Nov. 11, 2011
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Head coach Joe McKeown announced today (Friday, Nov. 11) the signing of three players to National Letters of Intent. This year's class features Tennessee native Lauren Douglas (Collienville, Tenn./Briarcrest Christian), Atlanta native Christen Johnson (Powder Springs, Ga.) and local product Maggie Lyon (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier).
"The work ethic and academic commitment are what we are excited about in all three of our signees," McKeown said. "They truly embody what it means to be a student-athlete and will have a great impact on our program. I think our coaching staff did a tremendous job trying to recruit nation-wide. Besides talent, they look for people of great character and I think this class is outstanding in both areas."
"We are really excited about Lauren becoming part of our program," McKeown said. "She is an incredibly gifted player and also a great person. She had numerous choices and we are really proud she chose Northwestern. She reminds me a little bit of Scottie Pippen."
"Christen is a power forward that will bring physical presence to the Big Ten and is one of those players that will keep getting better and better. I'm so impressed with her character and potential leadership. She has the intangibles that coaches really look for and she will really help us with power and post play."
"We had the opportunity to watch Maggie grow up in front of us and play her career as both a high school player and on the summer circuit. We feel like she was an incredible person to bring into Northwestern. Like Lauren and Christen, she had many choices, and for her to play in front of friends and family will be a great experience. I think she has a chance to be one of the best shooting guards in all of college basketball."
For complete bios, please see below.
Collienville, Tenn./Briarcrest Christian
High School: Team Captain... All-District selection 2010 ... Briarcrest's Most Valuable Player (2009-10) ... Briarcrest's Best Offensive Player (2009-10 and 2010-11) ... All-State (2010-11) ... Commercial Appeal Best of Preps ... Averaged 18 points per game ... Averaged 13 rebounds, four assists and two steals per game for the Saints ... Scored 39 points in one game ... ESPN Position Ranking of 29 ... Scouts grade of 90 ... Competed in Fila Top Ten Event (2011) ... Three-year letter winner in basketball ... An athletic wing player and good ball handler in the open court ... Great vertical jump and can rebound and score at rim level ... High school team was 2011 State Runner Up, 2011 Sub-State Champions, Division II AA West Regional Regular Season Champions, Division 11 AA Sub-State Champions and West Regional Tournament Champions ... Club team, Memphis Elite, was National Champion Runners-Up (2010), 2011 State Champions, 2011 Classic National Champions ... Honor roll.
Personal: Born Lauren Kirsten Douglas ... Daughter of Tonya and Frederick Douglas ... Cousin, Tim Jackson, is a defensive end at North Carolina ... Attended the same high school as Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher and North Carolina guard Leslie McDonald ... Anticipated major is broadcast journalism.
Wilmette, Ill./New Trier
High School:Two-time captain at New Trier ... Earned All-Conference and All-Area honors as a junior and senior ... Two-time All-State selection ... All Tournament awards ... Has scored a total of 1,275 points in her high school career ... Scored a career-high 33 points against Loyola Academy ... Helped the Trevians to a 75-22 record over the last three seasons and a final eight appearance ... Named to the New Trier Thanksgiving All-Tournament team in each of the three years she competed ... Earned All-Tournament honors in the Dundee Crown Christmas Tournament team as a sophomore and junior ... ESPN Position Ranking of 27 ... Scouts grade of 90 ... A productive shooter and strong presence on defense ... Attended same high school as former Wildcat Amy Jaeschke ... Competed with current NU players Alex Cohen, La'Terria Taylor and Meghan McKeown ... Has played for the Midwest Elite for the past two seasons and with Full Package for four years .... Helped Midwest Elite to back-to-back USJN National Championships and went 60-4 over last two seasons ... Played softball freshman year ... Honor roll every semester.
Personal: Born Margaret Helen Lyon ... Daughter of Bruce and Mary Alice Lyon ... Mother played basketball and volleyball at Carson Newman College ... Major is undecided.
Powder Springs, Ga./The Lovett School
High School: Two-time All-Region selection at The Lovett School ... 2010-11 Sporting News All-American honorable mention ... Team captain ... Played for AAU teams, Georgia Pistols and Georgia Metros ... Led the Pistols to the 2008 AAU 14 National championship ... Helped the Metros to the 2011 Silver Bracket Nike National Championship ... ESPN Position Ranking of 24 ... Scouts grade of 89 ... Has a strong attack to the rim ... Utilizes her size and strength and is a consistent presence on defense and on the boards ... Also played volleyball freshman year ... Scholars list every quarter in high school ... Reporter for school newspaper, co-president of Maintenance Appreciation Club ... Selected as a peer mentor through Senior Pal Program.
Personal: Born Christen Asanti Johnson ... Daughter of Camisha Johnson Ester ... Anticipated major is journalism.