Women’s Basketball Signs Pair of Prep Standouts to NLIs

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara women's basketball program has signed Onome Jemerigbe (St. Mary's High School) and Mi'Chael Wright (Chaminade High School) to National Letters of Intent, head coach Carlene Mitchell announced Wednesday afternoon.

"With our second recruiting class at UCSB, we have no doubt that we have signed two players that will make an immediate impact on our program," Mitchell said. "Both student-athletes know how to win and come from well-coached, successful programs. In our recruiting model, these factors are just as important as their skill set."

Jemerigbe, a Stockton native, is a 5-5 guard that has helped lead St. Mary's to consecutive State titles during her freshman and sophomore campaigns. The standout has helped the Rams to a top-10 ranking in each of her four years with the team. She is ranked No. 9 in the NorCal Prep top-10 and is rated as a four-star prospect. Jemerigbe also plays with the Cal Sparks NorCal program. Her older sister, Afure, currently plays for Cal.

"Onome is the ultimate point guard that we made a priority to sign," Mitchell said. "With her speed and quickness, she has the ability to control a game on both ends of the floor. She is a fearless competitor that willed her Cal Sparks NorCal AAU team to countless wins throughout the summer while playing for Michelle Massari.

"St. Mary's, which is coached by Tom Gonsalves, is one of the most respected programs in the country and it plays elite competition each night."

Wright is a 5-11 forward that currently plays for Chaminade High School. She helped the Eagles to a 24-5 record during her junior campaign while averaging 10 points and 12 rebounds per game. Wright was chosen to play in the 2013 Area All-Star game and was a Daily News Preseason All-Area selection.

"Mi'Chael is a versatile forward that has a knack for scoring," Mitchell said. "We feel that we found a hidden gem in Mikk. The work ethic and energy that she brings to the court are intangibles that make every team better. She can knock down the three-pointer, post smaller forwards and gives us the versatility to play multiple positions."

Jemerigbe and Wright will join the Gauchos for the 2013-14 campaign.

"Mikk and O are amazing women, on and off the court," Mitchell said. "They have the work ethic and discipline necessary to be great student-athletes and to serve as ambassadors to our University."

UCSB hosts its official 2012-13 home opener tonight against New Mexico State in the Thunderdome. Season tickets and single game tickets for women's basketball are available at the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB (8272) or online by clicking here.

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