Coach Karl Smesko
FORT MYERS, Fla. - FGCU women's basketball head coach Karl Smesko announced that three players have signed National Letters of Intent to attend FGCU next fall and play for the 2008-09 Eagle basketball team.
The signees are 5-8 guard Kelsey Jacobson from Barnesville, Minn., 5-11 forward Kristina Mingos from Kansas City, Kan., and 5-11 forward Sandra Sormaz from Kovin, Serbia.
“This is a strong group,” Smesko said. “They are all excellent students who are also bright basketball players. They all can play more than one position, and they all have good skills. If they arrive in shape and hit the weights, I expect all three will contribute a great deal next season."
Jacobson, averaged 16.8 points, 4.8 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 38.0% from behind the three-point line at Moorhead High School. Jacobson has scored 1,275 points in her first three years of high school. As a sophomore at Barnesville High School, Jacobson set the Minnesota state record for three-pointers in a season (111).
“Kelsey is known for her outstanding shooting,” said Smesko. “She works hard to be a complete player. Kelsey’s a player who isn’t afraid to work. In fact, she enjoys it.”
Mingos, who is a four-year varsity basketball letter-winner at Pembroke High School, has also earned varsity letters in both golf and track & field. Mingos is a three-time first-team All-State selection and has also led her team to two state championships.
“Kristina is an excellent wing,” said Smesko. “She is a smart player who will fit perfectly in our system. She can handle the ball, shoot, cut, rebound – basically whatever you need her to do.”
Sormaz, who plays for Colby Community College in Colby, Kan., is currently averaging 16.5 points and 3.8 rebounds for the Trojans. Sormaz is also shooting 45.1% from the field and 40.9% from behind the three-point line.
“Sormaz is a gifted offensive player,” said Smesko. “She reads defense well and is a great shooter. She will be a tough match-up for opponents.”
The Eagles will be back in action on Nov. 23 when they host Central Connecticut State in the second game of the FGCU Thanksgiving Classic at 7 p.m. in Alico Arena.