Amy Patton of Tempe McClintock and Tyler Stephens-Jenkins of Phoenix St. Mary’s have signed letters of intent to play basketball at Northern Arizona University.
Patton, a 5-foot-9 guard, was the Tribune’s Player of the Year as a junior, when she averaged 24.6 points and 12.2 rebounds per game for the Chargers. McClintock, which was 23-71 in the four years prior to Patton’s arrival in 2006, has since gone 72-23 including a 25-5 mark last year.
Patton was also named the Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year last season.
“We are very excited to get Amy,” NAU coach Laurie Kelly said. “Obviously, to get the Gatorade Player of the Year out of the state of Arizona is just great for NAU. She can really shoot the ball, is good off the dribble, rebounds really well for her size — she’s just a gem.
“She’s a difference-maker. There are a lot of good basketball players, but to go into a program and make the program better, and elevate the level of everyone around you — it’s rare to see that. She’s been able to do that.”
Stephens-Jenkins, a 5-foot-11 guard from perennial power St. Mary’s, averaged 10.2 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks per game as a junior last year. She earned first team all-region honors and led her team to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.
“Tyler is coming out of one of the top high school programs in the state of Arizona,” said Kelly, “and that’s really exciting for us. She’s extremely athletic, can play great defense, and is also a really good scorer. She has a great jump shot, she slashes and gets to the rim, and is very strong on the glass for a perimeter player.”
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