McFadyen Signs with Lady Tiger Basketball
April 12, 2001
MEMPHIS, TENN. - University of Memphis head women's basketball coach Joye Lee-McNelis announced today the signing of Kalara McFadyen to a National Letter of Intent for the 2001-02 basketball season.
McFadyen becomes the fifth player signed for next season's squad, joining Latrice Booker (6-2, C, Winnfield, La.), Jeralynn Campbell (6-2, C, Tampa, Fla.), Jennifer Sullivan (5-10, G/F, Jonesboro, Ark.) and Raven Rogers (5-10, G, Jackson, Miss.). This could easily be one of McNelis' largest recruiting classes as she must fill the voids left by seniors Tiffany Adkins, Patrice Boyd, Malissa Bush, Tiffany Collins and Kelly Herron. McNelis expects to sign one or two more players by the end of the signing period.
"I chose the University of Memphis because I was very comfortable and happy with the coaching staff," said McFadyen. "The staff seemed very positive and passionate about winning a championship, and I believe that the tools are in place for that to happen. Being from a foreign country, all of this recruiting pressure has been very new to me. I learned to trust Coach (Blair) Savage-Lansden as she made me believe in this program."
"I was also helped in my decision to join this team once I met the strength coach Ray Oliver because he has a genuine interest in helping the female players develop to their potential. Also, when I came to a game at the Fieldhouse, the support of the fans and booster club made me realize how great it is to be an athlete in Memphis."
A 5-6 guard, McFadyen hails from Auckland, New Zealand and has played for coach B.J. Smith the last two years at Northeast Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Okla. McFadyen was named an honorable mention pick to the NJCAA all-American squad this season after leading her squad to a 30-2 finish. She holds NEO's single-season record in steals with 169, as well as the career record with 330 total picks. In her two years at NEO, the Lady Norse boasted a 63-6 record. McFadyen is also a two-time member of the Bi-State all-conference team and was honored to the all-Region II team as a sophomore. She is the first foreign player that McNelis has signed in her 10 years at the helm of the Lady Tiger program.
"We are very excited about having a point guard of Kalara's caliber become part of our program," said McNelis. "She is a great defensive stopper who takes care of the basketball. I feel sure she will attain the level of success that she had at Northeast Oklahoma. She is a first-class young lady who has strong character and possesses tremendous leadership skills."
"Kalara is rated as the 23rd-best point guard in the country, and I expect her to make an immediate impact with the departure of Tiffany Collins," added McNelis.