May 25, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Kelsey Harris, a 5-foot-10 guard who spent the past two seasons at Iowa State after a stellar prep career at Brea Olinda High School, has signed an athletics grant-in-aid agreement and will join the UC Davis women's basketball team, head coach Jennifer Gross announced on Friday.
Harris will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out the upcoming 2012-13 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules.
She arrived at Iowa State after helping Brea Olinda, the top-ranked team in the nation in 2009 by MaxPrep Sports, to a 122-11 record and the California state title as a junior, scoring 25 points and hitting 4-of-5 from three-point range in the championship game. A California All-State Team selection in all four prep seasons, Harris started every single game of her high school career and ranks second in school history in three-pointers made.
As a true freshman in 2010-11, she played in 31 games and made two starts while averaging 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. She hit 24 three pointers during the season, knocking down three treys against Virginia at the Paradise Jam Tournament.
Last year, Harris saw action in 27 games and shot 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. Her sophomore season was highlighted by a career performance against Butler in which she scored 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range. The Cyclones finished with an 18-13 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.
"We are thrilled that Kelsey has decided to continue her career at UC Davis," said Gross. "Kelsey is a perfect fit for our system - she is a tall guard who is a deadly three-point shooter, can get to the rim and is a great passer too. She brings an incredible work ethic and passion for the game. Most importantly, Kelsey is an amazing young woman and a dedicated student. I expect Kelsey to be an immediate contributor to our team and a wonderful compliment to the other players we've recruited to UC Davis."
Harris has also excelled in the classroom while at Iowa State, recently earning Big 12 All-Academic First Team honors. She is a three-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll selection and was named an ISU Scholar Athlete earlier this year.
She joins guards Aniya Baker (Perris High School) and Molly Greubel (Foothill High School) and forwards Heidi Johnson (Buchanan High School), Celia Marfone (Laguna Hills High School) and Alyson Doherty (El Toro High School) as the newest additions to the Aggie women's basketball program.