MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State women's basketball second-year head coach Brady Sallee announced the signing of three players to national letters of intent.
Moriah Monaco (Dover, Ohio/Dover HS), Khadijah Moore (Elkhart, Ind./Elkhart Memorial HS) and Brionna Simond (Milwaukee, Wis./Riverside University HS) have each signed NLI’s to play basketball at Ball State.
“Building off our class from last year, I think this year's group takes it to another level”, said Sallee. In Moriah, Khadijah and Bri, we have added skill, length and athleticism and a ton of character.”
One of two wing players coming to Ball State in 2014-15, Monaco comes from Dover High School where she averages 19.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.3 assists. For the last three years the 6-foot-1 player has been named First Team East Central Ohio League and has been an All-Eastern District selection. As a junior, Monaco received Second Team All-Ohio honors. Heading into Monaco's senior season she has already scored over 1,000 points. Monaco is a two-sport athlete who also plays volleyball, earning First Team East Central Ohio and Eastern District honors for two years. She is expected to end her high school career as a four-year letterwinner in basketball and volleyball.
“The first thing you notice is Moriah's ability to shoot the ball but you quickly see an eye-popping versatility that will make her a match-up nightmare. Moriah will be an absolute stat stuffer during her time in Muncie!”
Moore, a 5'11 wing player from Elkhart High School, averaged 14.7 points and 8.8 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field and, leading the team in all three categories. She is a four year starter that has earned First Team All-Northern Indiana Conference honors as a sophomore and junior. Moore was tabbed most valuable player her junior season for the Blazers. As a junior, Moore received honorable mention on the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association All-State team. She has helped Elkhart High School win two sectionals and make it to the Sweet 16 two out of her three years. Khadijah was ranked 114 nationally according to Blue Star Basketball Report.
“Khadijah, simply put, is a player! She is one of the best in Indiana and a player that with the ball in her hands, can't be stopped. She is strong, athletic and long with an ability to shoot it from deep. Khadijah is a game-changer for sure.”
Simond, a 5'6 guard from Riverside University High School, has played AAU basketball with the Playground Elite under head coach Jeff Smith since the sixth grade. Simond started her high school career at Dominican High School as a freshman playing varsity. She helped the Lady Knights compete for the state championship before transferring to Riverside. As a sophomore, Simond scored a career high 24 points against Chicago's top high school Montini. She ended her sophomore season averaging 12.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Simond made the all-area conference team and was selected to the USJN All- Star squad as a sophomore. She helped Riverside win the state title as a junior. A four year letterwinner, Simond is one of the top 50 seniors in the state of Wisconsin, according to wissports.net and was ranked in the top 100 by Midwest recruiting report. Simond is a four year honor roll student.
“Bri is quick on quick! She is a playmaker and can dominate a game on the defensive end of the floor. What separates her from others, in my mind is her leadership abilities. I can't wait to coach Bri!”