ST. LOUIS -- Saint Louis head women’s basketball coach Lisa Stone has announced the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to attend the University and play for the Billikens beginning next fall.
The new Billikens are 5-foot-7 guard Myia Clark (Arlington Heights, Ill./Saint Viator H.S.), 6-5 forward/center Brooke Flowers (St. Louis, Mo./Metro Academic & Classical H.S.), 5-6 guard Ciaja Harbison (Louisville, Ky./Male H.S.), 5-11 guard Chloe Rice (Marion, Iowa/Marion) and 6-2 forward Evan Zars (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley H.S.).
Myia Clark • G • 5-7 • Arlington Heights, Ill. (Saint Viator H.S.)
Ranks second in Saint Viator history with 1,100 career points … three-time Daily Herald All-Area selection and a two-time All-Conference choice … Saint Viator’s Most Valuable Player as a junior … state qualifier in the Illinois High School Association’s Queen of the Hill 3-point shooting competition as a sophomore … plays AAU basketball for the Illinois Elite National Team, coached by Tom Hohenadel.
Stone on Clark: “Myia is an outstanding guard who will play a key role in our offense, defense and rebounding. She is capable of playing all positions on the perimeter, she can handle the ball, and she can score in a variety of ways.”
Brooke Flowers • F/C • 6-5 • St. Louis, Mo. (Metro Academic & Classical H.S.)
Coming off a junior season that saw her average 21.4 points, 15.3 rebounds and 7.3 blocks while shooting 56.5 percent from the field … her career averages are 16.7 points, 13.2 rebounds and 7.1 blocks … named the St. Louis Public High League Player of the Year for 2016-17 in addition to earning a spot on the Class 3 All-State first team, the St. Louis American Fab 5 first team, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro third team and the Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year nominees list … has garnered first-team All-District and first-team All-Conference plaudits twice and was a second-team All-Conference choice as a freshman … holds Metro career records for rebounds (1,118), blocks (601), double-doubles (60) and triple-doubles (16), and is second in points (1,418) … is within reach of state career records for rebounds and blocks … also owns numerous single-season and single-game school marks … three-year honor roll student and recipient of the Scholar-Athlete Award … plays AAU basketball for Team St. Louis, coached by Tony Condra.
Stone on Flowers: “Brooke is a local standout and an amazing athlete who, at 6-5, can run the floor, catch the ball and score. She is a great rebounder, and she is a definite basket protector because of her great shot-blocking ability.”
Ciaja Harbison • G • 5-6 • Louisville, Ky. (Male H.S.)
Enters her senior season with 1,090 career points … averaged 13.1 points, 4.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.8 steals last season while notching a 2.03 assist-turnover ratio … helped lead Male to a No. 12 ranking in the USA Today Super 25 and a fifth consecutive district title … ranked 73rd in the nation by ESPNW’s Dan Olson … collected All-State honors from the Louisville Courier-Journal (second team) and the Lexington Herald (third team) as well as region Player of the Year accolades a year ago … also was an All-District pick and was selected to the Kentucky Junior All-Star team … has earned several All-Tournament nods, including a pair of tournament MVP awards … was a member of the Male squad that reached the 2015 state semifinals … honor roll student … plays AAU basketball for Kentucky Premier Girls’ EYBL, coached by David Tapley.
Stone on Harbison: “Ciaja is one of the best point guards in the Midwest and is highly ranked nationally. She can shoot, handle the ball, defend and run a team. With the graduation of All-Conference point guard Jackie Kemph following this season, Ciaja will be welcomed with open arms to help direct the Billikens.”
Chloe Rice • G • 5-11 • Marion, Iowa (Marion H.S.)
Named to the 2016-17 All-State first team and tabbed Metro Player of the Year after averaging 14.7 points, 3.3 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.9 steals … made the All-Region, All-District and All-Conference first teams while leading Marion to a 24-2 record and a runner-up finish at the Class 4A state tournament, where she earned All-Tournament honors … has topped the 1,000-point mark … is an 82-percent career free throw shooter … led Marion in scoring and assists in her first three seasons … has started all 74 games in her career … has helped lead the team to a 61-13 record and two state tournament appearances … also has excelled in the classroom, posting a 4.0 grade point average while earning Academic All-Conference laurels and inclusion in the National Honor Society … plays AAU basketball for Minnesota Fury 2018 Iowa, coached by Corby Laube.
Stone on Rice: “Chloe is a player with a high basketball IQ. She has had great success and has been very well coached. We look for Chloe to add depth to our perimeter and contribute on the defensive end. She can really shoot the ball and is a deep 3-point threat.”
Evan Zars • F • 6-2 • Shawnee, Kan. (Mill Valley H.S.)
Recorded team highs in scoring (10.1 ppg), rebounding (8.1 rpg), blocks (3.3 bpg) and field goal shooting (58 percent) and averaged 2.1 assists as a junior … was Class 5A honorable mention All-State and a first-team All-Conference performer … in her sophomore campaign, was a starter on Mill Valley’s 18-5 team that captured the Class 5A sub-state championship … earned All-Conference honorable mention that year with averages of 5.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.8 blocks … plays club basketball for Kansas Elite under head coach Todd Kane, earning the team’s Most Versatile Player and Best Leadership awards … honor roll student with a 4.0 grade point average.
Stone on Zars: “Evan is a multidimensional player who can play inside or outside on offense and defense. She can post up strong, rebound inside and stretch the defense with her 3-point range on the outside.”