Wichita State women's basketball caoch Jody Adams is thinking outside the Valley and outside the country for new recruits.
Her newest commitments come in the former of Russian guard Anna Khmelevskaya and former Texas Tech guard Diamond Lockhart.
Khmelevskay is a native of Rostov-on-Don, Russia. She attended school at Spartak Olympic Reserve College in Moscow.
“Anna has the mentality of a scorer, a high IQ, good vision, and great size for a guard,” Adams said. “She’s going to scrap and be in the mix of things and I love her competitiveness.”
In the 2012 Russian Championships, Khmelevskay was named to the all-tournament team. Additionally, during her final year playing for Spartak, the team captured first place at the Russian Junior Championships.
Lockhart played her freshman season for the Red Raiders, starting 11 games, averaging 4.3 points in 17.4 minutes a game. She led the team in free-throw percentage, going 25-for-28 (.893) from the charity stripe.
She was the No. 53 overall player on the 2013 espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 and played AAU for the DFW Elite. Lockhart averaged 14.3 points, 4 assists and 3.4 steals per game during her senior season at Red Oak High School in Red Oak, Texas, where she was also named the District 15-4A Offensive MVP.
“The competition in the Big 12 that Diamond played against for one year at Texas Tech will be very beneficial,” Adams said of Lockhart. “She is hungry and wants to know how to be the best.
“She comes in with a very solid skill set, including the ability to knock down the three. Her strong body, communication, engagement and attitude have been great for the team since she arrived here.”
Per NCAA rules, Lockhart will sit a year and be a redshirt sophomore for the 2015-16 campaign.
“She will have a year to learn our system so that she is ready to contribute immediately,” Adams added.
Khmelevskaya and Lockhart join Ashlee Ivy, Brittany Martin and Aundra Stovall, who signed with the Shockers earlier in the year.
“This is one of the most talented classes we have brought in because we have everything from speed, to length on the wings and now a true 6-foot-4 post in Martin,” Adams said. “It has been really exciting to get them all together for individual workouts during the summer.”
Wichita State will come into the 2014-15 season after capturing its second-consecutive Missouri Valley Conference regular and post-season championships in 2013-14, while earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons.