June 5, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Cowgirl head basketball coach Joe Legerski today announced two additions to this year's recruiting class with the signing of Jade Kennedy and Randi Richardson to attend the University of Wyoming beginning in the fall of 2007. Kennedy, from Cairns, Australia, will come in as a freshman, while Richardson, Arlington, Wash., is transferring in from the University of San Francisco. Richardson will have three years remaining after sitting out next season under NCAA Transfer Rules.
"The Wyoming basketball program is excited to have Jade Kennedy and Randi Richardson join the program," said Legerski. "Jade is a tremendous scorer in the low post and a terrific rebounder. Randi will sit a year according to NCAA rules, but will give us an excellent scorer from the perimeter along with great experience in the backcourt."
Here are the signees:
Jade Kennedy, 6-1, Forward/Center, Cairns, Queensland, Australia (St. Monica's College)
Kennedy was a two-time member of the U18 Queensland North All-State Team, the U16 Queensland North All-State Team and the All-State Queensland Team while attending St. Monica's College. She has been a member of the Cairns Dolphins QABL team the past two years and the U16 Cairns Dolphins Team in 2003 and 2004. Kennedy has led her team to the runner-up spot the last two years of the U18 Girls State Tournament, while averaging 11 points and 8.8 rebounds in 2005 and 15 points and 14 rebounds in 2006. She has been coached by Brad Burdon and Mick Downer during her career. Jade is the daughter of William and Leonie Kennedy and has three sisters, Amanda, Janelle and Brooke.
Randi Richardson, 5-7, Guard, Arlington, Wash. (San Francisco/Arlington HS)
Richardson played in all 31 games and started seven in her freshman campaign at the University of San Francisco. She averaged three points, 1.8 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 17.4 minutes per game. The Dons finished the 2006-07 season 10-21 overall, which included a first round upset of the University of San Diego, 80-69, in the West Coast Conference Tournament. A three-time First Team All-State selection at Arlington High School, she also earned All-Area and All-League honors four straight seasons. During her senior year, she was nominated for the McDonald's All-America list, was named to the Seattle Post Intelligencer Top-10 player list and played in the Washington/Oregon All-Star game, while averaging 18.3 points, 6.5 assists and four steals. As a junior, Richardson averaged 20.1 points and 6.1 rebounds on her way to capturing Everett Herald Player of the Year and 4A Official's Player of the Year honors. In 2003-04, she was Western Washington's 4A leading scorer and earned 4A Official's Player of the Year accolades. Richardson also led the WESCO North and South conferences in scoring for three consecutive seasons and scored 1,500 points for her high school career. Randy is the daughter of Dave and Debbie Richardson.
Kennedy and Richardson are the third and fourth student-athletes to sign a letter of intent with the Cowgirls this season as they signed two during the early signing period. The other signees include Hillary Carlson (6-3, Forward/Center, Cheyenne, Wyo.) and Irena Vankova (6-3, Forward/Center, Prague, Czech Republic).
"The addition of Randi and Jade to our early signees of Hillary Carlson and Irena Vankova will continue to improve the Cowgirl basketball program for years to come," Legerski added.