JUCO guard McGee officially signs with Lady Tops

Note from Zach: I previously wrote in this post that Bianca McGee signed with WKU while still on campus. McGee contacted me Sunday to clarify – because of NCAA rules – that she signed after leaving campus, but before leaving Kentucky.

Kilgore College (Texas) rising junior Bianca McGee has signed her letter of intent to play for the Western Kentucky women’s basketball program, the guard confirmed Saturday.

The 5-foot, 7-inch McGee took her official visit to WKU this weekend and signed with the program before leaving Kentucky, she said. She’s new coach Michelle Clark-Heard’s first commitment of the spring.

McGee said she was previously being recruited by new WKU assistant Margaret Richards while Richards was in the same position at Weber State.

“They treat you like family, and I was treated really well by everyone there,” McGee said on the way back from her visit. “Their facilities are very nice, and I met the president (Gary Ransdell). Meeting the president of the university was great.

“It was a great visit. Nothing went wrong, nothing at all.”

McGee, who’s from Michigan City, Ind., originally committed to Eastern Illinois out of high school before attending Kilgore. She averaged 12.9 points, five rebounds and 3.4 assists at the junior college last season.

McGee shot 36 percent from the field as a sophomore, 30 percent from 3-point range and 83 percent from the free-throw line.

“I’m a combo guard,” McGee said. “I can handle the ball a little bit and run the point, but I like to shoot. I love to play defense, compete and win, no matter what it takes to do that.”

McGee joins Green County senior guard Micah Jones and Jeffersonville (Ind.) High School forward Jalynn McClain in the Lady Toppers’ 2012 class.

WKU still has three available scholarships for next season.

“Coach made it clear that I’m going to be one of the older girls on the team – maybe the oldest – so she wants me to be a leader, and that’s where it’s going to start,” McGee said.

Other confirmed targets for the Lady Toppers include Manual senior guard LeAsia Wright, Perry County Central senior guard Kendall Noble and Walters State CC (Tenn.) rising junior forward Portia Durrett.

The Courier-Journal reported Friday that Noble will visit WKU on Monday and make her decision next week.

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