Women's Hoops Signs Prep, JUCO Standouts|
April 24, 1998
LOS ANGELES -- Guard Camille Norwood from Washington High in Los Angeles and forward Aimee Copp from Fullerton (Calif.) College signed letters of intent with USC, women's basketball coach Chris Gobrecht announced today.
"Both Camille and Aimee are exciting signings," Gobrecht said, "and represent help in our greatest areas of need - ball handling and rebounding.
"I believe Camille will be an impact player in the Pac-10 at some point in her career and yet few people knew about her. She understands the game of basketball and the whole time she's on the court, she has the skills to carry out whatever is necessary.
"Aimee has an excellent basketball body. She's strong, aggressive and jumps well. She has good hands and a nice shot. She brings maturity and great rebounding to the team and will really help on the frontline."
The 5-8 Norwood was a 1998 Street and Smith All-American honorable mention and All-City Section 4-A first team selection as a senior and was named 1998 L.A. Times Central City Player of the Year. She averaged 24.5 points per game as a senior and led Washington to the City Section 4-A playoffs.
Norwood, the MVP of the Watts Summer Games in 1996, competed in the high jump as a junior in 1997 and finished third at the City Section 4-A meet with a jump of 5-foot-6. Norwood also played softball as a freshman in 1995.
The 6-1 Copp earned 1998 Orange Empire Conference first team honors and averaged 16.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while leading Fullerton College to a 27-9 mark, a conference title and a quarterfinal appearance in the California State Juco Tournament. Copp's 334 rebounds in 1998 set a Fullerton College record.
Copp spent her first two years at Fullerton playing under then-head coach and former USC All-Pac-10 performer Joni Easterly. Copp was a reserve as a 1996 freshman and redshirted in 1997. She didn't start playing basketball until her senior year at Fullerton (Calif.) High School because of an illness.
The signing of Norwood and Copp gives USC four new players for the 1998-99 season. USC signed guard Tiffany Elmore from Florin High in Sacramento, Calif., and forward Carmen Krause from Prescott (Ariz.) High during the early signing period last fall.