The USC women’s basketball eighth-ranked recruiting class received a welcome addition over the weekend as local prep star Kiki Alofaituli gave her commitment to head coach Michael Cooper.
Alofaituli, a 6’1″ forward from nearby powerhouse Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., will bring a wealth of athleticism and defensive prowess to the court for the Women of Troy. The 26th-ranked high school player in the country will be reunited with Mater Dei teammate Alexyz Vaioletama this fall. Vaioletama and Alofaituli, along with Deanna Calhoun, Ariya Crook-Williams and Kate Oliver comprise Cooper’s highly ranked recruiting class.
Alofaituli originally committed to Arizona State and thus will not be eligible for the Women of Troy’s 2011-12 campaign. However, Alofaituli, a Tustin, Calif. resident, remains upbeat about the prospect of playing in Los Angeles under the tutelage of Cooper.
The Women of Troy will tip off the season Nov. 11 against Fresno State.