Nov. 14, 2012
MADISON, Wis. - Head women's basketball coach Bobbie Kelsey announced the signing of two athletes to National Letters of Intent today. Mikey Crall, a 6-3 post from Olathe, Kan., and Malayna Johnson, a 6-3 post from Bellwood, Ill., will join the Badgers in 2013-14.
"I'm very pleased with this class," said Kelsey. "Real posts are hard to find and these two are very skilled. I think they will both work very hard to develop into collegiate players and they'll do what's asked of them to help our team.
"We needed the size and they'll fill the void at post that we're lacking this year. Our inside game should be really strong next year with the addition of these two."
Crall aided Olathe Northwest High School, under coach Joel Branstrom, to a second-place finish in the 2012 Kansas state tournament. The Ravens also won their league championship with a perfect 11-0 mark. Crall earned second-team all-state and all-league honors as a junior.
At her high school, Crall set school single-season records for field goal percentage (61 percent) offensive rebounds (79) and blocks (6). She also set single-game record for blocks (6) and field goals (9). Crall is ranked in the top 10 percent of her class and is a member of the honor roll.
"She's a big body and a very strong, very smart player," said Kelsey. "She has a very high IQ and that's going to help her in basketball - she's going to catch on very quickly to college basketball. We're looking for her to contribute right away and help our team."
She also plays with Mokan Eclipse under coaches Jon Lewis, David Peterson, Gary Brown and Joe Erskine. Her AAU club won the National Division at the 2012 U.S. Junior Nationals-Cincinnati and Crall was named to the all-star team at the 2012 USJN Mountain Madness tournament in Denver.
Johnson is the younger sister of current Badger Michala Johnson. Malayna is the member of three state and conference championship teams at Montoni Catholic High School for head coach Jason Nichols. She also plays with the Illinois Lady Lightning under coach Mike Seberger. Malayna was named the MVP of the Music City Madness Tournament in 2012.
"Malayna is a tall, lanky, long player who can run the floor," said Kelsey. "We'll need her to score on the block for us, run and get rebounds. She has the ability to block shots as well. We're looking for her to come in and get some easy baskets and rebounds."