Special to The Flash Today
STEPHENVILLE (November 18, 2017) -– Head coach Misty Wilson has announced the addition of two high school standouts – Marissa Escamilla and Kandyn Faurie – who signed National Letters of Intent to play at Tarleton as a part of national early signing day this month.
Escamilla and Faurie will each come to Tarleton following superb high school careers. Escamilla is currently competing in her third season of varsity basketball at Burnet while Faurie is wrapping up her four-year career at Liberty Hill.
“Marissa (Escamilla) is a superb athlete that can score in many ways,” said Wilson. “Her athletic ability makes her very versatile and we like to have players that can play anywhere on the floor. She is also probably one of the best rebounding guards I have seen in a while. I am confident that Marissa will make her presence known at Tarleton and in the Lone Star Conference, as well.
“Kandyn has a very high basketball IQ, has played in a very successful basketball program at Liberty Hill, and is a consistent scorer,” she continued. “Kandyn is another player that can play well all over the floor. Her knowledge of the game combined with her size can make for tough match-ups for opponents. Kandyn has a true love for the game of basketball and it shows every time she steps on the floor to play. We have had the chance to really get to know Kandyn very well through our camps and recruiting process. She has a deep understanding of our basketball program and expectations year in and year out.”
Escamilla is a 5-8 guard who has earned back-to-back first-team all-district honors as a sophomore and junior at Burnet High School. As a sophomore, she was also the District Newcomer of the Year, TABC All-Region, and the Austin American Statesmen All-Centex Newcomer of the Year.
She followed up with a junior season that saw her named second-team All-Centex and TABC All-Region after averaging 24.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 5.0 steals, and an assist per game.
Faurie is a 5-8 guard who has helped Liberty Hill to a 109-10 record over her first three seasons with the team, leading runs to the 2015 and 2016 4A State semifinals and 2017 4A state championship game.
She has racked up a District Newcomer of the Year award, two first-team all-district selections, a District Offensive MVP award, two all-regions, two all-state honors, and four different all-tournament team selections including last year’s state tournament team. Faurie averaged 17.4 points on .540 shooting from the floor during last year’s run to the state finals.
“I am incredibly excited about what these two players will bring to our program,” said Wilson. “I know that they will leave a lasting impression here at Tarleton State University.”