Jeff Mittie and the Kansas State women’s basketball team already have a good hand for the future, but they continue to stack the deck. Mittie and the program announced the signing of center Taylor Lauterbach and guard Jada Moore to National Letters of Intent (NLI) during the Fall National Signing period on Wednesday.
The two additions are for the 2020-21 roster.
Lauterbach stands at 6-foot-6 and is from Appleton, Wisc. She was ranked 85th overall by Prospects Nation in the Class of 2020 and 13th among posts. Lauterbach is the ninth-ranked senior in Wisconsin and is a nominee for the 2020 McDonald’s All-American Game. She will become the third Wisconsin player in program history.
“We believe Taylor can be a difference maker in the paint at both ends of the floor,” Mittie said in a release. “She has consistently improved in every area throughout her high school career under the guidance of Appleton West head coach James Brown and during her AAU career.”
Lauterbach averaged 12.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in her junior season. She was All-Fox Valley Association Second Team for the second time after her 2018-19 season. Lauterbach also helped her AAU team, Wisconsin Blaze, to two national titles in 2019.
Moore is a 5-foot-11 guard from Denver. She is rated the No. 3 player in Colorado for the 2020 class by prepgirlshoops.com. She was a leader for a Regis Jesuit High School team that made the Class 5A semifinals the past two years. Moore’s team went a combined 67-15 in the two season, with her averaging 10.2 points, 4.4 assists, 2.9 steals and 1.1 blocks.
Moore was a first-team All-Continental League selection in 2018-19, leading the Red Raiders to a 23-4 record and averaging 9.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.3 steals. Moore was selected to play in the A-Town All-Star game at the end of the season for the second straight year. She scored a game-high 18 points with four 3-pointers to lead Team West to a win in the game.
“We were looking for a player who could defend and push in the full court and Jada excels in both areas,” Mittie said. “She has continued to improve while playing for two outstanding coaches in Carl Mattei at Regis Jesuit and the Mile Hi Magic and former NBA player Keith Van Horn with Colorado Premier during her high school years.”
Kansas State hosts Oral Roberts on Monday at Bramlage Coliseum at 6:30 p.m.