UNIVERSITY CENTER, MI – The Saginaw Valley State Women's Basketball team has finalized its 2018 recruiting class, as four prep standouts (2 from MI, 1 from OH and 1 from WI) have officially signed to continue their academic and athletic careers at SVSU.
This year's recruiting class features Maddie Maloney (St. Johns, MI / St. Johns HS), Ashley Buchholz (Omro, WI / Omro HS), Kyndall Spires (Cardington, OH / Cardington-Lincoln HS) and Haley Nelson (Sandusky, MI / Sandusky HS).
"We've been waiting for a long time for this signing day to arrive! Adding Kyndall and Haley in this late period to the 2018 class is exactly what we needed. Having Maddie and Ashley sign in the early class gave us a great start, but we knew we needed to address some size needs and we are excited to add them to the Cardinal family! These four fit all the competitive and academic qualifications we are looking for to move this program forward and have many of the intangibles needed to be successful at the collegiate level" – SVSU Women's Basketball Head Coach Jamie Pewinski
2018 SVSU Women's Basketball Recruiting Class
Kyndall Spires – 6'2 – Post, Cardington-Lincoln H.S., Cardington, OH
Kyndall prepped at Cardington-Lincoln High School in Ohio, where she played basketball and volleyball. She is a four-time All-District 11 honoree and has been named all-conference all four years of competition. The three-year team captain was the MOAC Conference "Player of the Year in her junior season.
"Kyndall brings a winning attitude and a desire to get better to the team. She is a very good rebounder and finishes well around the rim. Kyndall is a team player and is used to playing with other great players around her, so we look forward to seeing how she will mesh with our current roster. She will add some great depth to our post position, which is a huge need for us!" – Coach Pewinski
Haley Nelson – 5'11 – Foward, Sandusky H.S., Sandusky, MI
Haley prepped at Sandusky High School, where she played basketball, softball and volleyball. She earned All-League, All-County and All-Thumb honors three times and was named First Team All-State as a junior and Second Team All-State as a senior. Her sophomore year saw her earn Honorable Mention All-State accolades. She was the Thumb Sportswriters 6th Man of the Year her freshman season and was the Thumb Sportswriters Player of the Year in her sophomore campaign. She was twice named to the BCAM's Best All-State and Academic All-State Team and the BCAM Best Free throw shooter. She excelled in in volleyball and softball as well, earning a trio of All-League, All-County and All-Thumb honors in both sports. The Valedictorian has earned league, county and Thumb all-academic honors all four years.
"Haley will add size and depth at the 3 or 4. She's a smart kid and a student of the game who comes from an outstanding high school program. She has high expectations and is very competitive. Those intangibles are going to help her immensely as she learns the college game." – Coach Pewinski
Maddie Maloney – 5'8 – Guard, St. Johns H.S., St. Johns, MI
Maddie prepped at St. Johns High School, where she participated in basketball, volleyball and track & field. She has been named First Team All-Conference three times for basketball, adding two honorable mention all-state selections and a Lansing State Journal Class A All-Area award twice. She earned BCAM's Best First Team All-State honors her sophomore season. Maloney earned several all-state honors in track & field as well and her team claimed the state championship in her freshman season. She has been named all-conference, all-area and all-region in volleyball as well.
"Maddie will predominantly play the point guard spot for us, but could play some off-guard if needed. She has great court vision and an excellent understanding of the game in general. For someone in high school still, she has an incredible poise and has been extremely successful in running her high school and college teams, which is a testament to her leadership ability. Her excitement for being a Cardinal is only outmatched by our excitement to officially add her into our family" – Coach Pewinski
Ashley Buchholz – 5'9 – Guard, Omro H.S., Omro, WI
Ashley prepped at Omro High School in Wisconsin, where she participated in basketball, volleyball and track & field. She earned first team all-conference honors for basketball her junior season and second team plaudits in her sophomore campaign. She was named all-conference in volleyball as well.
"Ashley's greatest strength is her competitiveness. She wants to perform at a high level against the best players. Her skill level on both ends of the floor is exceptional and we can't wait to add that to our roster. Ashley too has a high basketball IQ and has a passion for the game and she will fit into our system perfectly." – Coach Pewinski
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