TUCSON, Ariz.--- Towering at 6-foot-8, Center Eugenie Simonet-Keller has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at the University of Arizona, becoming the tallest player to ever join the program and the fourth and final piece of the Wildcats' 2015-16 recruiting class, head coach Niya Butts announced on Tuesday.
“We are excited to add Eugenie to our 2015-16 roster,” Butts said. “She is an outstanding young lady and a joy to be around.”
“On the court, Eugenie has a lot of tools for us to work with,” added Butts. “She is mobile, has great hands and the ability to face up. Eugenie has a huge upside and strong work ethic. Our staff is excited to get in the gym with her as she continues to develop her game.”
The Le Biot, France native joins forwards Destiny Graham (Eastside College Prep, Calif.), A'Shanti Coleman (Sacred Heart Prep, Calif.), and guard Michal Miller (Michigan City High School, Ind.) to make up the promising young group.
In addition to becoming the tallest athlete to ever put on a UA uniform, she's also currently the second-tallest player in the Pac-12, just behind UCLA's Savanna Trapp, who stands at 6-foot-9. Beatrice Bofia was previously listed as the tallest player in Arizona history, as she was measured at 6-foot-7 when she joined the Wildcats for the 2006-07 season after transferring from Illinois Central College.
Simonet-Keller comes to Tucson a natural born winner, as she's been a three-time selection for the French Women's National Team, including leading the club to a national championship in 2013. She's currently listed as the tallest female of her generation born in France.
She attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and is currently ranked as the No. 72 center in this year's class according to ESPN HoopGurlz.
What the Scouts are Saying… “Low-post insider with emerging interior footwork; mobile in transition; flashes, sits in post; developing face up game to the elbow; hails from France.”