Nov. 15, 2013
Nov. 15, 2013
MADISON, Wis. – Cayla McMorris, a 6-0 guard from Brooklyn, Minn., has signed a National Letter of Intent to play women’s basketball at the University of Wisconsin, head coach Bobbie Kelsey announced today. She is the first top-100 recruit signed by Kelsey and the first for the Badgers since Taylor Wurtz.
“Cayla is a fantastic guard and the sky is the limit for her developing into a hard, tough guard,” said Kelsey. “Her stock really rose this summer but we were one of the first schools to be in on her. She’s gotten better and better and better over the years and we’re happy to have her. It’s a coup for us to get a player of her magnitude since we don’t have the same type of record that some of the other teams that were recruiting her have.”
Kelsey sited McMorris’s versatility as a player who can “shoot the three, she can handle the ball, she has a quick first step, she can run the floor and she plays defense. She does it all.”
McMorris is a top-50 recruit by Swish Appeal and as well ranked No. 48 nationally by Prospect Nation. She is ranked 86th by ESPN Hoop Gurlz and 17th overall in her position, and 88th by Blue Star Basketball. McMorris is also ranked 70th by Peach State Basketball and second in the state by Minnesota Hoops website and fourth in the state by gPrepBasketball.net.
A senior at Park Center High School, McMorris was named first-team all-state in 2013 by the Minnesota Girls’ Basketball Coaches Association. She was also an honorable mention all-state pick in 2012. She was named to the Minneapolis Star Tribune All-Metro girls’ third-team for Coach Chris VanderHyde.
McMorris is a three-time Northwest Suburban Conference first-team pick and a member of Sports Jam all-area basketball team. She became the just the third Pirate to score 1,000 career points, tallying more than a grand as a junior.
She also competed in track at Park Center, earning all-conference honors in the 400 meters in 2012.
A member of the North Tartan AAU Basketball team under coaches Gerard Coury and Rico Alexander, the same team as former Badgers Alyssa Karel and Tara Steinbauer, McMorris’s teams have won four Minnesota state AAU championships. Her team also won the 2012 Nike Summer Showcase Green Division and the 2013 Nike Tournament of Champions. McMorris was also invited to the Nike Regional Girls’ Skills Academy in 2011 and 2012.
“Cayla is not afraid of challenge and she knew coming here, it would be a different kind of a challenge,” said Kelsey. “And she accepted that because she loves Wisconsin. Not only basketball but she loves the idea of being a student here.”
McMorris has earned Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) academic achievement awards the last three years for maintaining a grade point average above 3.0. She has also participated in the Honors Mentor Connection.
“She’s going to bring a lot of athleticism,” said Kelsey. “We have to try to replace Taylor Wurtz and Morgan Paige, and Cayla has the ability to do that. She’ll be an exciting addition to our team next season.”