BATON ROUGE -- LSU women's basketball head coach Nikki Caldwell has received the National Letters of Intent from two talented student-athletes as part of the NCAA early signing period, it was announced on Wednesday.
Raigyne Moncrief, a 5-foot-10 guard from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Jasmine Rhodes, a 5-foot-10 wing player from Mobile, Ala., will be eligible to play for the LSU Lady Tigers for the 2013-14 season.
"We are extremely excited about the signing of Raigyne Moncrief and Jasmine Rhodes," said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. "The two of them are not only exceptional athletes but more importantly, they are exceptional people. They will bring a lot of leadership qualities, hard work and a lot of intensity to our team."
Moncrief is ranked the No. 18 overall player in America by ESPN Hoop Gurlz, and she is the highest ranked guard signee for LSU since Allison Hightower, who was tabbed as the No. 6 player in the Class of 2006.
"Raigyne is one of those players who is very unselfish," said Caldwell. "She's a person that when you see her play, you can see her passion and her work ethic on both ends of the floor. She's someone who is a tremendous defensive player that can change the tempo of the game with her intensity and athleticism."
A five-star guard and excellent defender, Moncrief hails from American Heritage High School in Florida, the same school that produced current LSU senior Bianca Lutley. Moncrief was selected first team All-Broward County in her sophomore and junior seasons. She is considered to be the No. 6 ranked guard in the country by ESPN Hoop Gurlz.
As a junior, she averaged 14.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 5.0 steals per game in leading the Patriots to a 19-9 record. The Patriots finished the season ranked No. 2 in Class 5A. She's also spent the last two summers playing with elite high school talent in South Florida as a member of the traveling Miami Suns.
Rhodes will come to LSU as one of the top prospects in the state of Alabama and one of the top-15 wing players in the country as rated by ESPN Hoop Gurlz. Rhodes averaged 20.1 points and 8.4 rebounds as a junior at Faith Academy, which spent most of the season ranked No. 1 in Class 5A and advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in four years. For her efforts, she was named Mobile Press Register Player of the Year.
"Jasmine has a toughness about her," said Caldwell. "She can play multiple positions, and she will bring an intensity to the game through her ability to defend and rebound. She's a smart basketball player who knows how to win."
Rhodes is considered to be the city of Mobile's most highly recruited prospect in years. In five varsity seasons, she has scored 1,810 points and grabbed 971 rebounds.