Nov. 15, 2012
CHICAGO - Head coach Eric Simpson has announced the signing of wings Bailey Farley (Ft. Wayne, Ind./Canterbury) and Tiana Karopulos (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew), guard Taylor Nazon (Chicago, Ill./Trinity) and post Cate Soane (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) to a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period. The four student-athletes will be eligible to compete starting with the 2013-14 season.
"Our entire coaching staff has high expectations for this class," said Simpson. "We have targeted the Chicagoland area and the State of Indiana as critical territory to our recruiting success and we are extremely excited to sign these four young ladies. We know that Bailey, Cate, Taylor and Tiana will represent themselves, their families and Loyola in a first-class manner and it is with great excitement that we welcome them to the Loyola basketball family today."
Ft. Wayne, Ind. Canterbury
Averaged 18.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game as a junior while shooting 65% from the floor and 37% from three-point range ... Enters final season with 1,208 career points ... Part of state champion teams her freshman and junior years ... Indiana Junior All-Star pick her junior year ... Two-time All-State selection by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association ... Also named to the all-Northeast Indiana first team two consecutive seasons ... Preseason First Team All-State honoree this year by Hoosier Basketball Magazine ... Chosen as a preseason participant for the Hoosier Basketball North/South All-Star Game ... Plays for Canterbury High School for head coach Scott Kreiger ... Plays AAU with the Speice Gym Rats coached by her father, Gil Farley.
Simpson on Bailey: "You have to love Bailey's intensity on the court and her passion for the game. She is a big guard who has shown versatility in her ability to score both off the dribble and in catch-and-shoot situations and she will become at least the fifth Rambler to have won a high school state title."
Tinley Park, Ill. Andrew
Versatile wing player who can score from the perimeter or in the paint ... Listed among Chicago Sun-Times Top 50 Players for 2012-13 season ... Honorable Mention All-State last season by the Champaign News-Gazette and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association ... Also a Special Mention All-State pick from the Chicago Tribune ... Three-time all-conference selection ... Two-time participant at the Michael T. White FILA Top Ten All-America Camp ... Tremendous athlete who is also a three-time state qualifier and two-time regional champion in cross country ... Qualified for the 2011 state meet in the mile and 4x800m relay in track and field ... Also lettered in tennis last year ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Plays at Andrew High School for head coach Bob Matz and is a member of the Chicago X-Citement AAU program under Xavier Walton ... AAU teammate of fellow Loyola signee Taylor Nazon.
Simpson on Tiana: "Tiana is a high-energy player that is always active on both ends of the floor. Offensively, she has the ability to shoot the ball from behind the arc, will attack the basket off the dribble and is an excellent finisher in transition and she also plays with great intensity on the defensive end."
Chicago, Ill. Trinity
Athletic combo guard who can both handle the ball as well as score ... Listed as one of the Top 50 Players in Chicagoland by the Chicago Sun-Times ... Averaged 13 points per game last season while also affecting games with her defense and passing ability ... Enters senior season with over 1,000 points, 300 assists and 250 steals ... Helped Trinity to a 30-2 record last season with both losses to eventual state champion Whitney Young ... Three-time all-conference performer ... Named Girls Catholic Athletic Conference (GCAC) Freshman of the Year after the 2009-10 season ... Two-time Honorable Mention All-State recipient from the Champaign News-Gazette ... Also twice named Honorable Mention All-Area by the Chicago Sun-Times ... Member of National Honor Society and National French Honor Society ... Plays high school ball at Trinity for head coach Ed Stritzel and member of the Chicago X-Citement AAU club under Xavier Walton ... AAU teammate of fellow Loyola signee Tiana Karopulos.
Simpson on Nazon: "Taylor is a hard-nosed competitor that has been a lineup staple for a dominant Trinity program for the last three years. She is a true combo guard that is comfortable as the primary ball-handler or playing off the ball, has the ability to pressure the basketball on the perimeter and will be comfortable playing an up-tempo brand of basketball."
Glen Ellyn, Ill. Glenbard West
Versatile post player who has improved every season ... Averaged nine points and five rebounds per game last season and was leading shot blocker in DuPage County ... Earned all-conference and honorable mention all-area honors last season ... Voted team's most valuable player last season ... Member of all-star team at the US Junior National Gateway Challenge and Summer Final events during the summer ... Plays high school basketball at Glenbard West for head coach Mike Hofland and is a member of the Illinois Rockets AAU team under Drew Ondik.
Simpson on Soane: "I could not be more excited to add a player and athlete of Cate's caliber to our roster at Loyola. Her addition will give our program added athleticism and versatility in the frontcourt and she is extremely mobile and comfortable running the floor in transition. At 6-foot-3, Cate's length and leaping ability make her an asset defensively and on the boards and I believe she has tremendous upside offensively as she continues to develop her skills around the basket and at the high post."