A versatile player who can fill all five court positions has agreed to bring her talents to the Lower Columbia College women’s basketball team this fall.
Braylee Stone, a 6-foot guard/forward from Oregon 6A McKay High in Salem signed a letter of intent to play for the Lady Devils next winter.
“Braylee’s an athletic player who will come at the three and four spots for us,” LCC coach Chad Meadors said. “She played a lot as a guard at McKay. She’s long, athletic and keeps growing. We see her doing a lot of things for us.”
A three-time all-Central Valley Conference pick, Stone was named the girls basketball athlete of the year by the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club. In addition, she selected to play in the Clash of the Border tournament featuring teams from Washington, Oregon and Idaho at Blue Mountain College in Pendleton.
“I like the team, coaches and the environment at LCC,” Stone said. “I came in for an open gym, got to meet a lot of the players, and they told me their roles and plans for the team. I want to get better, meet more people and see how I progress and compete against others in this league.”
Born in Pocatello, Idaho, Stone is a member of the Blackfeet Indian Tribe. She has lived in numerous western states before settling in with family members in Salem.
Besides earning selection on a 2014 USA Basketball Women’s 3x3 U18 National Tournament team, Stone has stood out in the classroom with a 3.8 grade-point average. As a middle school student, she was invited to participate in a Junior National Young Leaders Conference held in Washington D.C.
“I can play every position and can fill whatever they need and expect,” Stone said. “I like playing out on the wing. I can make long-range shots, but I’m not as consistent as I am with the midrange jumpers.”
Meadors believes Stone has a lot of potential.
“Braylee will blossom as she gets into strength and conditioning,” he said. “You can’t have enough 5-foot-10 and 5-11 kids who can come in and bolster your program.”
Stone joins recent signees Katie Hankins of W.F. West, Seaside’s Kaitlin Lewis, and returning players Kaylea Knox, Sierra Richards, Donniesha Webber, Mady Hanna, Nesija Seleva, Autumn Moorcroft, Emily Griner, Amanda Britt and Tamar Rodriguez on the fall roster.
“Our lineup possibilities are endless and we’re bringing in girls with skillsets we haven’t had for awhile,” Meadors said. “Our sophomores have worked their tails off during the summer and we’re adding a nice class of kids.
“They want to improve on their sixth-place finish from last season.”