Bloomington, Ind. Indiana womens basketball head coach Kathi Bennett announced the signing of junior college power forward Joei Clyburn to a National Letter of Intent today. Clyburn will enroll at summer school and will be eligible to compete in the 2004-05 season after meeting her summer school requirements.
A 6-1 native of Detroit, Clyburn attended Arkansas-Fort Smith Junior College the last two years, earning first-team NJCAA All-America honors after a sophomore season in which she averaged 15.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game en route to leading her team to a 26-2 overall record and a berth in the Final Four at the Division I Junior College National Tournament. Clyburn was a third-team NJCAA All-America as a freshman after averaging 18.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.
Joei is talented in so many areas, Bennett said. She can play small forward or power forward and addresses an immediate need for us. She is very athletic and very skilled, with the ability to rebound, shoot the three and defend quicker players. She is a wonderful person and loves to play basketball.
Clyburn enjoyed a prep career in which she was considered one of the top players coming out of the state of Michigan in 2002. She graduated from Benedictine High School in Detroit, where she led the school to its first-ever state championship en route to earning first-team all-state recognition. She averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds as a senior. Her prep career began at Bishop Borgess HS, where she was selected to the Detroit News Dream Team after her junior year in addition to earning honorable mention All-America honors from Street and Smiths.
Clyburn is one of two incoming players joining the Indiana roster next season, along with Sylvania (Ohio) Northview HS guard Nikki Smith. The duo will add to a Hoosier squad that returns the entire 2003-04 roster and is led by a pair of All-Big Ten selections in forward Jenny DeMuth and guard Cyndi Valentin.
Clyburn plans to enroll at Indiana as a general studies major.