Nov. 14, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head women's basketball coach Curt Miller signed four players to national letters of intent to join the Hoosiers in 2014 during the early signing period. The four high school standouts signing to play for the Hoosiers next season are Tyra Buss (Mt. Carmel, Ill./Mt. Carmel), Amanda Cahill (Clyde, Ohio/Clyde), Maura Muensterman (Evansville, Ind./Mater Dei) and Jessica Walter (Midland, Mich./Midland).
"We are so proud to announce our 2014 signing class," Miller said. "All four are outstanding players but more importantly great character student-athletes that will represent Indiana University on and off the court. The class is full of winners as they compiled a combined 100-12 record last season including an Indiana high school state championship."
"The class is full of outstanding shooters and has high basketball IQ," Miller added. "All four are equally competitive in the classroom as they all strive for academic excellence. I think the most impressive stat is three of our signees began their senior year number one in their class academically. I don't think I have ever heard of a BCS program signing three valedictorians in the same class. This class defines what we want to be about, great players, excelling students, and high character women."
5-7 • G • Mt. Carmel, Ill./Mt. Carmel
Buss is in her senior year at Mt. Carmel High School playing under head coach Tim Willis. Buss was named Ms. Basketball in the state of Illinois last year as a junior after averaging 38.9 points, 6.1 steals, 3.2 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game in 2012-13, including one game of 54 points while leading Mt. Carmel to a 32-1 record with conference and regional titles. She became the first player in Illinois history to eclipse 3,000 career points as a junior. Through three seasons, Buss has scored 3,431 career points and is on pace to break the all-time scoring record in the state of Illinois. She already holds Illinois state records for most points scored in a season (1,285), most free throws made in a career (880), highest career scoring average (35.3 ppg) and most field goals made in a single season (445). Buss has earned first team all-state honors in each of her three years. As a sophomore, Buss averaged 35.0 points, 5.0 steals and 3.0 rebounds per game en route to leading her team to a second regional title in as many years. She scored 32.0 points per games as a freshman with 4.3 steals, 3.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest. Buss also excels in cross country, tennis and track. She's earned third team all-state honors in tennis two times, never losing a regular season or sectional match (89-0) and has been a state qualifier in both cross country and track. She played AAU ball for Indiana Elite-Swish under coaches Phil Kessler and Ed Saiko alongside fellow signee Maura Muensterman.
Buss has been ranked overall in the top 125 nationally by all of the major recruiting services. JumpOff Plus has her ranked as the No. 16 point guard in the country and in the top 100 overall. Prospects Nation ranks her the No. 27 point guard and also in their top 100 nationally while Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report ranks her as the No. 21 guard.
Miller on Buss:
"Tyra is one of the most talented guards in the country. Her signing has brought an instant buzz and excitement to Bloomington and our program. Tyra has had an amazing prep career and is well known for her ability to score the basketball. Tyra is on pace to become the all-time leading scorer in the State of Illinois and is the first junior to win Miss Basketball in that state since Candace Parker. I am even more excited about her ability to impact the game in other ways. Tyra's quickness will continue to allow us to play up-tempo on offense and her relentless effort on defense will allow us to pressure the ball even better into the future. Tyra is a winner and is as competitive of an athlete that I have been around. We share a strong desire to turn Indiana women's basketball into a championship level program. Tyra is the first player from Illinois to sign with the Hoosiers since 2007."
6-2 • F • Clyde, Ohio/Clyde
Cahill is in her senior season at Clyde High School where she is coached by her father, John Cahill. She led Clyde to the state final four and a 27-1 record as a junior and was named State Division 2 Player of the Year for a second time (junior and sophomore years). Cahill averaged 20.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 4.2 steals per game as a junior. In three years, her high school teams have lost only four total games, going 75-4 (.949). As a sophomore, she scored 20 points per game with 8.6 boards, 3.9 steals and 4 assists per game. Cahill helped Clyde to a state final four appearance as a freshman, scoring 18.6 points per game with 7.7 rebounds, 4.2 steals and 4.4 assists. She has been named conference Player of the Year three times and district Player of the Year twice. Cahill also plays tennis and has won a conference doubles title three times and has been named second team all-state in doubles. She played her AAU ball with SMAC under head coach Carlos Shea-Ron.
Cahill sits in the top 35 in her position by many national recruiting services. Dan Olsen's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report ranks her as the No. 26 forward in the country and Prospects Nation says she is the 35th best forward nationally. The Ohio Girls Basketball Report (OBGR) has her rated as one of the top eight players in the state of Ohio.
Miller on Cahill:
"Amanda is one of the best perimeter shooting power forwards in the country. She is a flat out winner losing only four games in her high school career. She is the daughter of a coach and has been around the game her whole life. She brings incredible basketball IQ to our program and understands how to play the game. She has tremendous fundamentals including being an excellent passing post player. She fits perfectly into our system on offense and we look for her to make an immediate impact after the graduation of four senior post players. Amanda supported our championship culture at BGSU and now will be an integral part of the building process at Indiana. Amanda is the fourth Ohio native to join our program since our arrival last season."
6-0 • G • Evansville, Ind./Mater Dei
Muensterman is a senior at Mater Dei High School in Evansville, Ind. and plays for head coach Steve Goans. She led Mater Dei to back-to-back state championships in 2012 and 2013. Muensterman hit the game-winning shot in the state title game as a sophomore in 2012 and in 2013 set the state championship game record for assists (9). In her first three years, she compiled 1,682 career points (23.0 ppg) and 545 career assists (7.5 apg). During her junior year in 2012-13, she averaged 22.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 9.1 assists, 3.2 steals and 2.0 blocks per game. She currently ranks second on Indiana's high school career assist list and is on pace to become Indiana's all-time career assist leader. Muensterman is already Mater Dei's career all-time leading scorer and assist leader. She ranks first, second and fourth on Mater Dei's all-time single season scoring lists and first, second and third on the school's single season assists list. During her sophomore campaign, she averaged 22.2 points, 7.0 boards, 8.1 assists, 4.7 steals and 2.3 blocks per game. She was also a big contributor as a freshman with 25.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 3.6 steals and 1.4 blocks per game. Muensterman is a standout volleyball and softball player and led her volleyball teams to four sectional titles and a regional championship. She played alongside fellow signee Tyra Buss for Indiana Elite-Swish under coaches Phil Kessler and Ed Saiko.
Muensterman is ranked consistently as one of the top four players in the state of Indiana by all of the major recruiting services. The Midwest Girls Basketball Report (MGBR) ranks her as the 18th overall best prospect in the Midwest. Dan Olsen's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report has her as the 38th best wing in the nation.
Miller on Muensterman:
"Maura is the best shooter in the state of Indiana and gives us a wing player with nice size. Maura is a proven winner going 55-3 over the last two seasons and winning back-to-back state championships. Maura will begin her senior season on a very short list for Indiana Miss Basketball candidates. She is also an excellent passer who is on track to become the all-time assist leader in the state of Indiana. Maura has established herself as an elite basketball player while still excelling in two other sports. The success in all three sports is remarkable and is a credit to her competitiveness and her athletic ability. The signing of Maura also continues our commitment to recruit Indiana. Maura is the fifth Hoosier all-star and second multiple state champion to join our program in our short tenure."
5-11 • G • Midland, Mich./Midland
Walter is a senior at Midland High School playing under head coach Elaine Mahabir. During her junior season in 2012-13, she averaged 20.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.4 steals per game, earning a number of accolades including Associated Press First Team Class A All-State honors. She helped lead Midland to back-to-back District titles during her freshman and sophomore seasons, including the school's first-ever regional title during her freshman year. Walter holds numerous school records including most points in a game (30, three times), most 3-point field goals made in a game (8), most points in a single season, most assists in a single season and most 3-point field goals made in a single season. As a sophomore, she averaged 12.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game. Walter is also a standout athlete on the track. She has played AAU basketball for Michigan Crossover for coach Emez Oliver and Midland Fastbreak for coach Mark Juengel.
Walter is ranked as one of the top five seniors in the state of Michigan by many Midwest recruiting services. Lady Ballers International (Michigan only recruiting service) places Walter as the No. 1 wing and No. 5 overall prospect in the state of Michigan.
Miller on Walter:
"Jess is the best wing in the State of Michigan and gives us a versatile guard that can play multiple positions. I believe we got a steal with Jess as the national recruiters are not as familiar with her. I love Jess's work ethic and desire to get better. She is a tremendous shooter but seems to enjoy making the great pass even more. She brings size and athleticism to the wing position and maybe most importantly, a warrior mentality. Jess is a great leader on and off the court and I believe will play a huge role as we establish our championship locker room culture. Jess also opens the doors into the state of Michigan as she is the first Michigan player to sign with the Hoosiers since 2006. She will begin her senior year on a short list for Miss Basketball candidates in Michigan."