Surrounded by her family and Westlake coach Katie Hensle, Chaparral basketball player Shay Holle (center) celebrates after signing with Texas on Nov. 13, 2019. [PAUL BRICK/FOR STATESMAN]


Texas inks five basketball players on National Signing Day

Posted November 13th, 2019


If a 5-on-5 tournament is held on the Texas campus in the near future, the Longhorns’ 2020 recruiting class has already got its line-up set.

The Texas women’s basketball team announced on Wednesday that it had signed a quintet of players. Among the Longhorns’ in-state prospects were Westlake guard Shay Holle, Humble Atascocita forward Elyssa Coleman and Baytown Sterling forward Precious Johnson. Guard Ashley Chevailier, who plays basketball at California’s Sierra Canyon High, and graduate transfer Katie Benzan rounded out UT’s Class of 2020.

Benzan joins the Longhorns after knocking down an Ivy League-record 287 three-pointers over three seasons at Harvard. Chevalier and Holle were listed 52nd and 97th, respectively, on ESPN’s ranking of the players in the 2020 recruiting class. The 6-3 Coleman overcame a knee injury in high school and has averaged 7.4 points and 7.0 rebounds over 95 games at Atascocita. An all-district honoree as a junior, Johnson is coming off a season in which she put up 14 points and eight rebounds per game.


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