Men's, women's basketball teams sign recruits

The men signed 3 recruits while the women inked 4

On the verge of beginning a new season, the men's and women's basketball teams made plans for seasons to come. Wednesday marked the first day of the early basketball signing period. Ball State's men's squad signed three recruits and the women's squad inked four.

Peyton Stovall (Laf-ayette/Lafayette Jeff H.S.), Julien "Skip" Mills (Indianapolis/North Central H.S.) and Darren Yates (Indianapolis/Pike H.S.) make up the men's class.

Stovall, a 6-foot, 1-inch guard averaged 20.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game last season.

"Peyton is a player who continually improved over the course of his high school career," head coach Tim Buckley said. "Our staff believes Peyton is one of the top point guards available."

Yates, a 6-foot-2-inch guard is currently coached by Ball State graduate Larry Bullington at No. 1-ranked Pike. He is the returning scorer on the team, averaging 13.3 points.

"He has the ability to stretch defenses with his deep shooting range," Buckley said.

The men's team still has one scholarship available for the 2003-04 season.

The women, however, filled their recruiting class with the signing of four high school seniors. Head coach Tracy Roller said the gem in the class is Becca Bajorek, a 6-foot-2-inch post player.

Bajorek hails from Columbus, Ohio. She led St. Francis DeSales H.S. to a conference championship in the 2001-02 season with a 17.9 points per game average. Bajorek averaged just shy of a double-double with 9.6 rebounds. Roller called Bajorek a "must have" for the program.

"Her height and aggressive play in the post will help replace the loss of Tamara Bowie next season," Roller said. "She is not only a tremendous player, but also a fantastic person.

Tina Bolte (Columbus/Colum-bus North H.S.) is a Hoosier Basketball Magazine First-Team All-State selection. Bolte, a 5-foot-7-inch guard averaged 18.7 points last season. Roller called her "one of the premier players in the state of Indiana."

Kelsey Corbin (Fort Wayne/Fort Wayne Northrop H.S.) is also a first-team All-State selection.

"Kelsey is nationally known as one of the top 50 guards in the country," Roller said.

Teran Warner, a 6 foot forward from Middletown, completes the recruiting class. Warner averaged 8.2 points and 6.8 rebounds at Shenandoah High School last season.

"This class is a direct reflection of the great student-athletes that we currently have," Roller said. "I am so happy to welcome them to our basketball family."


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