A third Loera sister will play NCAA Division I basketball: Moses Lake senior-to-be Jamie Loera has given Arizona State an oral commitment.
The 5-foot-9 ½ combination guard chose ASU over Washington, Washington State, Gonzaga and Santa Clara. She had a scholarship offer from Santa Clara while the other schools told her they planned to follow her at club tournaments this month.
Loera, who attended a camp at ASU about two weeks ago, short-circuited that plan over the weekend.
“I love the players, love the coaches and love the city,” Loera said. “It felt like home there. It was a gut feeling.”
Loera’s oldest sister, Jordan, played at Oregon and graduated in June 2016. The middle sister, Jessie, will be a sophomore this fall at Gonzaga.
She averaged 18 points, seven rebounds, four steals and four assists in her third year starting last winter, leading Moses Lake to fifth at state. Moses Lake took fourth her sophomore year and fifth her freshman season.
“Just like I told Charli (ASU coach Charli Turner Thorne), she’s an awesome kid on and off the court,” Loera’s club coach, Spokane Stars’ Ron Adams, said. “She doesn’t have any weakness. She’s really good defensively, highly intelligent, a great passer and has great shooting range.”
Loera said she felt a pull to stay closer to home.
“I just feel like ASU is more me,” said Loera, who carries a 3.9 grade-point average.
Loera is the fifth Stars player to play at ASU. Briann January (Lewis and Clark), Emily Westerberg (Central Valley), Aubree Johnson (Post Falls) and Reagan Pariseau (CV) played for Adams.
January is an assistant at ASU.
“Stars players have been very successful at ASU,” Adams said.
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