K-State Signs Three in Early Signing Period

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State women’s basketball head coach Deb Patterson signed three players to National Letters of Intent on Thursday during the early signing period. The three new additions to the Wildcat roster in 2009-10 are: guard Brittany Chambers, guard Taelor Karr and guard Mariah White.

Chambers, a product of Belle Plaine, Minn., joins the Wildcats from Jordan High School and head coach Paul Lambrecht’s squad. While with the Jaguars, Chambers has garnered All-Minnesota River Conference first team honors three times, including Conference Player of the Year honors in 2007. Chambers also achieved All-State status following her junior campaign in 2008.

Chambers has shown a scoring prowess during her high school career with 2,118 points scored entering her senior season and averaging 23.9 and 23.5 points per game her junior and sophomore seasons, respectively. During the 2008 Minnesota high school state tournament, Chambers set a new tournament record with 47 points in a 79-74 victory over Class 2A top-seed Crookston. At the conclusion of the 2008 Minnesota State High School Girls’ Basketball Tournament, Chambers was named the Minnesota Army National Guard Star of the Championship game and was named to the Minnesota State High School Girls’ Basketball All-Tournament team for the second time and garnered her first Minnesota . Chambers will join fellow Minnesotan Jenny Gilbertson on the K-State roster.

Chambers is also a standout on the volleyball court, as she is a three-time selection to the Minnesota All-State volleyball squad and helped Jordan High School to the 2008 Minnesota State Volleyball Championship, led by Brittany’s mother, Colleen Chambers. At the conclusion of her sophomore season in volleyball, Chambers was named the 2007 Sophomore National Player of the Year by Prep Volleyball.

"Brittany brings tremendous leadership abilities, toughness, and a solid, strong base of offensive skills to our program,” said Patterson about Chambers. “She has a great ability to get to and finish at the rim; she is a terrific passer and will stretch the defense with her three-point shot. She has great transition basketball instincts as well and pushes the tempo and pace of the game. I expect Brittany to make an immediate impact as we transition from an experienced senior class to an underclass dominated squad in 2009-10. Brittany has the heart and demeanor of a champion. The teams she leads, win. She is the consummate gym rat and as she dedicates herself fulltime to basketball, I see her impact in this program and the league being tremendous."

Karr comes to Kansas State from Paola, Kan., and Paola High School. The 5-8 guard played in the 2008 Miss Basketball Showcase with 64 players from 17 states. Karr’s team, the Missouri Valley Eclipse, captured the tournament title and Karr was named the tournament MVP. During her sophomore season at Paola, Karr averaged 14 points and 4.4 assists per game. Prior to the start of her junior season, Karr suffered an ACL injury and missed the 2007-08 season. She is expected to make a full recovery for her senior year.

“Taelor will bring an element of speed and quickness that is similar to what we have seen from Shalee Lehning,” said Patterson of Karr’s abilities. “She elevates the speed of the game in the full court and I am impressed with her quick shot abilities. She is athletic and has a very good ability to get to gaps and to finish strong at the rim. Her quick release is a terrific element from the three-point line and she has a great knack for passing and making those around her better. Her work ethic on and off the court is extremely impressive. This is a young lady who has worked as many as four jobs and has excelled in the classroom while working to become a K-State and Big 12-caliber guard. She is a tough, hard-nosed competitor who is all about winning."

White, a native of Midwest City, Okla., joins the K-State program from Midwest City High School and coach Arthur Bode’s program. As a four-year starter for the Lady Bombers, White has garnered All-Mid-State Conference first team honors twice and second team honors once. During her junior campaign, White tallied a versatile line of 7.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.3 steals before suffering a season-ending ACL injury in January. The Lady Bombers were able to advance to the second round of the Oklahoma 6A State Tournament.

"Mariah will bring a strong, physical presence to our perimeter game,” stated Patterson about White. “She is a tough-minded competitor with athleticism, a solid three-point stroke and a great feel for and intelligence about the game. Mariah possesses great personal character on and off the floor. She is an excellent student and has demonstrated the toughness, persistence and personal character to battle through two ACL injuries with determination and great resolve. Mariah is a student of the game and her physical strength and athleticism will match up well with the great guards in the Big 12. She is a person and player her teammates respect and admire on and off the floor. I believe Mariah has a chance to become a player out of the Kimberly Dietz mold. "

Kansas State will open its 2008-09 season on Friday night in El Paso, Texas against UTEP. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. (CT) and can be heard live on 1350 KMAN.