K-State women sign four during early signing period

By The Mercury

Kansas State women’s basketball coach Deb Patterson announced on Thursday the signing of four players to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period.

The four new additions to the K-State roster in the 2013-14 season include forwards Breanna Lewis, Jessica Sheble and Erica Young and guard Kindred Wesemann.

Lewis, Sheble and Young all check in at 6-foot-3 or taller with Lewis at 6-5. Both 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).

“I am excited about the potential positive impact that this class will bring to our program,” Patterson said of her incoming freshmen class. “We have added size with Bre and Jessica, an aggressive and athletic small forward with Erica and a quality scorer and distributor with Kindred. As they transition into our program each of these young women bring a strong foundation of skills that will strengthen our team immediately.”

Lewis, a product of Milwaukee’s Riverside High School, averaged 16 points, 11.7 rebounds, 3.2 blocks and 2.6 steals as a junior. She had season-highs of 33 points and 24 rebounds against the Milwaukee School of Languages last season. Lewis will be the first Wildcat women’s basketball player from the state of Wisconsin.

“Bre has tremendous long-term upside and will be the tallest post player in our program since Nicole Ohlde,” Patterson said. “She brings a length and athletic presence that will assist us immediately on the defensive end of the floor. I think her offensive potential is tremendous.”

Young joins the Wildcats from Tampa Bay Tech High School, where she averaged 20.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks, while leading the Titans to a 23-3 record, the Class 7A, District 8 title and into the Florida High School state regional quarterfinals her junior season.

At the conclusion of the 2011-12 season, Young was named to the Class 7A All-State First Team, Tampa Bay Times First Team all-county selection and to the Tampa Tribune First Team. She was also named her team’s MVP.

“Erica will add a high-caliber rebounding, running and defensive presence to our program,” Patterson said. “She is a quick jumper who has an exceptional day-to-day work ethic and great speed up and down the floor. Our offensive and defensive transition will be greatly impacted by her speed.”

Sheble stays in-state, as she joins K-State from Olathe North High School. In the 2011-12 season, Sheble logged averages of 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocked shots. She also shot 55 percent from the field. At the conclusion of the season, Sheble garnered All-6A State honorable mention honors, All-Sunflower League First Team honors and was named team MVP.

“Jessica is a player already that has great touch around the rim,” Patterson said. “She has a versatile offensive game, good ball-handling skills for her size and the potential to ultimately score the ball from the 3-point line.”

Wesemann comes to K-State after a stellar prep career for Pleasant Hill High School in Missouri. In the 2011-12 season, Wesemann averaged 11.2 points, 3.8 assists, 3.8 steals and 3.2 rebounds for the Chicks. Against Oak Grove High School on Jan. 19 last season, Wesemann logged a double-double of 13 points and 10 steals.

For her career, Wesemann is averaging 12.9 points per game, while shooting 34 percent from 3-point range, 4.1 assists, 3.5 steals and 2.9 rebounds. During her sophomore season in 2010-11, Wesemann averaged a career-high 15.6 points a game while dishing out five assists.

Wesemann is a two-time Class 3 All-State honorable mention honoree from the Missouri High School Volleyball Coaches Association. She has helped Pleasant Hill High reach the state tournament in four straight seasons, including a runner-up finish.

“Kindred is a very crafty and creative passer with great court vision,” Patterson said. “I look for her to be able to stretch defenses with her outside shot and put pressure on the rim every trip up the floor. She is a fierce competitor with quality leadership skills.”

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