Nov. 14, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State head women's basketball coach Gordy Presnell announced today that Joyce Harrell (Seattle, Wash.) and Jordan Tully (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) have sign National Letters of Intent to play for the Broncos in 2015-16. Both are standouts in their respective regions and a accomplished prep stars.
"I am excited about both of these kids coming to Boise State, they are both talented and highly skill athletes," said Presnell. "We will need them to contribute early next year after we lose Deanna (Weaver), Kinzi (Poteet), Camille (Redmon) to graduation next spring. I am really pleased that they both decided to be Broncos."
Joyce Harrell is currently a senior at Cleveland High School in Seattle, Wash., where she has been a member of back-to-back 3A state championship teams. Harrell an athletic 6-foot forward, that can play multiple positions, earned first-team All-Metro League honors as a junior and honorable mention recognition as a sophomore.
As a junior last year, Harrell helped the Eagles to a 27-2 overall record and a perfect 16-0 conference mark, as well as region and state tournament title runs. Harrell played a roll in CHS' 2014 state title by scoring 10 points with 12 rebounds during the teams championship game victory. Statistically Harrell averaged 12 points, 11 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game during her junior year. During her sophomore campaign she averaged nine points and 10 boards. She plays club ball for Tree of Hope in Seattle where her team lost only two games last year and advanced to the championship game of the Nike National championship.
"She's an amazing person first of all. But she has a ton of untapped greatness within," said Stephanie Wheeler-Smith, Harrell's former high school coach who is now the director of operations at Oregon. "She can shoot, handle the ball in the open court and her post moves are stellar. She will be a great addition to your team and an impact player for sure!!"
"Joyce has had a great career at Cleveland High School, they have won back-to-back state championships in Washington," said Presnell. "We are very fortunate to have her turn in a national letter of intent. We are excited about all the things she can give us with the ability to play multiple positions, she is long and athletic. Joyce comes from just a fantastic family and I am real happy that she is going to be a Bronco."
Jordan Tully is from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where she is a standout in the youth ranks. Tully is 6-foot-2 and can play anywhere from the point guard to forward positions. She is one of the top prep talents in Canada and is currently ranked as the No. 15 player in the country for the class of 2015. Tully has represented the province of Manitoba for the last five years, two as team captain, at the Canadian national championships. This past year she burst onto the scene at the national tournament by averaging 15.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Her performance at the competition not only helped Manitoba to the national championship, but earned Tully the tournament's Most Valuable Player honors as well.
She is a four-year member and three-year starter for the Oak Park High School Raiders where she averaged 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals per game last year garnering first-team all-conference and all-Manitoba (all-state) honors. She was named either the MVP or to the all-star team in four-of-five tournaments as a junior. As a sophomore in 2012-13 Tully scored 13 points per game to go with six rebounds, 3.5 assists and three steals per contest. She is also a standout student being named to the Academic Honor Roll the last two years.
"We re excited about Jordan coming to Boise State, she has had a wonderful high school career and has done alot on the national scene in Canada. She will play both post positions with her size and length, as she is an extremely skilled and versatile athlete who can dominate the post. As the 15th ranked player in Canada she has the capability to contribute immediately."