report...ranked the No. 29 shooting guard in the country by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report...two-time All-Federal League honoree...a first-team all-district and all-county selection her junior year...plays for Coach Pam Davis...plays in the same conference as fellow signee Courtney Schiffauer...plans to major in either communication or sport management...former Spartans Eric Snow and Percy Snow attended McKinley High School, as well as current menâ€™s basketball player Raymar Morgan.
Merchant on PorschÃ¨ (PORE-shay) Poole:
"We really wanted a combination guard, and PorschÃ¨ has the ability to be a 1 and a 2 guard. I always thought some of the best teams out there at any level are the ones that have two guards that can handle it at any given time, the guards that have the ability to pass it but at the same time be scorers as well. I see PorschÃ¨ and (current freshman) Brittney (Thomas) being really solid in the backcourt. Brittneyâ€™s more of a true point, and PorschÃ¨ is a combo guard, so the nice thing is that we believe Porscheâ€™ can score for us and also relieve Brittney at the point, which will help us a lot in our transition game. I think as we get healthier in the future our tempo will change, and PorschÃ¨ will be a big part of that. PorschÃ¨ is really good in transition and the open court. The thing that makes PorschÃ¨ special is that she truly is a triple-threat: she can get to the rim, she has a pull-up jump shot and she can shoot 3â€™s. Thereâ€™s not a lot of kids anymore that can do all three. The game has gotten to the point where you are either a shooter or a driver, not both, but what makes PorschÃ¨ special is that she has that complete game. Sheâ€™s quick, and as a defender, her biggest strength is off the ball, anticipating passing lanes. She will add a lot to our defense as far as length on the perimeter."
Courtney Schiffauer â€¢ 6-1 â€¢ F â€¢ Boardman, Ohio â€¢ Boardman High School
Tough inside-outside player who averaged 25.0 points a game as a junior, becoming the 10th player in Boardman High School history to surpass the 1,000-point mark...heads into her senior season ranked one of the top 25 seniors in the state by Ohio Girls Basketball Report...ranked the No. 58 small forward in the nation by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report...plays for Coach Ron Moschella...during her sophomore and junior seasons, earned first-team All-Federal League and first-team All-Northeastern Ohio honors...averaged just over 18 points a game as a sophomore...as a freshman, helped Boardman qualify for the state semifinals, marking the schoolâ€™s first appearance at the state championships in Columbus...plays in the same conference as fellow signee PorschÃ¨ Poole...also played volleyball for three years...named MVP of the team as a junior...two-time All-Federal League and all-district volleyball selection....member of track team for two years...carries a 3.6 grade-point average and has earned three varisty letters...plans to major in education.
Merchant on Schiffauer (SHIFF-hour):
"Courtney is a face-up post-player out of the 4 position that can really create off the dribble. She has the ability to shoot 3â€™s as well, but sheâ€™s really a strong trail and attack 4 player. I havenâ€™t seen too many players in the 4 position that can consistently put it on the floor and get it to the rim like she can. Sheâ€™s really powerful with her dribble and has the range to extend, which is really important to us, especially in our post-play. It really opens things up inside when you have someone who can attack from the 4-spot. Sheâ€™s definitely more of a face-up 4 than a power 4. She knows how to get fouled; sheâ€™s very good at getting to the free-throw line and is a good shooter from the line. Her biggest attribute is that sheâ€™s a scorer - she finds a way to score. Sheâ€™s athletic, has a big body, moves really well and runs really well. Sheâ€™s a hard-working, tough blue-collar player that I think every team needs."