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Class includes ESPN Top 100 prospect Emilee Harmon from Pickerington Central

COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State head coach Jim Foster Wednesday announced the signing of two highly-touted Ohio recruits to National Letters of Intent. Among the two-member class are local product Emilee Harmon, a 6-foot, 2-inch forward from Pickerington Central High School in Pickerington, Ohio, and Brianna Sanders, a 5-foot, 11-inch guard from Princeton High School in Cincinnati.

Harmon, an ESPN Top 100 recruit and one of the Top 5 prospects in the state, is a two-time first-team all-state honoree and two-time OCC Player of the Year. As a junior in 2008 she averaged 18.8 points and more than seven rebounds per game as Pickerington Central went 21-4 and finished No. 12 in the Associated Press poll. Harmon, a versatile player who can play the wing or on the block, was one of only three underclassmen invited to USA Basketball’s U18 Team Olympic Training Camp this past summer in Colorado Springs.

Sanders is ranked the 14th best prospect in Ohio by ESPN Hoopgurlz. Sanders missed half of her junior season recovering from a torn ACL, but still took home second-team all-conference honors last season. As a sophomore at Princeton Sanders averaged 14.5 points while grabbing 5.0 rebounds and dishing out 5.0 assists. Before suffering her injury, Sanders was rated the No. 1 prospect in Ohio during her freshman and sophomore seasons for the Class of 2009 by the Ohio Girls Basketball Report and the 10th best prospect in the country by All-Star Girls Report as a sophomore.

Both will be eligible to compete as freshmen next season.  

Complete biographies on Harmon and Sanders are below.

Emilee Harmon
6-2, Forward
Pickerington, Ohio/Central

An ESPN Hoopgurlz Top 100 prospect and ranked as the fourth-best prospect in Ohio … ranked 23rd overall in the ESPN Hoopgurlz Super Sixty of 2009 in May 2008 … as a junior she averaged 18.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and shot just under 60 percent from the field … a two-time first-team all-state honoree as a sophomore and junior … Ohio Capital Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior … is a three-time All-OCC honoree and a two-time district 11 Player of the Year … named first-team all-central district by The Columbus Dispatch Agonis Club as a sophomore and junior … led Central to 21-4 records the past two seasons, advancing to the regional semifinals both years … Central finished No. 12 in the state Associated Press poll last season and No. 5 her sophomore year … invited to USA Basketball’s U18 Team Olympic Training Camp this past summer in Colorado Springs and to the Team USA Youth Festival after her sophomore season … invited to the Nike Skills Academy the last two years … received the OHSBCA Scholarship award … received team MVP and rebounder awards in 2007 and 2008 … received Fairfield County Player of the Year honors from the Lancaster Eagle Gazette as a sophomore … as a freshman she was a member of the Dayton Lady Hoopstars, AAU U15 national runner-up, a second-team district 11 choice and received honorable mention honors from the Eagle Gazette, This Week,  and the Dispatch-Agonis Club … also considered Duke, Stanford, Notre Dame and Purdue.

Brianna Sanders
5-11, Guard
Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton

Currently in her fourth year as a varsity starter and ranked among the Top 15 prospects in Ohio by ESPN Hoopgurlz … has helped Princeton to a 57-13 overall record in her three years … averaged 14.7 points, 5.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals as a sophomore … honorable mention all-state selection as a sophomore … suffered a torn ACL during her AAU season entering her junior year and missing half the season, but was still a second-team all-league selection and finished the summer ranked 67th overall by All-Star Girls Report … returned during the AAU season and was selected to the Windy City Classic All-Tournament team … as a freshman she helped guide Princeton to an undefeated conference championship season and an overall record of 23-1 as she averaged 9.5 points, 3.0 assists and 3.0 boards …  was a second-team All-GMC selection as a freshman in 2006 and 2008 and a first-team honoree her junior year in 2007 … also was named to the all-district 16 team and all-city team in 2007 after averaging 14.7 points per game … as a freshman and sophomore she was rated the No. 1 prospect in Ohio for the Class of 2009 by the Ohio Girls Basketball Report and the 10th best prospect in the country by ASGR as a sophomore … an Adidas All-American Camp All-Star as a freshman and sophomore, she was one of only three freshman to receive the honor … a starter for Cincinnati’s Finest, 2006 AAU National Champions.