Nov 13, 2013 3:24 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball team has signed three student athletes for the 2014-15 school year, as announced by head coach Garry Brodhead on Wednesday. Simone Fields (San Antonio, Texas/Judson HS), Alexis Nezianya (Carrolton, Texas/Newman Smith HS) and Cienna Rodriguez-Rivera (Cypress, Texas/Cy Ranch HS), have all signed a National Letter of Intent and will be joining the Ragin' Cajuns for the 2014-15 season.
"The most impressive quality in the Class of 2014 is there character and work ethic," Brodhead said. "We are extremely excited for the community to get to know these very special young ladies. Not only are they talented on the court but off the court, they bring everything we want for our players to bring to the University and more. I'm very proud of our staff and how hard they worked for this recruiting class."
Fields, a 6-0, forward from San Antonio, Texas, averaged 10.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals, and was named to the 25-5A all-district team as a junior. She was also named all-region first team and all-district first team as a sophomore.
Fields played her travel ball in the summer with the Austin-based TeamXpress, the same team that produced current Cajuns forward Jasmin Mills, and was coached by Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil, a two time national player of the year at Texas.
"Simone will give us some much needed size to our program," Brodhead said. "At the post she reminds me of our own Jasmin Mills. She has the ability to score in the paint, with an array of different inside moves, she has great hands and is very agile. On the defense side we feel she will become a main stay in the paint for us in the future as well as a great rebounder."
Nezianya, a 5-11 forward averaged 10.9 points and 7.7 rebounds at Newman Smith, and earned all-district hoops honors, as well as volleyball honors. She was named to the 2014 "Players to Watch List" by Premier Basketball Media, a high school basketball scouting service.
Nezianya comes from a very athletic family and will be the fourth member of her family to be a college athlete. Her older sister Kim plays basketball at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her uncle, Ben Nezianya, ran track at LSU and her aunt Gloria Nezianya at Southern.
"Alexis is a very gifted athlete, that will come in and fit our system," Brodhead mentioned. "She is what we call a true Hybrid, a mixture of a guard and a forward. She has the ability to score, rebound and defend. Her ability to work hard will be a big plus in her developing into the player will expect her to become."
Rodriguez-Rivera, a 5-6 point guard finished her junior season ranked sixth in the state of Texas with 6.8 assists per game, earning all-district laurels. She hlepd lead her team to a 29-8 record and to the second round of the UIL Playoffs.
She was ranked as the 38th best point guard in the recruiting class by ESPNHoopGurlz, and a three-star recruit and was named on the Class of 2014 Top 100 Player Watch List.
"Cienna is a true point guard, extremely heady player," Brodhead said. "She will help bring a different dimension to the point guard position for us next year. She is extremely versatile not only does she have the ability to score but has the ability to create for others around her. She is also very tough and aggressive in her style of play, along with her ability to out work other players really excites our whole staff."
All three players will join the Cajuns in the fall for the 2014-15 women's basketball season.
The Ragin' Cajuns continue their 2013-14 season on Friday when they travel to Huntsville, Texas to take on Sam Houston State at 11:30 a.m. They will return home to the Cajundome on Wednesday, Nov. 20 when they take on Lamar at 7:00 p.m.