Deacs Ink Three on National Signing Day
Nov. 8, 2017
By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWBB)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest head women’s basketball coach Jen Hoover and her staff have signed three players to National Letters of Intent. Kaylen Dickson, Lindsey Jarosinski and Christina Morra have all signed their letters of intent and will enroll at Wake Forest beginning with the 2018-19 season. “Our team, staff and basketball family are beyond excited about the three young women we are adding to our Wake Forest women’s basketball family,” said Hoover. “Recruiting is the lifeblood of every program and with the 2018 class not only are we adding high-level talent, but we are also adding high-character individuals with great personalities. They are proven winners and hungry competitors who during the recruiting process understood our culture, believed in it and are ready to embrace it. They have fallen in love with this special place and are eager to do something special in their time in the old gold and black. We are counting down until their arrival and look forward to welcoming their entire families to Demon Deacon nation."
Dickson, the 89th-ranked player nationally according to Blue Star Basketball, joins the Deacs from Warren Township High School in Gurnee, Illinois. While playing for the Blue Devils, Dickson garnered honorable mention All-State honors as a junior while being named to the North Suburban Conference All-Star teams the last two seasons. Dickson competed on the Full Package AAU team, helping her team win their pool at the Nike Nationals in Chicago. A dual-sport athlete, Dickson finished first in the conference in the high jump as a freshman.
Off the court Dickson has been an honor roll student in each of the last two years while also being a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. The daughter of Pete and Yolanda Dickson, Kalyen has three siblings, Zach, Tyler and Jayden. Tyler is a former student-athlete, having been a member of the Army West Point football team.
“Kaylen is an athletic wing that scores in a variety of ways. Her presence will bring an instantaneous energy because she has a motor that is unmatched. She brings great size on the perimeter and is one of the best athletes in the country. She has the quickness and speed that allows her to attack on the offensive end and be very disruptive defensively. Kaylen is a fierce competitor whose intensity, versatility and determination will enable her to compete with the best athletes in the ACC,” said Hoover.
Jarosinski, ranked 44th nationally by Blue Star Basketball, joins Wake Forest from Montini Catholic High School. A native of Medinah, Illinois, Jarosinski has helped lead the Broncos to state tournament appearances in each of her first three seasons. Jarosinski, a four-year starter, helped Montini to third-place finishes in 2015 and 2017 and an Elite Eight appearance in 2016. Additionally, Jarosinski has played for the Illinois Lady Lightning, helping her team to a pair of titles. The Lightning were the bracket champs at the 2016 Music City Madness and the 2017 USJN Premier Invite while finishing runner-up in their bracket at the 2017 Nike Nationals in Washington, D.C.
Jarosinski excels off the court as well, having been named to the All-Conference All-Academic team in each of her first three seasons. A member of the National Honors Society and the Spanish National Honor Society, Jarosinski has been on the highest honor roll throughout her entire high school career. She has played with five teammates that have gone on to play collegiately and will have the chance to face former teammate Nikki Oppenheimer, a freshman at Syracuse. The daughter of Steve and Janan, Lindsey has one brother, Mitchell. Her father played basketball collegiately at Ottawa University.
“Lindsey is a true 6’4” post and brings a toughness and work ethic that is contagious. She can score in a variety of ways around the basket and is able to step out and connect from the high post. From a defensive standpoint, Lindsey’s rebounding and shot blocking ability will allow her to be a big factor on both ends of the court. She has a great understanding of the game and makes those around her better. Her versatility, size and strength on the court will make her a tough match up for post players in our league,” said Hoover.
Morra, the top-ranked Canadian recruit in the class of 2018, joins Wake Forest from Mississauga, Ontario where she has been a member of Team Ontario at each of the last three Canadian Basketball Championships. She helped her team win gold in 2015 and 2016 on the U15 and U17 teams, respectively, while helping her 2017 U17 team finish runner-up. Morra also competed in the 2017 Across Boarders Global Games in which the United States faces Canada, and finished with a game-high 23 points. As a sophomore at Kings Christian Collegiate, she helped lead the Cavaliers to the 2016 Halton District Championship, the Class AA Championship and the All-Start Colts Classic Championship. The Cavaliers are back-to-back OSBA regular season champions while Morra is a two-time OSBA All-Star recipient. She was the recipient of the
Academically, Morra has been awarded the Principal’s Award every year for academic excellence. She is the daughter of Giovanni and Lisa Morra. Christina has a younger brother, Adrian, who also plays basketball.
“Christina is an extremely skilled post player who has the ability to score with a number of moves inside as well as face up and score from the perimeter. She is a relentless worker with a high basketball IQ and a great feel for the game. Christina brings her strength, physicality and competitiveness to both ends of the court. Her versatility, skill set and toughness will bring another element to our post game. This combination will allow her to compete at a high level in the ACC,” added Hoover.
These three will join a team that will lose just one senior at the end of the 2017-18 season in guard Amber Campbell.
“We want to especially thank Pete and Yolanda Dickson, Steve and Janan Jarosinski and Lisa and Giovanni Morra,” said Hoover, “The work you all have put in to groom your daughters has made it a pleasure for my staff and I to recruit them and get to know you all. We appreciate the values that you have instilled in them and their upbringings will make them valuable assets to our close community here at Wake Forest. Also, thank you to all the coaches who have invested time helping to develop these young women on and off the court.”
“I believe Wake Forest is a special place because of the wonderful administration, faculty, staff and fellow coaches and I want to say thank you to every member of the Wake Forest family. We wouldn’t be able to recruit this caliber of student-athlete without your time and support,” Hoover added.
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