University at Buffalo women's basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack envisions prized Western New York recruit Summer Hemphill as another addition to the vaunted Bulls' defense.
Hemphill, a first-team Buffalo News all-WNY pick from Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda, signed a letter of intent to commit to UB last week.
"We are very excited to have Summer Hemphill join our UB family," Legette-Jack said. "She will bring athleticism, work ethic, energy, and speed to our post position. We see her at the point of our press causing havoc, in the back of our match-up with her lateral quickness, and on the receiving end of our transition. It is a thrill to have another local great talent stay home and help us build UB women's basketball into, arguably, the best women's basketball team in Western New York."
The 6-foot-1 Hemphill is the second addition of the spring for the UB women. Previously, UB added University of Massachusetts transfer Cierra Dillard, a Rochester native who will sit out a season.
Hemphill averaged 16.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.1 steals a game in leading O'Hara to a 23-3 record and a Monsignor Martin Association championship. She was rated a three-star recruit by ESPN. She was a third-team all-WNYer as a junior and was a four-year team captain. She also played volleyball and track.
UB graduates only one senior from its Mid-American Conference championship team.
Dillard, a 5-9 guard, figures to be a big-impact player when she becomes eligible in 2017-18. She led UMass and ranked sixth in the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring last season by averaging 15.5 points a game. She also averaged 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals.
"Cierra Dillard is a program changer and the impact that she will have on our team will be immediate," said Legette-Jack. "She is a combo guard that is strong enough to post up smaller guards and her basketball IQ and love for the game are immeasurable."