Kansas State head women’s basketball coach Deb Patterson announced Monday the signing of the top international recruit in the class of 2013, Leticia Romero of Spain, to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) during the spring signing period.
With the addition of Romero, K-State has signed six players for the upcoming season.
“Leti is a tremendous addition to our program in every respect,” Patterson said in a press release. “She is a person of great character, an exceptional student and a player I expect will make an immediate impact.
“Leti has an exceptional basketball IQ, a strong perimeter skill set and an inspired work ethic. She brings a world class competitive mentality to the floor. Her commitment to be great, to win and to working hard lends to her great leadership skills. Leti elevates the standards of those she competes with. We are extremely excited about welcoming her to America and Kansas State.”
Romero, who chose K-State over offers from Florida State and Virginia Tech, helped Spain’s U17 national team to a second-place finish at the 2012 U-17 World Championships in Amsterdam, the Netherlands last summer. Romero was named to the All-Tournament Team by leading Spain with 13.3 points and 3.5 assists, while also pulling in 4.7 rebounds and pocketing two steals a game.
She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Team USA players Diamond DeShields and Linnae Harper, who will be playing at North Carolina and Kentucky, respectively, next season. Both DeShields and Harper rank among the top-10 players in the United States for the class of 2013 by ESPN Hoopgurlz.
In the semifinals of the U17 World Championships against Japan, Romero scored 27 points, dished out five assists and had four steals to propel Spain to the championship game.
Romero will continue her busy national team duties this summer, as she will play for the Spanish U19 team that will compete at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women on July 18-28 in Klaipeda & Panevezys, Lithuania (lithuania2013.fiba.com). She will also play on the Spanish U18 team for the 2013 European U18 Championships.
In addition to her extensive international experience, Romero has played for Gran Canaria in the Spanish Liga Femenina (LFB) for the last three seasons. During the 2012-13 season, she averaged 15.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.2 steals. Her scoring average ranked fourth in the LFB, while her steals per game ranked second. She was named to the Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Second Team and was selected to the Eurobasket.com All-Domestic Players Team.
Romero recently helped her team capture the Spanish U18 Championship by averaging 25 points, 6.3 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 4.6 steals while earning tournament MVP honors.
In the 2011-12 season, Romero helped lead Gran Canaria to its fifth Spanish Junior Championship with an 83-60 win over Sant Adria. Romero led the tournament in points and assists.
In 2011, Romero helped guide the Spanish U16 national team to a gold medal at the U-16 European Championships. She averaged 9.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and three steals and was selected to the All-Tournament Team.
Romero joins a K-State signing class that includes four signees from the fall signing period and another from the spring signing period. Those five signees include forwards Breanna Lewis (Milwaukee, Wis.), Jessica Sheble (Olathe) and Erica Young (Tampa, Fla.) and guards Jai Murphy (Nashville, Tenn.) and Kindred Wesemann (Pleasant Hill, Mo.).
Lewis, Sheble and Young all check in at 6-3 or taller with Lewis at 6-5, and Sheble and Young at 6-3. Lewis will be tied for the second-tallest player in K-State women’s basketball history and the tallest on the roster since Nicole Ohlde (2001-04). Sheble and Young are the seventh and eighth players in the program’s history to check in at a height of 6-3.
Playing with seven players for the final 19 games of the 2012-13 season, K-State reached the postseason for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons by appearing in the WNIT. The Wildcats advanced to the semifinals of the WNIT for the third time in the program’s four appearances in the tournament.
In addition to its six signees for the 2013-14 season, K-State returns five players that saw significant action in the 2012-13 season, including sophomore-to-be Bri Craig and junior-to-be Haley Texada.