Options abound: Mesa’s new recruiting class gives women’s coach choices
Roger Walters signed two more players in his first true recruiting class than he had on the active roster at the end of his first season as Mesa State College’s women’s basketball coach.
And when he talks about the nine new Mavericks, he can’t help but grin.
“The cool thing is we have options and we didn’t quite have that (this past season),” Walters said Thursday. “We’ll be able to fit whatever we can do best with this group, and I think we can do a lot of things.”
The main thing Walters wants to do is win. The Mavs did that only eight times last season.
The two linchpins of the class are the Selsor sisters from Glenwood Springs. Sharaya has been at Mesa State for a year, sitting out after transferring from Metro State.
Her sister, Katrina, is transferring from CSU-Pueblo, where she was the MVP of the RMAC Shootout.
The 6-foot-1 sophomore is moving back to the Western Slope to be closer to her family. The girls’ father, John, has a kidney ailment and will need dialysis, which he’ll have in Grand Junction.
“It is bittersweet,” said Walters, who has known the Selsors for several years. “She’s a special kid and we’re just lucky to have her. It’ll sure help us. How many times do you get a kid who can play the one, two, three, four or five? She’s that good.
“They’re such a tight-knit family and basketball is such a huge part of what they’ve done forever. You just wish the best for J.W. That’s all we want.”
Sharaya, a 5-10 guard, can’t wait to play after sitting a year.
“Raya has improved so much,” Walters said. “It means something to her. I think part of the lure for her was to build the program and put it back on the map.”
Grayson Pipher, 5-10 guard, Paonia High School: “It took about three trips (down the floor) watching her at summer camp to say, ‘I’ve gotta have her.’ She’s my kind of kid. She plays so hard.”
Hannah Bowden, 6-1 center, Montrose High School: “Oh, man. She’s got go-go-gadget arms, super long, really skilled and she finishes around the bucket. She’s a rebounding machine. She’s got all the tools to be a great college player and the mind to do it as well. She’s gonna be special.”
Tara Gehring, 5-9 junior guard, Snow (Utah) College: “Tara finished in the top three in (the conference) in 3-point shooting. She’s an unreal athlete.”
Amy Weitzeil, 6-1 junior center, Snow College: “Amy is phenomenal in the post, she’ll bring us some post presence right away. She’s a double-double waiting to happen every night.”
Kelsey Sigl, 5-11 sophomore forward, Bismarck State College: “She can play facing the basket, put it on the floor, with her back to the basket. She has a knack for putting it in the hole.”
Chrissy Armstrong, 6-1 post, Chatfield High School: “Chrissy averaged 17, 18 points a game and is a real solid kid. She has a good basketball IQ.”
Leanndra Gilbert, 5-10 forward, Mesa Ridge High School: “She’s super-athletic, can jump out of the gym. I think she has their school record for blocked shots and after bringing her on campus and playing with the kids, I know why.”