The Louisiana women's basketball team added another verbal commitment from Texas
on Wednesday in Simone Fields
, a 5-foot-11 senior forward from Judson High School in the San Antonio suburb of Converse.
Fields spoke with the Cajun Redzone about her commitment Thursday.
"I just like Louisiana, period, and how everyone is so friendly there," Fields said. "I like the coaching staff because they're straight up with you. The girls on the team are really nice. I like the environment there, and they have the major (computer science) I want."
Fields claims offers from the Cajuns and New Mexico State
and interest from Michigan
and St. Mary's University in Texas. The Cajuns and New Mexico State both received official visits.
"We went to the football game (Sept. 14 against Nicholls State), and I really liked the campus and how they supported their sports," Fields said of her trip to Louisiana. "I felt like I was part of their family, and I liked that feeling, too."
Last season Fields made the All-District 25-5A first team after averaging 10.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals and shooting 59 percent from the floor for her 25-10 squad. She was third in the district in blocks and fourth in scoring and rebounding.
As a sophomore Fields earned all-region first team and all-district first team honors. She was second in the district in rebounds (7.6 rpg) and blocks (1 bpg) and fourth in scoring (11.3 ppg) and steals (2.7 spg) as Judson finished 25-9.
Fields played travel ball in July for Austin-based TeamXpress – the same team that produced current Cajuns forward Jasmin Mills. Her coach was Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil, who was a two-time National Player of the Year at the University of Texas and inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
"Simone is a real high-energy player and a great defender," said Davis-Wrightsil, previously an assistant coach at Texas and Rutgers. "She plays strong, is crafty when she catches the ball, can shoot it from 15 feet and runs the floor really well. I love her passion and heart, and she has a great upside."
Davis-Wrightsil added that Fields is a great addition for the Cajuns, who are entering their second season under coach Garry Brodhead.
"I know she was scouted by some major colleges, so I think she's a great addition for them," Davis-Wrightsil said. "Simone fits right in with how they play because we pressed a lot and she covered the floor really well. She had a high motor and rebounded out of her space and played well against 6-3 girls using her strength and quickness. She was a joy to coach and comes from a great family."
Fields plans to sign a binding national letter of intent with the Cajuns during the NCAA's early signing period, which is Nov. 13 to 20.
With the addition of Fields, the Cajuns now have three public pledges in their 2014 recruiting class – all from Texas. Point guard Cienna Rodriguez-Rivera (Cy-Ranch HS/Cypress, Texas) committed in June, followed by guard/forward Ericka May (Allen HS/Allen, Texas) in September.
Follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/JoshuaParrott
The Ragin' Cajuns landed another women's hoops pledge from Texas. Check out the Cajun Redzone for more.