The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team and first-year head coach Mike Bradbury announced the signing of five National Letter of Intents for the 2017-18 season on Wednesday. Madison Washington, Antonia Anderson, N’Dea Flye, Tatiana Wright and Roswell’s Jaedyn DeLaCerda have all signed to join the Lobos next season. New Mexico’s signing class ranks #28 in the country by Blue Star basketball.
“This signing class will ignite the future success of our program and get Lobo women’s basketball back to the level our great fans deserve, head coach Mike Bradbury said. “We are excited to welcome these five nationally ranked recruits (all within the top 220 in the country) to the Lobo family. This is one of the deepest and most talented classes I’ve signed in my 26 years of Division I. Each of these players bring strengths that will help build our exciting style of basketball.”
Madison Washington (5-8, Point Guard, Red Oak, Texas)
Washington joins the Lobos from Red Oak High School in Red Oak, Texas where she was named All-District in 2014-15 and 2015-16 and is ranked #211 by ESPNW. The 2013-14 Offensive Player of the Year enjoyed an outstanding season in 2015-16 posting a game-high 34 points and 10 assists while also notching two more 30+ point games. Last season, Washington averaged 18 points, 5.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game.
“Madi is a left-handed scoring point guard that will thrive in our up-tempo system,” Bradbury said. “She really shoots threes with great accuracy and can create off the dribble for others.”
Antonia Anderson (6-2, Guard/Forward, Cibolo, Texas)
An All-State, All-District, All-Area and All-Region honoree, Anderson comes to the Lobos from Byron P. Steele II High School in Cibolo, Texas where she has been a four-year starter in basketball and a two-year varsity track participant. She is ranked #187 by ESPNW and last season averaged 15 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game. She also notched a career-high 31 points in Steele’s playoff game vs. Lee. In addition to her offensive ability, Anderson was named back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year.
“We’re excited about Antonia’s versatility that will allow us to play her at multiple positions,” Bradbury said. “Her natural athleticism is an advantage and her game will only continue to expand.”
N’Dea Flye (5-7, Point Guard, Oregon City, Ore.)
Flye comes to UNM from Oregon City High School in Oregon City, Ore. where she led her team to the Oregon State Championship in 2014. Flye, ranked #152 by ESPNW, averaged 11.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game last season. She has posted a career-high 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a game against Prairie on Dec. 18, 2015 and has racked up a total of 400 points and 283 rebounds in her career.
“N’Dea plays for the winningest high school in Oregon and brings a winning mentality to our program,” Bradbury said. “She is so explosive off the bounce and will cause havoc on the team’s opposing guards.”
Tatiana Wright (5-9, Guard, McKinney, Texas)
Wright comes to Albuquerque from McKinney North High School in McKinney, Texas where she helped lead her squad to a state runner-up title in 2014 and a regional finals appearance in 2015. A three-time All-District honoree, Wright is currently ranked #171 by ESPNW. Wright was named Texas Girls Coaching Association All-Star last season for her contributions all over the court with 8.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.2 steals per contest.
“Tia is an incredible athlete that finds ways to impact the game on both ends,” Bradbury said. “Her ability to sprint lanes and attack the rim will be very important going forward.”
Jaedyn DeLaCerda (5-8, Guard, Roswell, N.M.)
DeLaCerda stays close to home in joining the Lobos as she comes to UNM from Roswell High School in Roswell, N.M. She is a four-year varsity basketball and volleyball standout. A 2016 All-State honoree and Adidas All-American, DeLaCerda helped lead her team to the 2016 New Mexico 5A State Championship with 34 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. DeLaCerda signs to UNM after being ranked #221 by ESPNW. Last season she averaged 16.9 points, 3.0 assists and 2.8 steals.
“We are so pleased to keep Jaedyn in state to compete for the Lobos,” Bradbury said. “She’s a state champion that will bring her competitive nature and long distance shooting to our team.”