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COC star is going D-1

Wakefield picks Pacific; Frazier also commits

Posted: April 19, 2010 11:06 p.m.
Updated: April 20, 2010 4:55 a.m.

College of the Canyons' Ashley Wakefield looks to pass against Glendale on Jan. 23.

 
After completing one of the finest seasons in College of the Canyons women’s basketball history, Ashley Wakefield has found a new home.

The wing player has committed to NCAA Division I Pacific University.

The state’s co-player of the year made the commitment last week.

“Overall, it was a good fit for me,” Wakefield said.

Wakefield, a graduate of Washington Prep in Los Angeles, went on a recent trip to Pacific.

She said approximately 10 schools were looking at her, but she decided to go with the Stockton school because the coaching staff and players made her feel comfortable.

Wakefield averaged 18.6 points, 12.9 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game for the Cougars in 2009-10.

She was named the California Community College Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (CCCWBCA) Co-Player of the Year and 2010 Western State Conference, South Division, Most Valuable Player.

“I credit them for their tenacity and the way they did things,” said COC head coach Greg Herrick of Pacific. “They called me all the time and did a really good job. I think she’ll flourish there. Shoot, she’s the state junior college player of year. They’re lucky to get her.”

Wakefield was a dominant rebounder and strong scorer last season. The 5-foot-9-inch player said she doesn’t think she’ll have a problem adapting to the NCAA Division I level.

“I can still play my game,” she said.

Joining her in making college plans is teammate Joslynn Frazier.

The forward committed to NCAA Division II Grand Canyon University of Phoenix.

She averaged 14.3 points and 12.0 rebounds per game last season.

“She came on strong at the end of the year,” Herrick said. “A lot of people started to get involved with her.”

Herrick said recruiting for next season is going well.

He said a post player and a couple of guards from out of the area have told him they plan on playing at COC, but with junior college basketball, there are no letters of intent so those aren’t sure things.

As for Herrick, he is being inducted into the first class of the Cleveland High Athletic Hall of Fame.

Herrick coached the boys varsity team at Cleveland between 1979 and 1985 and won Los Angeles City Section titles in 1981 and 1982.

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