Posted Nov 11, 2004 16:29:16
Techsters Add Houston Prep Star
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech head coach Kurt Budke added one of the nation's top players to his recruiting class Thursday by inking John Foster Dulles High School prep star Eboni Mangum.
The Houston, Texas, native joins guards Jessica Houston and Quantae Thomas who both signed with the Techsters on Wednesday.
Mangum starred at Dulles High School for Coach Doug Lechtenberger the past few years while leading the program to a 31-5 mark and the regional quarterfinals of the state playoffs as a junior. She is ranked as the 18th best high school senior in the country by Michael White's All-Star Girls Report.
"Eboni is the (Houston Chronicle's) preseason player of the year in the Houston area which speaks volumes," Budke said. "There are so many great players in Houston so for her to be singled out like that means a lot. It's so hard for a true freshman to make the transition to Division I college basketball and make an immediate impact but I believe she could do that for us. She will remind people a lot of Amber Obaze."
The 5-foot-8-inch shooting guard averaged 19.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.8 steals per game as a junior while shooting 47 percent from the field and hitting 53 three-pointers. She has already earned numerous honors during her high school career including being named the District 20-5A most valuable player as a junior and the district defensive player of the year as a sophomore. She is a two-time Texas 5A first team all-stater.
Mangum also owns plenty of other honors including being named Adidas Top Ten Camp Upperclass All-Star (2004), Adidas Top 10 Camp Underclass Class All-Star (2003) as well as AAU 16 and Under All-American (2003).
Budke said with the addition of Mangum, the Lady Techsters are still expecting to possibly sign one more by the end of the early period.
John Foster Dulles HS (Sugarland, Texas)
High School: Played guard for Coach Doug Lechtenberger at John Foster Dulles
High School in Sugarland, Texas ... Led Dulles HS to a 31-5 mark and the
regional quarterfinals of the 2004 state playoffs ... Averaged 19.6 ppg, 4.4
rpg, 4.8 spg, and 3.8 apg as a junior ... Shot 47 percent from field, 67
percent from the free throw line and was 53-165 from the three-point line as
a junior ... Ranked as the 18th best high school senior in the country by
Michael White¹s All-Star Girls Report ... Named as the 2004-05 Houston
Chronicle Preseason Player of the Year ... Also named preseason first team
by the Houston Chronicle for 2004-05 ... Named Adidas Top Ten Camp
Upperclass All-Star in summer of 2004 ... Named Underclass All-Star in
summer of 2003 ... Named AAU 16 and Under All-America in summer of 2003 ...
Named District 20-5A first team all-district for three years ... Named
district Defensive Player of the Year as sophomore ... Named district MVP as
junior ... Named to the Texas 5A All-State first team as sophomore and
junior ... Named to the Texas 5A All-State second team as freshman ... Named
All-Region first team three straight years ... Named Houston Chronicle
Athlete of the Week as a junior ... Daughter of Don and Liz (stepmother)
Mangum and Ellen Mangum ... Born Jan. 27, 1987 ... Age 17.