University of Oklahoma women’s basketball signed two top prospects to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Sherri Coale announced Wednesday.
The Sooners will welcome guard Chelsea Dungee (Sapulpa, Okla./Sapulpa HS) and center Nancy Mulkey (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods HS) to their squad for the 2016-17 season.
Dungee is a 5-11 guard who is rated 16th at her position, and No. 60 overall by ESPN HoopGurlz. She averaged a team-high 16.5 points per game during her junior season for Sapulpa High School, leading her team to the first round of the Oklahoma state playoffs.
As a sophomore at Preston (Okla.) High School, Dungee led her squad to the Oklahoma Class 2A state title while averaging 25.9 points and 5.3 assists per game. She also won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championships.
"Chelsea is a strong, athletic guard who can score the basketball in a variety of ways,” Coale said. “We fell in love with her competitive zeal, but I think it’s her passion for the game and her hunger to learn that give her such a chance to be special.”
Mulkey is considered one of the best centers in the nation, rated the No. 1 post in the 2016 class and No. 12 overall by ESPN HoopGurlz. The 6-9 center averaged 10.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game as a junior to earn all-state honors, leading Cypress Woods (Texas) High School to its first state championship in program history.
She has also won two gold medals with USA Basketball, helping Team USA to first-place finishes at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championships and the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championships.
“Nancy has a chance to be a game-changer,” Coale said of OU’s tallest signee in program history. “Her size is obviously an asset on both ends of the floor, but I think what gets lost sometimes in the conversations about her is her skill set. She is a good passer, a better than average ball handler, and she is very capable of knocking down jump shots from 10 to 12 feet. She has such a high ceiling as a basketball player, but more importantly, she is a great fit for our team and our mission.”