Utah State Women's Basketball Signs Three for 2014-15 Season
Nov. 27, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State women's basketball head coach Jerry Finkbeiner announced Wednesday the signing of guards Funda Nakkasoglu (pronounced Foon-da Knock-a-so-glue), Baylee Peck and guard/forward Tilar (pronounced Tyler) Clark for the 2014-15 season.
"All three of them are classic student-athletes. They are well-rounded young women who are going to be a great fit with the core leadership of our program for years to come. They are all goal oriented, and want to help the Aggies go to the next step. We are excited to have all three of them," Finkbeiner said.
Clark, a native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, is a 5-11 guard from Skyline High School. As a junior, Clark earned first-team 5A sixth district honors. She also earned Post Register all-area first-team honors, as well as being the 5A-4A High Country Conference Player of the Year. As a sophomore, she was named second-team all-conference and honorable mention all-area. She has also earned all-conference honors in volleyball as a sophomore and a junior. As a freshman, she was a letterwinner in basketball, volleyball, softball and track & field.
"Tilar is an excitable player. She is a long and lanky guard, good athlete, and we feel that she is an Aggie system player. She has a lot of things that she is bringing to the Aggies that we are looking for when we recruit, whether its floor speed or her offensive skills, the length she has defensively," said Finkbeiner. "She is just a classic Aggie system player that we are looking to fill into the run, gun style that we are trying to put in place at Utah State."
Nakkasoglu, a native of Hampton, Victoria, Australia is a 5-7 point guard, attending St. Leonard's College in Melbourne. Nakkasoglu played for the Melbourne Boomers of the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) for the 2012-13 season. She was also selected to Victoria U20 state team to compete in the 2014 Nationals. Her Victoria State team were the U20 National Champions in 2013 and won a bronze at the U18 National Championship in 2012. In 2011, she was the Grand Final MVP as her squad won the U18 McDonald National Junior Classic Championship. She also captured the Grand Final MVP in 2010, winning the U16 Victorian State Championship. She also ran track in high school.
"Funda comes to us from Australia near the Melbourne area which has a basketball-rich tradition," Finkbeiner said. "She is considered one of the top young point guards on the Australian basketball radar. She is a very intelligent student-athlete in every sense of the word. We have great communication with her and have confidence in her maturity and her outlook toward life and the game. We look to have Funda make an immediate impact with us next year."
Peck, a native of Leander, Texas, is a 5-7 guard from Rouse High School. Peck is a two-time all-district honoree. She was also named to the Central Texas Dazzling Dozen in 2012 and 2013. As a junior, she averaged 10.0 points, 4.0 assists, and 3.0 steals per game. Leander High School was Bi-District Champions during the 2012-13 season. She also played club basketball for the AD Elite from 2011-13. The AD Elite team won the 16U United World Games and finished in third in the Boo Williams Tournament. "Baylee's dad is an alumnus of Utah State, so she has Aggie blood in her. She contacted us from Texas, a long ways away. We saw her play for two summers and she impressed us in many different ways. Baylee is just a natural Aggie recruit for us. She is a pass-first point guard that has a really nice skill set. She fits the Aggie spirt, and I am excited for her to bring it to campus," Finkbeiner said.
Utah State hits the road for the first time this week traveling to Northridge, Calif., for the Radisson Hotel Chatsworth Thanksgiving Classic. The Aggies open the tournament against Hampton on Friday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. (MT). USU will then take on either host Cal State Northridge or Santa Clara on Saturday, Nov. 30, depending on the Aggies' result from Friday.
All USU home games are streamed on the Aggie Digital Network in conjunction with the Mountain West Digital Network. Fans can watch the streaming by going http://www.utahstateaggies.com/videos/.
Fans can follow USU women's basketball at www.twitter.com/UtahStateWBB, as well as on facebook, at www.facebook.com/USUWBB. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at facebook, at www.facebook.com/USUAthletics. Utah State women's basketball is now also on instagram at www.instagram.com/USUWbasketball.
Aggie women's basketball tickets will be available by contacting the USU Athletics Ticket Office at (435) 797-0305 or at 1-888-U-STATE-1 (1-888-878-2831) for more information or visit the Utah State athletics web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
2013-14 Utah State Women's Basketball Signees Name Pos. Ht. Hometown (High School) Tilar Clark G/F 5-11 Idaho Falls, Idaho (Skyline High School) Funda Nakkasoglu G 5-7 Hampton, Victoria, Australia (St. Leonard's College) Baylee Peck G 5-7 Leander, Texas (Rouse High School)