GOLDEN – Colorado School of Mines first-year head women's basketball coach Brittany Simpson announced the recent signing of two senior student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the NCAA's early signing period.
Joining the Orediggers for the 2013-14 slate from the Class of 2013 are Caitlyn Smith and Laura Tyree.
Smith, a 6-0 forward from Legacy High School and native of Thornton, led the Lightning to the Colorado 5A State Championship, earning Honorable Mention All-State laurels as a junior in 2012. Along with lettering in basketball all four years, Smith was a two-year letterwinner in volleyball at LHS. For her work away from the hardwood, Smith was named First Team Academic All-State two times for both basketball and volleyball and was a member of the National Honor Society.
"We are thrilled about Caitlyn coming to Mines," said Simpson. "Caitlyn is one of those kids that every program needs; she works hard and is very coachable. She will add a great dimension to our team."
Tyree, a 5-6 guard from D'Evelyn Junior/Senior High in nearby Lakewood, was named to the 4A All-State Second Team and 4A All-Tournament Team last season as a junior after leading the Jaguars to a school-record 23-4 overall mark, the first league championship in program history and a runner-up finish at the Class 4A State Championships.
A team co-captain the past two seasons, Tyree has twice earned First Team All-Jefferson County League recognition and was the only underclassmen to receive the honor in 2011. She was named to the Steamboat Shootout All-Tournament Team in 2009 and 2010 as well as a U.S. Junior Nationals All-Star with the Colorado Basketball Club in the summers of 2010 and 2012.
"Laura will be a great addition to our program here at Mines," said Simpson. "She has great basketball instinct and she works very hard at her game. We are very excited about the immediate impact Laura can have for us. "
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