|Middleton, Konek sign with Charlotte women's basketball|
|Center, guard added to 49ers Class of 2020|
|Published Friday, November 30, 2018 12:32 pm|
The Charlotte 49ers have added two signees for the women’s basketball program.
Cali Konek, a 5-7 point guard from Pittsburgh and Angel Middleton, a 6-6 center from Charleston, South Carolina, have signed national letters of intent.
“We couldn’t be more excited to introduce these two young ladies to our Niner family,” Charlotte coach Cara Consuegra said. “For us, our mission is to always find the absolute best players we can find.”
“The most important thing is we expect both of these young ladies to impact us on the court, but also, they have a huge opportunity to impact us off the court. They’re great students, great citizens and great people with good character. They will represent our program well, at the university and in the community.”
Middleton, who plays at First Baptist School, is the tallest signee in Charlotte history. As a junior, she earned 2017 High School Sports Report all-state, all-region and All-Lowcountry honorable mention. She was named to the 2018 South Carolina Junior Showcase All-Star Game following a campaign in which she averaged 15 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks a game. She scored more than 1,000 points, hit 58 percent of her field goal attempts at First Baptist, which reached the state semifinals with a 16-6 record.
Middleton started her high school career at Northwood Academy, where she was a member of the 2017 state championship squad.
“Angel is just incredible to know that we’re signing her because we have been recruiting her for a very long time,” Consuegra said. “We actually offered her in eighth grade. To offer a player that young and know that we believed in her, and for her to believe in us back through that entire recruiting journey, is just a thrill for us to bring her here. She fits a need we have in that we want to continue to grow our post game. To bring in a player that is 6-6 but has great hands and great feet, as well as catch and be a high-level competitor, she checks all the boxes for us. We know she will have the ability to come in and help us right away.”
Konek, who plays at Franklin Regional High, is ranked a three-star player by ESPNW and rated as high as No. 8 in the nation as a junior. At Southmoreland High last year, she earned 4A Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State second team honors after averaging 17.9 points per game.
“Cali was a really important need for us. We went into this recruiting class looking for a shooter, someone that can just knock down shots for us, extend the defense and open up some things for some of our players who are really good at getting to the rim and attacking. We watched Cali for a while and knew she was a player we wanted on our roster.”
Konek played a half of a season as a sophomore at national power Riverdale Baptist School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, where she averaged 11.0 points per game.
Konek scored 1,045 points in her freshman campaign, averaging 45.4 points per game, the 11th time in U.S. history in which a girl averaged that many points while becoming the only girl and only freshman to score 1,000 points in a single season in Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League history.
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