March 26, 2012
Morgan Batey signs her National Letter of Intent (Buckhead Patch).
Morgan Batey and Jasmine Jenkins, two members of the incoming Vanderbilt women's basketball class, have been invited to participate in the 2012 American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships.
The event will air on CBS during the network's coverage of the NCAA Men's Final Four this weekend on Sunday, April 1, at 3:30 p.m. CT. The live event takes place on Friday, March 30, at the Alario Center in New Orleans, La., as part of the Final Four festivities and is hosted by Intersport.
"Morgan and Jasmine had outstanding senior seasons and are very deserving of this honor," Vanderbilt Head Coach Melanie Balcomb said. "They are tremendous role models on and off the court and we are excited not only that they will be representing us in this competition, but for the next four years at Vanderbilt."
The pair from Georgia has already signed their National Letters of Intent to begin at Vanderbilt this fall and will be part of a six-person freshman class for the 2012-13 year that is ranked No. 24 by ESPN.com's Hoopgurlz.
Batey is a native of Atlanta, Ga., and attends Pace Academy. She led Pace to the Georgia Class A finals as a junior, pulling down a state-record 462 rebounds during the year and earning Class A Player of the Year honors. As a senior, she was a team captain and helped Pace to a 21-7 record. Batey is the No. 54 prospect in the nation according to Hoopgurlz, as well as the 21st-ranked guard in the class.
Jenkins is ranked No. 86 in the class according to Hoopgurlz and is ranked as the No. 13 point guard in the class. The Gainesville, Ga., native attends East Hall High School and was recently named the Gainesville Times' Girls Basketball Player of the Year. As a senior, she averaged 16.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. She helped lead East Hall to a regional championship this year.
The duo will be joined in Nashville by Heather Bowe (Eau Claire, Wis.), Kristen Gaffney (Cary, N.C.), Rayte'a Long (Dayton, Ohio) and Kendall Shaw (Mont Belvieu, Texas). For more on the class, read the signing day release (Nov. 9, 2011).
They will join a Commodore team that went 23-10 this past season, reaching the NCAA Tournament for the 13th-straight season. Vanderbilt returns 10 of 11 players, including its top-seven scorers.