MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State women’s basketball ninth-year head coach Brady Sallee announced the signing of four players to national letters of intent during the early signing period, which opened Nov. 11.
Ally Becki (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg High School), Makenna Burch (Tulsa, Okla., Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College/Jenks High School, Marie Kiefer (Melbourne, Ky./Bishop Brossart High School) and Jazmyn Turner (Marion, Ind./Wabash Valley Community College/Marion High School) are set to join the Cardinals for the 2021-22 campaign.
“The addition of these four young ladies to our Ball State family have us thrilled for our future,” said Sallee. “Their collective talent is through the roof and I believe the impact they will have on our program from day one will be significant!”
Becki, a 5-9 guard from Brownsburg High School, starts her senior season as the No. 2-point guard in the state of Indiana for the class of 2021 according to Scouting Indiana. She was also recently named to the All-USA Central Indiana girls basketball preseason Super First Team.
The IndyStar Miss Basketball contender is projected to take Brownsburg High School on another run for a IHSAA state title. Becki has helped lead the Bulldogs to their second sectional title in three years while also notching 20 wins for the second-straight year.
Becki has been successful from the start of her high school career, earning a spot on the varsity squad as a true freshman. She averaged 11.7 points, 2.7 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game in her debut season for the Bulldogs. As a sophomore, Becki managed to score 13.4 points per game, while dishing out 4.4 assists and pulling down 5.5 rebounds per contest. She also received the All-State Underclassman Subway Award in each of her first two seasons with the Bulldogs.
Becki continued to make a strong presence on the court her junior year with her highest rebounding average yet, at 7.2 per game, while also scoring 11.5 points per game. For her play, Becki was tabbed Subway Supreme 15 and selected to the junior All-Star team. A three-time All-Hendricks County award winner, Becki was also a member of the 2018-19 IndyStar girls basketball preseason Super Team.
Her play helped lead Brownsburg to a 4A No. 6 IHSAA State ranking last year and a regional title. Becki dropped a career-high 33 points, 10 rebounds, five assists along with two blocks and one steal in Brownsburg’s 77-52 victory over New Palestine in the semi-finals of the IHSAA Decatur Central regional on Feb. 15, 2020.
Sallee on Becki:
“I believe we signed the best player in the state of Indiana in Ally! Her motor is incredible, her basketball IQ is second to none and her ability to make everyone around her better is what you want to see from a PG! She will fit perfectly into our system and we look for big, big things, from Ally!”
Burch, a 5-8 guard from Tulsa, Okla., will join the Cardinals’ family next fall after transferring from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. The Collegiate Girls Basketball Report has Burch tabbed as the No. 8 best (JUCO) junior college freshman and the third best guard.
Prior to Oklahoma A&M College, Burch was a high school standout for the Jenks Trojans. The highly decorated player earned OGBCA (Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association) All-State First Team honors as a senior. She was tabbed as the top guard in the state back-to-back seasons, after winning the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Ms. Outside honor.
A First Team All-Frontier Conference recipient and voted the MVP for the Trojans, Burch was ranked the No. 2 guard in the state of Oklahoma by Prepscouting.net and was No. 5 overall.
Burch was a scoring threat for Jenks Trojans her junior year, scoring the most points in Oklahoma 6A Girls Basketball, after finishing with 404 points that year while averaging 20.2 points per contest. It comes to no surprise that Burch is also a member of the Jenks High School 1,000-point club. She wrapped up her senior season averaging 16.8 points per game, 4.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals while totaling 1,151 points for her career, 357 rebounds and 142 assists.
Sallee on Burch:
“Kenna is a walking bucket plain and simple! She is the type of guard that can hurt you with or without the ball. She plays the game with an edge and I absolutely love the swagger she brings to the floor. At the end of the day, she flat out competes and I cannot wait to watch her do just that here at Ball State!”
Kiefer, a 6-3 forward from Bishop Brossart High School, led the Mustangs to a 24-6 record last year while averaging 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks per game. Not only is Kiefer’s inside game strong, but she also finds success from 3-point range, shooting 37.5 percent from behind the arc last season. Overall, she connected at a 54.3 clip from the field.
Kiefer led Bishop Brossart to the 10th Region All “A” Classic championship and a runner-up finish in the 37th District before losing in the 10th Region semifinals. Kiefer was named the 10th Region Player of the Year by the coaches association. She was also tabbed the NKAC (Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference) Division II Player of the Year by the Northern Kentucky coaches and earned third-team all-state by the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Kiefer, who is ranked as one of the top 250 best high school players in the country for the class of 2021 according to The Collegiate Girls Basketball Report will enter her senior season with the Mustangs ranked sixth on the program’s all-time career scoring list with 1,200 points. Kiefer was also the leading scorer and rebounder in 10th Region girls basketball last season.
Sallee on Kiefer:
“Marie is our kind of forward…she is long, agile and extremely versatile. She impacts the game on both ends of the floor with an ability to block shots and guard multiple positions defensively and then run the floor like a gazelle and finish at the rim or pop a 3! Marie will be a true stat stuffer here.”
Turner will join the Ball State roster next year after wrapping up her second season at Wabash Valley College. The Collegiate Girls Basketball Report has Turner tabbed as the fourth best JUCO (Junior College) player in the country prior to her return to the court. Last season, Turner was the second-highest scorer on the team, averaging 15.3 points per game. She shot a staggering 61 percent from the floor, including an impressive 55 percent from 3-point range. Turner started 30 of the Lady Warriors 32 games as a true freshman and helped Wabash Valley win the Region 24 women’s basketball championship. The program also earned a spot in the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletics Association) Division I women’s basketball tournament, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For her play, Turner was recognized as a NJCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-Star.
Prior to Wabash Valley College, Turner was a four-year letter winner at Marion High School where she played in 103 games. She tallied 1,347 career points with the Giants while averaging 13.1 points per games and 6.7 rebounds per contest. She had a breakout senior season averaging 17.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Turner shot above a 50 percent from the field in both her junior and senior seasons. An invitee to the Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 Senior workout, Turner earned All-North Central Conference First Team honors her senior year while also being named to the 2019 Chronicle-Tribune County Player of the Year.
Sallee on Turner:
“Jaz is so skilled, it is scary! She has the size, strength and length to do anything she wants to do on the court. Her versatility is special and to see the progress she has made since high school is mind boggling. Jaz wants to be a special player and we are thrilled that she is a Cardinal!”
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