HOUSTON – Rice University head women’s basketball coach Tina Langley announced the signing of Temi Alao (Allen, Texas, Allen HS) to a National Letter of Intent for 2017-18 on Wednesday. The 5’10” forward becomes the third and final member of the incoming Rice class.
“We are thrilled to have Temi Alao complete our 2017 class,” Rice head coach Tina Langley said. “Temi is a tremendous young lady with a huge heart and a passion for learning. She comes from a wonderful family who has instilled the value of education and hard work. Her character and drive for excellence in the classroom and on the court will make her a perfect fit for our Rice family.”
Temi Alao --5-10 -- Forward
Hometown: Allen, Texas
High School: Allen High School (Teresa Durham)
AAU Team: Texas Elite Adidas (Joey Simmons)
Alao was named the 2016-17 District 6-6A Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 12.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game her senior season for the Allen Lady Eagles. In addition, Alao also earned TABC 6A Region I All-Region First Team honors her senior year. Prior to her senior campaign, Alao garnered District 6-6A Second Team honors in 2015 and 2014 and was the District 10-5A Sixth Man of the Year as a freshman.
Temi Alao on Rice
“I chose Rice because, academically, it’s the best school in Texas. Academics are of course always number one and very vital towards my future, no matter what direction I decide to go after school. I want to be a part of making a positive difference in the Rice women’s basketball program. I’m very blessed and excited to be coached by Coach Langley and her staff. I can’t wait to play!”
Tina Langley on Alao
“Temi is extremely athletic and her potential is limitless,” said Langley. “She runs the floor with ease and will fit perfectly into our transition game. She has tremendous leaping ability, which allows her to block shots and dominate on the boards. Temi also plays with great power and strength in the low block, which gives her the ability to finish through contact and defend bigger players in the post.”
Joey Simmons, AAU Coach Texas Elite Adidas
“Temi was a big part of our super 64 national championship team and our Adidas national final four team. She is a great athlete with a lot of potential to get even better. Temi runs the floor well and gets on the boards extremely well. I feel like she will be a big addition for Rice in the near future.”
Teresa Durham, Allen HS Head Coach
“Temi is one of the most explosive players I’ve ever coached. She is super strong and powerful when she goes to the basket. She is a force to be dealt with. Many of our opponents are glad to see her graduate!”