Nov. 15, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Head Coach Joe McKeown announced today (Nov. 15) the signing of four players to National Letters of Intent to enroll at Northwestern University and compete for the women’s basketball program beginning in the fall of 2013. The Wildcats will welcome forward Nia Coffey (Minneapolis, Minn./Hopkins), guard Ashley Deary (Flower Mound, Tex./Flower Mound), guard Christen Inman (Katy, Tex./Seven Lakes) and center Allie Tuttle (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek).
“We’re thrilled to be adding four student-athletes that demonstrate excellence both on the court and in the classroom,” said McKeown, now in his fifth season at the helm for the Wildcats. “Our staff did a tremendous job of recruiting across the country, and have found four talented players that will continue to build upon the momentum we’ve generated as a program.”
The four-player class was ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten, and No. 22 in the nation, by a national recruiting publication.
Coffey, a 6-foot-1 forward from Minneapolis, was ranked as the No. 24 prospect in the country and No. 8 at her position by ESPN. The same outlet rated Inman, a 5-foot-9 Texan hailing from the Houston suburb of Katy, as the 15th-best guard in the nation. The 6-foot-4 Tuttle averaged 15.1 points per game last year to lead the Panther Creek Catamounts in scoring. Deary, a 5-foot-4 floor general, averaged 18 points, four assists, five steals and four rebounds per game last season at Texas’ Flower Mound High School.
Complete bios on each of the signees follow.
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
High School: Hopkins
High School: No. 1 ranked recruit out of Minnesota in the class of 2013 … Tabbed No. 24 nationwide and No. 8 at her position by ESPN … Helped lead Hopkins to three Minnesota state championships and looks to lead the team to another during her senior season in 2012-13 ... Two-time All-Lake Conference (2011, 2012) … 2012 Minneapolis Star Tribune All-Metro First Team … 2012 AP All-State … 2012 All-State Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association … Leading scorer and rebounder on state championship squads … Named to the All-Tournament Team following the 2011 and 2012 Minnesota state championships … Two-time section and Lake Conference Champions … 2011 & 2012 Defensive Player of the Year … Two-year captain … 2012 USA Basketball Women’s U-17 invitation only invitee … 2011 USA Basketball Women’s U-16 alternate … Also played a year of volleyball … Ran on the varsity track team as a seventh-grader and competed in the state meet … National Junior Olympics Track silver medalist in the 100 & 200-meter dash … Two-time Distinguished Academic Achievement Award winner.
Personal: Born Nia Coffey ... Daughter of Sheba and Richard Coffey ... Sister, Sydney, plays basketball at Marist College … Anticipated major is mechanical engineering.
Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas
High School: Flower Mound
High School: Four-year varsity letterwinner … Averaged 18 points, four assists, five steals and four rebounds per game as a junior … Ranked 15th best player in the state of Texas and top-20 point guard in the nation by Texas Basketball Report … 2012 District 8 5A Offensive Player of the Year … Two-time District 8-5A First Team All-District as a sophomore and junior … 2012 First Team All-Vype (All-North Texas) … 2012 TABC All-Region Team (Region 1-5A) … Team MVP as a junior … Two-time team captain … Named team Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman and sophomore … Varsity starter as a freshman … Participated in the Nike Skills Academy in May 2012 … Had two 30-point outbursts as a junior and senior … School record for most steals in a game, most assists in a game and registered a triple-double of 30 points, 10 assists and 12 steals in January, 2012 … Played AAU for Westside Elite (2009-10) & Cyfair Micheks (2011-12) … AAU teams won multiple tournaments, including 2011 Nike U-15 Nationals … Three-time Academic All-District … Four-year honor roll … Member of the National Honor Society … Recipient of AP Scholar Award her junior year … Played against fellow NU signee Christen Inman and current Wildcat Maggie Lyon … Also ran varsity track as a freshman.
Personal: Born Ashley Nicole Deary ... Daughter of Kim and Vaughn Deary ... Father, Vaughn, played running back and wide receiver for Texas State and was an all-conference wide receiver as a senior … Plans to major in learning and organizational change.
Hometown: Katy, Texas
High School: Seven Lakes
High School: Ranked No. 2 in the state by Premier Basketball Report … Tabbed 64th nationally and 15th-best guard by ESPN Hoopgurlz … 2012 TGCA All-State honoree … 2010 & 2012 TABC First Team All-Region … Three-time 19-5A First Team All-District (2010-12) … 2012 19-5A Most Valuable Player … Four-year varsity letterwinner and three-year captain (sophomore-senior seasons) … Has a three-year total of 1,776 points, 330 steals, 280 assists, 90 blocks … Holds 15 school records … Three-time Houston Chronicle Honor Roll recipient … Ranked No. 1 in the class of 2013 by VYPE Magazine … Led Seven Lakes High School to first-ever 19-5A District Championship … Eclipsed the 30-point mark twice in her career … Participated in Nike Skills Camp three consecutive years (2010-12) … Played AAU for Triple D Hoops/CyFair Nike Elite … Played AAU basketball against fellow NU signee Ashley Deary … Three-time Academic All-District honoree … Currently in the top six percent of her high school class … College Board AP Scholar in 2012.
Personal: Born Christen Angele Inman … Daughter of April and Chris Inman … Uncle Albert Clark played professional football from 1971-76 with the Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams … Plays the piano and performs at recitals … Active in the Katy community, with involvement in Jack and Jill of America’s Katy-Prairie View Chapter (organization which provides social, cultural and educational opportunities for youth ages 2-19) … Held leadership positions with the Star Chapter of the National Charity League … Intends to major in economics and psychology at Northwestern.
Hometown: Cary, N.C.
High School: Panther Creek
High School: Averaged 15.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.2 blocks and 2.3 assists per game as a junior … Led the Catamounts in scoring … Four-year varsity letterwinner and starter … First Team All-Conference … All-District honoree … Team MVP … Has two career triple-doubles (points, rebounds, blocks) … First player in school history to record a triple-double … Played AAU for Team Carolina … National Honor Society member … Honor Roll recipient … Tri-9 Academic All-Conference honoree … AP Scholar with Honors award winner … World History Excellence Award winner.
Personal: Born Alexandra Macy Tuttle … Daughter of Jennifer and Patrick Tuttle … Intends to major in biological sciences at Northwestern.
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