By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON - Rice University head women's basketball coach Tina Langley announced the signing of Gabby Ozoude (Bellbrook, OH, Bellbrook HS) to a National Letter of Intent for 2016-17 on Friday. The 6'2" post becomes the third member of the incoming Owls' class.
"We are so excited to welcome Gabby Ozoude to the Rice family," Langley said. "Gabby is a naturally gifted athlete with an extremely high ceiling. She has only been playing basketball for a short time, and has already learned how to affect the game in so many areas; rebounding, defending, blocking shots, running in transition, and finishing at the rim. Her length and athleticism will give us a strong presence in the paint, and help us become a more dominate rebounding team."
Ozoude was named the Division II girls high school basketball tri-player of the year by the Associated Press in March following a senior campaign in which she averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. The Golden Eagles went 26-1 on the season, advancing to the regional semifinal.
Ozoude also garnered all-state honors and was selected the Southwest District Player of the Year, while also being named first-team all-southwest district and first-team all-league.
Gabby Ozoude on Rice
"Houston is a great city with many opportunities. Rice is a great college that sets you up for future opportunities. Along this recruiting journey I observed many schools. At some, I saw established programs. At Rice, I saw the potential of what we could be. I want to be a part of that."
Bellbrook HS Head Coach Jason Tincher on Ozoude
"Gabby was easily the most athletic player I've ever coached. Her physical abilities were so intriguing to witness every day. However, with all her physical talents she always put her team first and by doing so she set a great example for our younger players. Gabby felt strongly about going to a program that stressed academics along with a basketball program which has a strong family feel as its foundation. I feel she's made a great decision in choosing Rice University."