Mittie Signs Three in Fall Signing Period


MANHATTAN, Kan. –
Kansas State head women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie announced the signing of three players to National Letters of Intent (NLI) during the Fall National Signing period on Wednesday.

The three new additions to the K-State roster for the 2015-16 season are: guards Kayla Goth and Anna Hammaker and center Cheyenne Hooper. Hammaker and Hooper join the Wildcats after teaming up at Christian Academy of Knoxville, Tennessee.

“We wanted to add length and versatility in this class,” said Mittie about his new additions for next season. “We were able to sign three players that add that capability with the skill level that we need in the Big 12.  All three players have the athletic ability to go make plays at both ends of the floor and the size at their positions that we were looking for.”

Goth, a 6-foot guard from DeForest, Wisconsin, enters her senior season at DeForest High with career totals of 1,007 points (13.4 ppg), 560 rebounds (7.5 rpg), 285 assists (3.8 apg), 260 steals (3.5 spg) and 154 blocks (2.1 bpg). Goth will be the second Wildcat from the state of Wisconsin on the roster, as the Wildcats currently feature Milwaukee native Breanna Lewis – who was the first player in program history from the state.

In the 2013-14 season, Goth averaged 13.5 points, 4.1 assists and 4.3 steals while leading DeForest to a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Division 2 state runner-up finish. She garnered Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division 2 All-State First Team honors and was named to the Associated Press All-State Second Team. Goth is a two-time unanimous All-Badger North Conference First Team selection.

Goth is a three-sport athlete who is a 12-time letter winner, as she has earned All-Badger North First Team honors in volleyball and softball in addition to basketball. At the end of the 2014 volleyball season, Goth was named to the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association All-State Second Team.

“Kayla is a versatile player that can play all the guard and forward spots,” said Mittie. “She has excellent length on the defensive end with good vision and an overall game at the offensive end.”

Hammaker is a 5’9” guard and the daughter of former Kansas City Royals’ pitcher Atlee Hammaker. Hammaker helped lead Christian Academy to the Class AA state sectionals with averages of 18.3 points, 5.1 steals, 4.9 assists and 4.5 rebounds. At the end of her junior season, she was named the District 4 AA Player of the Year, an All-District 4 AA selection, an All-Knoxville Interscholastic League (KIL) selection and captured her fourth straight All-State honor.

Hammaker enters her final season with the Warriors with career totals of 2,262 points (17.8 ppg), 629 assists (5.0 apg), 514 rebounds (4.0 rpg) and 720 steals (5.7 spg).

“Anna is a left handed guard that has the athletic ability to make plays off the bounce and the shooting range to stretch the defense,” stated Mittie. “She can play either guard spot with excellent skill level.”

Hooper is a 6’6” center from Knoxville, Tennessee, who will be tied as the tallest player in program history with former K-State letter winner Olga Firsova (1998-00). Hooper is returning to basketball for her senior season after a year away from the sport to focus on volleyball.

Prior to her departure from basketball, Hooper helped Christian Academy to a 24-8 record in her sophomore season and a District 4-AA title, a regional title and sectional title.

Hooper is also an accomplished volleyball player who was named the 2014 District 4 AA Offensive Player of the Year and named the 2014 Division 1 AA State Tournament MVP. She is a three-time All-District 4 AA, All-KIL and All-State First Team recipient in volleyball.

“Cheyenne has good size in the post position,” Mittie said. “She is an excellent shot blocker that can run the floor well.  At the offensive end she can pass out of the post and has a developing inside back to the basket game.”

K-State will open its 47th season of action on Friday evening, as the Wildcats host SIUE at 5:30 p.m. Friday night is a women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader featuring a halftime performance at both games by Peter Rabbit. Tickets are available through the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or at www.kstatesports.com/tickets.