November 16, 2011
Women's Basketball inks three in early signing period
The Hokies add guards Alexis Lloyd and Lauren Evans and forward Alexandria Kiss-Rusk for 2012-13

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech head coach Dennis Wolff announced the signing of three players to national letters of intent for the 2012-13 academic year. Alexis Lloyd, Lauren Evans and Alexandria Kiss-Rusk will join the Hokies in Fall 2012.

“Considering the time of year that we were hired as a staff, we are thrilled with being able to have these girls be our first three recruits,” said Wollf. “They are all good students and they are all basketball players who will add a lot to our program. All three players will immediately compete for playing time.”

Lloyd is a four-star, top-100 recruit, ranked No. 81 overall in the country and No. 31 in the guard position by ESPN HoopGurlz. The 5-9 starting guard is out of Whitney Young High School (Chicago, Ill.) which is preseason picked No. 15 in the country after finishing 18th last season.

“A skilled wing player, Alexis comes from one of the best high school programs in the country,” said Wolff. “She will immediately add to our team’s competitiveness on defense and give us an additional perimeter shooter on offense.”

Evans, a 6-0 guard out of Phoenix, Ariz., is rated a four-star recruit and the No. 40 guard in the country by ESPN HoopGurlz. A four-year varsity team member at Hamilton High School, Evans was named the Player of the Year in 2011. Evans competed for Cal Storm Team Taurasi club team under coach George Quintero where she competed at the 2010 and 2011 Nike Nationals. She was also invited to the Nike Skills Academy as a freshman, sophomore and junior.

“Lauren is an extremely competitive combo guard,” Wolff said. “She has played at a high level in high school and nationally on the AAU circuit.”

Kiss-Rusk, a 6-4 forward is a three-star recruit (ESPN HoopGurlz) out of Phillips Academy, Andover (Mass.). The Montreal, Quebec native, played for the Under-17 Canadian national team at the FIBA World Championships in France. She was selected for the Canada Senior Women’s Basketball team to compete in the 2011 Pan Am Games.

“We think Alex is a little under the radar,” said Wolff. “She had an injury this summer that kept her from playing with the under-18 Canadian national team, but had great exposure with the Canadian national team at the Pan-Am Games in the fall. She is a post player who has a very good future and a big upside.”

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