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Texas Longhorns Women's Basketball Signs Rori Harmon, Kyndall Hunter, and Aaliyah Moore to National Letters of Intent
POSTED: November 11, 2020 -- 9:03 p.m. CT
Vic Schaefer, Texas Longhorns Women's Basketball Head Coach, announced the signings of three of the top high school seniors in the 2021 Class Wednesday afternoon. Coach Schaefer announced the signings of Rori Harmon (Cypress Creek HS, Houston, TX), Kyndall Hunter (Cypress Creek HS, Houston, TX) and Aaliyah Moore (Moore HS, Moore, OK) to National Letters of Intent.
Two of the three signees in this class are rated in the top 10 nationally overall, and all three appear in the top 20 nationally by several recruiting services.
"We not only signed a tremendous class, rated in the top five in the country as well as the most versatile player in the country in Aaliyah Moore, but we've also signed the best high school backcourt in the country in Rori and Kyndall," Schaefer continued. "We have addressed specific needs and have added three outstanding young ladies who are driven and motivated to win. All three are so excited about being Texas Longhorns! They will not only add to our team, but they will be tremendous young ladies in our campus community, the city of Austin and the great state of Texas."
Harmon, a 5'6" point guard from Cypress Creek High School who plays under coach Jennifer Alexander, is ranked as the No. 6 overall prospect in the nation by All Star Girls Report and No. 10 by espnW HoopGurlz. In her junior season at Cypress Creek, Harmon averaged 15.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 4.7 steals per game while helping Cypress Creek to a 41-1 record and a runner-up finish in the Class 6A state tournament. She claimed District 17-6A Most Valuable Player honors last year and is a three-time Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) all-state selection. In her first three seasons at Cypress Creek, Harmon has registered career totals of 2,059 points, 565 rebounds, 552 assists and 528 steals in 113 games.
Hunter, an explosive, 5'7", scoring two-guard who plays alongside Harmon in the starting backcourt at Cypress Creek High School, is ranked as the No. 18 prospect in the nation by All Star Girls Report and No. 19 by Blue Star Basketball. Hunter averaged 20 points, 2.8 steals per game and 2.3 assists per game as a junior as Cypress Creek went 41-1 and advanced to the Class 6A state championship game. The All-Greater Houston Girls Basketball Player of the Year by the Houston Chronicle in 2019-20, she recorded four 30-point performances last year and posted a game-high 24 points in the state title contest against Duncanville. In her first three seasons at Cypress Creek, Hunter has registered career totals of 2,217 points, 351 steals, 338 assists and 286 rebounds in 115 games.
Moore, a 6'1" forward from Moore High School who plays under coach Brent Hodges, is ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the nation by Blue Star Basketball and No. 6 by espnW HoopGurlz. In her junior year at Moore, she was named Gatorade's Oklahoma Girls Basketball Player of the Year after averaging 21.9 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 2.1 blocks per game per game while converting 58-percent from the floor. Moore led her team to a 20-5 record and the Class 6A state tournament, the program's first state appearance in 22 years, prior to the cancelation of the tourney due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In her first three seasons at Moore High School, she has registered career totals of 1,274 points, 698 rebounds, 102 assists and 91 blocks in 73 games. During the summer of 2019, Moore helped Team USA win the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Chile.
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I asked Coach Schaefer what makes the Houston area such a hotbed for women's college basketball recruiting.
"There's a lot of it (talent) down there (in Houston)," Coach Schaefer replied. "You've got to give the high school coaches credit. The day of the offensive coordinator being the Girls' Basketball Coach has come and gone; and, everybody seems to be committed to having quality coaches.
"You have to give the administrators and the school districts and the superintendents -- you've got to give them credit. But, also, the coaching is so good; and, then, the AAU programs have become really good."
Schaefer added, "Nationally, there's so much attention being given to our sport and rightly so."
"What people realize," Schaefer continued. "And, what we've done wherever we've been is we've shown that if you'll invest in coaches; if you'll invest in budgets, you're going to get a great return. And, I think that's what we did, obviously, at Mississippi State with our fan base and now coming to Texas."
"The Houston area has really become a tremendous hotbed for talent for all those reasons and maybe some that I didn't even mention."
The Longhorns are scheduled to tip-off the 2020-21 season November 25 at home versus SMU. Tip-off time to be determined.
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