Mary Dunn, Natalie Myers and Jen Oduho have each signed a National Letter of Intent to continue their academic and basketball careers at Youngstown State University, Penguins head coach John Barnes proudly announced on Wednesday.
All three signees are from Western Pennsylvania and are at least 5-foot-11. Dunn is a 6-foot-3 forward from Washington, Pa. (Trinity High School), Myers is a 6-foot forward from Lower Burrell, Pa. (Burrell High School), and Oduho is a 5-foot-11 guard from Erie, Pa. (Villa Maria Academy).
"My staff and I are extremely excited to have Mary, Natalie and Jen officially join our basketball family," Barnes said. "We think this class will help us continue to elevate the level of toughness and athleticism in our program. They all play for talented high school teams and high-quality AAU programs that will have them ready to compete at our level."
Dunn averaged 14.6 points and 7.7 rebounds as a junior when she was named all-section and led Trinity to a 17-9 record and a spot in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals. She averaged 13.1 points as a sophomore.
"Mary has great size and touch around the basket," Barnes said. "At 6-foot-3, she was able to make some 3s when I watched her this summer. That's something we hadn't seen from her before. She's also capable of changing the game in the paint defensively."
Myers was voted all-section as a junior when she averaged 18.8 points in leading Burrell to the semifinals of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs for the second straight season. The Bucs finished 22-5 in 2014-15 and have a 74-11 record over the last three seasons with Myers as one of two Division I players on the team.
"Natalie is a very tough power forward who has a non-stop work ethic," Barnes said. "She is a very good and aggressive rebounder, and she's versatile enough to defend in the post and on the wing. She can also stretch the floor offensively and shoot from 3-point range."
Dunn and Myers both played for the Western PA Bruins AAU program.
Oduho is entering her second season as a starting wing for annual state power Villa Marie Academy. She averaged seven points and a team-leading five rebounds as a junior for a team that won 20 games and captured its 10th straight regional championship. Oduho is one of four seniors on the Villa squad that will play collegiately and one of six players on the team to have a Division I scholarship offer.
In the AAU circuit, Oduho was voted to the All-Star team at the U.S. Junior Nationals / Nike 17U National Championships as a member of the Erie Saints Basketball Organization.
"Jen brings a type of athleticism and toughness to the floor that will help us on both ends of the floor," Barnes said. "She excels at attacking the basket, but she also shoots it well from the outside and really goes after rebounds. She comes from an excellent high school program at Villa Maria Academy that is extremely well-coached and is annually fighting for the state championship."
Youngstown State competes at the Division I level as a member of the Horizon League. The Penguins posted a 21-11 record in 2014-15 and earned an at-large berth to play in the Women's NIT. Their 2015-16 season begins on Friday at Beeghly Center against Canisius.