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WBK | Gaels Sign Three Dominant Guards

(From left to right) The Saint Mary's women's basketball team signed Milly Yates, Taycee Wedin and Sam Simons to National Letters of Intent for 2018-19.
Nov. 13, 2017

MORAGA, Calif. — Three dominant preps have signed National Letters of Intent to play with the Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team starting in 2018-19, as the Gaels announced Monday the signing of Taycee Wedin (Milwaukie, Ore.), Samantha Simons (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia) and Millicent Yates (Sydney).

TAYCEE WEDIN – Guard (Milwaukie, Ore./La Salle HS)

Wedin is a 5-foot, 9-inch guard out of powerhouse La Salle High School in Milwaukie, Ore., where she has been the Falcons’ leading scorer for three straight years. Wedin, a three-time all-state and first team all-Northwest Oregon Conference honoree, has been the go-to player her entire career at La Salle High, one of the most dominant programs in the entire Beaver State. Since Wedin arrived, the Falcons have won two Oregon School Activities Association 5A state championships (2014-15, ’16-’17) and three straight Northwest Oregon Conference titles.

Taycee Wedin
Taycee Wedin
Wedin is a dangerous scorer with a career average of 18.5 points per game. She is lethal from behind the 3-point arc, where she has shot 39 percent with 256 treys in her career. Wedin could reach the 2,000 career points mark in her senior season this year just by scoring the fewest season points of her high school career. She needs 446 points after scoring 492, 533 and 529 in her first three years.

Wedin can also handle the basketball, averaging 2.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game in her career. She will fit right into the Gaels’ strength of getting to the free-throw line with a career 88 percent free-throw percentage.

“We are very excited to have Taycee join our women’s basketball program,” said Saint Mary’s head coach Paul Thomas. “First and foremost, Taycee is a wonderful person that comes from an incredible family. On the court, she could be one of the best 3-point shooters on the West Coast. She will help the Gaels maintain the high level of play expected each year.”

SAM SIMONS – Guard (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia/UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra)

The 6-2 guard Simons has collected an immense amount of national and international experience in Australia, where she has been a key member of the Under-17 and U-19 national teams since 2015. Her versatility as a player has shown in all four of her appearances at the Australia national junior championships, where she’s played with her South Australia U-16 and U-18 teams.

In four appearances at her country’s national junior championships, she has averaged no less than 14.8 points per game. Twice she averaged at least 6.8 rebounds per game and has always put up at least 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game. This year she impressed with 4.5 assists and 3.6 steals per contest while scoring 17.0 ppg. South Australia teams have won a gold and two silvers with Simons on the roster.

She won a world championships gold medal with the U-17 “Sapphires” national team in 2016 in Zaragoza, Spain. She played again in the world championships this summer, competing with the U-19 “Gems” national team in Udine, Italy.

“We are thrilled to announce the signing of Sam,” said Thomas. “She comes from a basketball family and grew up in the sport. She is a very long guard that has many skills on the offensive end of the floor.”

MILLY YATES – Guard (Sydney/SCECGS Redlands)

Yates, a 5-10 guard out of Sydney, has also been a strong presence on the national scene in Australia. She has been a member of the New South Wales state team for five years, serving as a co-captain for the U-18 squad. She has already collected four state championships, and in 2016 won an all schools national championship. That year, she averaged 14.4 points per game.

“Milly is an outstanding young lady who comes from a very good family,” said Thomas. “She committed to the Gaels very early and will be joining our team in January. She will provide depth at the wing position.”
 

 

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