UK Hoops Adds Transfer DeNesha Stallworth
May 5, 2011
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Head coach Matthew Mitchell is pleased to announce the addition of sophomore DeNesha Stallworth to the University of Kentucky women's basketball team.
"I am happy that DeNesha Stallworth has chosen to join the Kentucky basketball family," Mitchell said. "I enjoyed getting to know her during the recruiting process. She is the type of person and player that can make a positive impact on our program. She was one of the best players in the country this past season and has the opportunity to make a significant contribution to Kentucky basketball. DeNesha is a key addition to our program's future and we are thrilled that she is a Wildcat."
Stallworth, a 6-foot-3 forward/center, played two seasons for the California Golden Bears under Coach Joanne Boyle. She led the team in scoring as a sophomore last season, averaging 13.3 points per game while grabbing 6.4 rebounds a game. She was named an All-Pac-10 media selection in helping lead her squad to the Women's National Invitational Tournament for the second straight season.
As a rookie, Stallworth was the only player to start all 37 games. She was selected to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team as Cal's second-leading scorer with 12.9 points per game. She also swatted a team-high 42 blocks, the 11th-highest single-season total in program history. In 2009-10, she helped lead the Golden Bears to the 2010 WNIT Championship title, averaging 15.7 points and 7.3 rebounds. Overall, she ranked second among Pac-10 freshmen in scoring and third among the rookies in rebounding and charted the best field-goal percentage among all Pac-10 freshmen at 50.5 percent.
Stallworth had an outstanding prep career at Pinole Valley High School where she was named a 2009 McDonald's All-American and 2009 WBCA All-American. She also was a 2009 Parade Magazine Fourth Team All-America and first-team All-State selection. She was rated as the No. 12 prospect in the nation by Blue Star, No. 15 by Collegiate Girls Basketball report, No. 24 by ESPN HoopGurlz and No. 32 by the All-Star Girls Report, including the No. 4 forward prospect by ESPN HoopGurlz. NorCal Prep ranked her as the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2009. She finished her high school career with 2,170 points and 1,002 rebounds and was a three-time Most Valuable Player at PVHS.
Stallworth, who chose UK over LSU and Florida, must sit out the 2011-12 season due to NCAA transfer rules. She will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Stallworth will be the fourth McDonald's All-American on Mitchell's squad along with current freshmen Jennifer O'Neill (Bronx, N.Y.) and Samarie Walker (West Carrollton, Ohio) and incoming freshman Bria Goss (Indianapolis, Ind.).