BATON ROUGE -- LSU women's basketball head coach Van Chancellor has received the National Letter of Intent from Krystal Forthan, one of the nation's most heralded high school prospects, on the first day of the early signing period on Wednesday.
Forthan, a native of Portland, Ore., is ranked as the fifth-best player in America for the Class of 2011 by ESPN HoopGurlz.com. The 6-foot-4 forward will soon begin her senior season at Georgetown (Texas) High School. She now resides in Georgetown, Texas.
"Anytime you sign a player the caliber of Krystal Forthan, you have to be excited," said LSU head coach Van Chancellor. "She has great size and can play inside or outside. She has the kind of athleticism that you need at this level and in the Southeastern Conference. She will be a difference-maker for our team.
"I credit our staff - Travis Mays, Joni Crenshaw and Bob Starkey - for all of their hard work. They have done a tremendous job."
Forthan began her prep career at Grant High School in Portland, Ore., where she averaged 15.1 points per game as a freshman. As a sophomore, she starred at nearby Jefferson High School before moving to the state of Texas.
Forthan sat out her junior season at Georgetown due to Texas high school transfer rules, but she did play for the school's junior varsity team. Forthan, one of the most athletic and rangy players in the nation, will join the Lady Tigers for the 2011-12 season.