SPOKANE -- Gonzaga women’s basketball head coach Kelly Graves announced the signing of three players to national letters of intent on Wednesday.
Joining the Bulldogs next fall is Elle Tinkle, a guard from Big Sky High School in Missoula, Kiara Kudron, a forward from Huron High School in New Boston, Michigan, and Chelsea Waters, a guard/forward from Lewiston High School.
Collegiate Girls Basketball Report has Graves’ 2012-13 recruiting class ranked 42nd.
As a freshman and sophomore, Waters attended Moscow High School, but she is now at Lewiston. In her one season with the Bengals, she averaged 8.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game and led the Bengals to a 23-4 overall mark and to the 5A State Championship. Waters father Frank was a standout basketball player at the University of Idaho.
Tinkle comes from a basketball rich family; both her mother Lisa and her father Wayne, who starred from Ferris High School, played at the University of Montana. Wayne Tinkle is in his sixth year as the head coach of the Montana men’s basketball team. Her sister Joslyn is currently a member of the Stanford University women’s basketball team. This past season, Tinkle averaged 15.4 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game
As a junior, Kudron averaged 17.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.4 steals per game. Kudron’s sister McKenzie currently is a member of the Hofstra University women’s basketball team. Hofstra plays at Gonzaga on Friday at 4pm.