ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Head Coach Yvonne Sanchez and the University of New Mexico women’s basketball program has announced three signees for the early signing period; Jayda Bovero, Kenya Pye and Tori Henderson. Bovero and Pye are currently beginning their senior seasons of high school while Henderson will transfer to the Lobos from Missouri State University.
“We are excited about adding all three of these early signees to our program. All three can come in and make an impact in the program right away. Jayda, Kenya and Tori have all shown they are excellent all-around student-athletes, which is important to our program,” said Head Coach Yvonne Sanchez.
Jayda Bovero – 5’11” Guard – Syracuse High School – Syracuse, Utah
Jayda Bovero is one of the two high school senior signees for the Lobos. She is a decorated player at multiple levels. Bovero was a Team USA U-16 Trials participant and is rated as the top wing player in the state of Utah by ESPN HoopsGurlz. She was also included on ESPN’s Top 100 players to watch. Her prep accolades include helping Syracuse High to a 5A state championship in 2011-12. As a junior last season, Bovero averaged 11.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 3.1 steals per game.
“Jayda is a very aggressive guard. She is a good rebounder and an excellent three-point shooter. She played at a very high level in high school and in club basketball. Like all of our signees, I expect her to come in and help us right away.”
Kenya Pye – 5’8” Guard – Maclay High School – Tallahassee, Florida
Kenya Pye is the other high school senior signee for Coach Sanchez and the Lobos in the early signing period. She is the daughter of Florida State great Glenda Stokes, who scored 1,000 points and grabbed 938 rebounds in her Seminole career (1979-83). Pye was a Florida 3A All-State Team member while also earning Florida 3A Player of the Year honors. She averaged 15.5 points, 2.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game last season while upping her scoring to 21 points per game in the state playoffs.
“Kenya comes from a great basketball family with her mother being one of the best players in Florida State Seminole history. She has a really nice pull-up game. Kenya is an excellent defender and one of the hardest workers on the court. She can make an impact for us on both ends of the court.”
Tori Henderson – 6’1” Forward – Missouri State University – Euless, Texas
Tori Henderson will join the Lobos after spending one season with the Missouri State Bears. She made the jump to Division I after a decorated prep career at Trinity High in the Dallas area. Henderson was rated as the 33rd forward in the 2011-12 recruiting class by ESPN HoopsGurlz after averaging 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game as a senior. She set a record with a 30-point and a 33-point game in the Northeast Richland Lions Tournament. She was also a McDonald’s High School All-American nominee. She will become eligible for New Mexico in December of 2014.
“Tori will be a big asset for us because she comes in with Division I experience. She has a great build that allows her to play inside while still being able to step outside to shoot. That ability to stretch the defense makes her dynamic. She will be a big asset for us in the post as Whitney (Johnson) will be gone on her Mormon mission.”
Coach Sanchez and the Lobos will host the Texas Longhorns on Tuesday, November 19th at 7 p.m. in The Pit.