Fall National Signing Period Coverage
Updated Nov. 12, 2009 at 4:26 p.m.
Wednesday marks the introduction for several student-athletes at the University of Kentucky.
Beginning Wednesday with National Signing Day, prospective student-athletes will be permitted to sign their respective national letters of intent to play for UK in every sport except soccer, track, cross country and football. The fall signing period lasts from Wednesday through Nov. 18.
UK is expected to ink several big-name student-athletes as the day and week progresses. Stay tuned to ukathletics.com for the latest signing day action.
Signees will be listed here as Compliance confirms their NLI has been received and is in order.
Stacey Poole, Jr.
Stacey Poole, Jr. is a senior at Providence High School in Jacksonville, Fla. Poole is ranked the fourth best small forward (27 th overall) by Rivals.com recruiting service and the 11 th best small forward (58 th overall) by Scout.com. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Poole, a first-team All-First Coast selection last season, averaged 17.3 points per game his junior season at Jackson High School. He is the son of former University of Florida standout Stacey Poole, who still ranks as the Gators' No. 4 all-time scorer with 1,678 points.
Sarah Beth Barnette - Watch Barnette Signing
6-2 forward from Lexington Christian Academy in Lexington, Ky.
Barnette, a Lexington Christian Academy player since the eighth grade, has tallied 1,247 points and grabbed 820 rebounds during her prep career. She helped lead LCA to four district, regional and state championships, including three Class A titles and one overall Sweet 16 Championship title in 2007. Last season, she averaged a double-double with 15.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game and helped LCA become the first team in the Commonwealth's history to win three consecutive Class A State Championships. She has been an All-Tournament team selection three straight years and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Class A State Tournament Championship game. Barnette was named All-Region, All-District and All-State for the 2008-09 season and has been an All-City selection the last three years, including a first-team nod last year. She is an honorable mention preseason All-America choice for 2009-10 as selected by Sporting News.Barnette, considered one of the lead candidates for Kentucky's Miss Basketball honor, committed to Kentucky early and did not seriously consider any other schools.
5-8 guard from Mansfield Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas
Conwright is listed as the 36th-best guard in the nation according to ESPN Hoopgurlz. The three-year starter for Coach Candi Harvey at Timberview High School averaged a team-high 12.4 points and 4.0 steals per game and 3.0 assists per game last season as a junior. She has garnered many honors during her prep career, including being named All-State by both the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and the Texas Girls Coaches Association in 2009. She also was a two-time TABC All-Region selection and a member of the Dallas Morning News' All-Area team. Conwright was named the District 4-5A Co-Most Valuable Player last year after leading her team to the state championship game with an impressive 37-4 overall record. In 2008, she was named the District 4-5A Defensive MVP after averaging 10.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Her squad is currently ranked preseason No. 1 for 4A teams in the state of Texas. She also participated in track and field at THS, advancing and placing at the regional track meet in the long jump as a sophomore. Conwright chose Kentucky over TCU, SMU, Arkansas, San Diego State and Southern Miss.
Kastine Evans (pronounced cas-TEEN)
5-8 guard from Norwich Free Academy in Salem, Conn.
Evans is ranked as the 67th overall player and the 18th best shooting guard in the country, according to ESPN HoopGurlz. She averaged 19.7 points per game in leading Norwich (Conn.) Free Academy to a 24-2 overall record and the Class LL title last winter. She had a game-high 24 points, 15 rebounds and four steals to earn tournament MVP honors after leading the Wildcats to a 63-42 victory over Career High School of New Haven in the final game. Because of her outstanding play as a junior, Evans was named first team All-State and the 2009 Connecticut Day Player of the Year. In just three years of high school basketball, she has already amassed over 1,500 career points. Evans also is an outstanding volleyball and track athlete for NFA, helping her teams win two state championships in volleyball and one in track and field. She comes from a family of athletes as her father is former New York Jets player Ray Evans and brother R.J. plays on the men's basketball team for Holy Cross. Evans chose Kentucky over Cincinnati, Marquette, UMass and Rutgers.
6-0 guard from La Vergne High School in La Vergne, Tenn.
Jefferson, a three-year starter at La Vergne High School, is ranked as the 34th overall player, according to The Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and the 16th best shooting guard by ESPN Hoopgurlz. She averaged 17.4 points per game last season and helped lead the Lady Wolverines to an upset of defending state champion Wilson Central in the Region 5-AAA tournament. Jefferson was instrumental in La Vergne finishing with an impressive 22-9 overall record. She is a three-time selection to the Daily News Journal's All-Area team, as well as a 2009 Tennessee Sports Writers' Association All-State selection for Class AAA. Jefferson chose Kentucky over South Carolina.
5-6 point guard from Saint Michael Academy and Bronx, N.Y.
O'Neill, a consensus national top 30 player, is ranked as the nation's 10th best point guard according to ESPN Hoopsgurlz. She was tabbed a fourth-team All-American by PARADE Magazine and was a fifth-team All-America choice by Street & Smith's Magazine last season after averaging 22.0 points and 7.0 assists per game at St. Michael Academy in New York. She earned first-team all-state honors in Class AA in 2008-09 after leading St. Michael's to its first Federation championship title. She was named tournament MVP after pouring in 22 points in the CHSAA state 'AA' title game and hitting four clutch free throws in the Class AA semifinals in the final 1:01 to lift her squad to a 50-46 win. She also netted a game-high 13 points in the state Federation championship game for the Eagles. Because of her outstanding junior season, the New York Daily News named her the Girls Player of the Year. O'Neill chose Kentucky over Georgia and Cal.
UK men's tennis head coach Dennis Emery announced the signing of top in-state recruit Grant Roberts of Lexington, Ky., a 2009 Kentucky state finalist as a junior, Roberts attends Lexington's Tates Creek High School. Roberts comes to UK as an accomplished player on the junior circuit as well as the high school ranks. Last summer the Lexington native won the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Joe Creason (Ky.) State Qualifier by defeating Alex Crum of Prospect 6-2, 6-7, 6-0. As a result of the championship, Roberts qualified for the USTA Southern Closed Championships to battle players from across the South. Last May Roberts earned All-State honors by advancing to the final of 2009 Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) Boys' State Tennis Championship held at the UK Boone Tennis Complex. The left-hander fell in a tight three-set thriller to top-seeded Jimmy Roebker of Covington Catholic 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. During his sophomore campaign at Tates Creek, Grant made his debut in the 2008 singles state tournament as the No. 8 seed. He later lost in the quarterfinals to eventual state champ Eric Quigley, now a Wildcat sophomore. Currently, the prospective Wildcat owns a 45-11 career record and is ranked second in the state, 11th in the Southeast and 52nd nationally for the 2010 class by national recruiting site TennisRecruting.net. Roberts chose Kentucky over offers from LSU and North Carolina State.
A senior at Waynesboro Area Senior High School, Breed has put together an impressive junior career. Breed registered four top-five finishes during summer 2009 play and recorded another top-10 finish. With a 219 (70-76-73), Breed took top honors at the AJGA Junior Championship at The Virginian in July. Breed recorded a second-place finish at the Golf Pride Junior Classic in August with a 218 (73-73-72), and tied for third at both the SAP Junior Open (75-72-75) and Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier (74-73-78). In June, Breed posted a sixth-place finish at the Heritage Junior Championship with a 226 (76-77-73). Also competing in the McDonald's Betsy Rawls Girls Championship in July, Breed shot a 246 (78-82-86).
5-11 setter from Madison West in Madison, Wisc.
Koberstein is rated as the No. 16 player in the country and the third best setter according to PrepVolleyball.com . As a junior, PrepVolleyball rated her as one of the top-50 juniors. In her junior season at Madison West, Koberstein was voted a second-team All-State selection after earning first team All-Conference honors. In her sophomore season she was voted All-City and second-team All-Conference before appearing at the USA A1 camp. PrepVolleyball rates her as a tall, smooth and fast, athlete who has the ability to execute all skills in the setter position at an elite level.