Nov. 14, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Missouri State women's basketball program received its sixth and final National Letter of Intent Monday (Nov. 14), head coach Nyla Milleson announced. Prep standouts Hillary Chvatal, Tori Henderson, Alex Hillyer, Mikala McGhee, Nicole Smallwood and Tyonna Snow will all be freshmen for the 2012-13 season.
"This is a very talented class that meets all of our needs," Milleson said of this year's recruiting crop. "Obviously we're replacing a very successful and talented group of seniors, but as this class grows and matures we feel they will carry on the Lady Bear tradition."
Hillary Chvatal • 6-2 • F/C • Atwood, Kan. • Rawlins County High
Chvatal (pronounced QUAW-tle, rhymes with bottle) hails from Atwood, Kan., where she led the state in rebounding each of the last two seasons playing for Rawlins County High School. As a junior, the 6-foot-2 Chvatal led Kansas in scoring as well at 25.1 points per game, while her 17.7 rebounding average led the state by 3.8 and ranked 15th nationally. She earned first-team all-state honors in Class 2A from both the media and coaches during the 2010-11 season, adding 3.4 blocks to rank sixth in the state and 1.6 steals per contest. Chvatal was a second-team all-state choice as a sophomore, posting a state-high 13.7 rebounds along with 17.5 points (19th) and 2.8 blocks per game. She earned all-state honorable mention laurels as a freshman, and is a three-time all-Northwest Kansas League first-team selection in volleyball. Her 970 career rebounds have easily surpassed the previous school record of 578, and she sits second in career points and free throws.
Tori Henderson • 6-0 • F • Euless, Texas • Trinity High
The nation's 30th-ranked post player according to ESPN's HoopGurlz.com, Henderson is a two-year starter for Trinity High in Euless, Texas. A first-team all-district selection for both on-court and academic performance as a junior, the 6-foot Henderson averaged 13 points and eight rebounds per game as the team's MVP.
Alex Hillyer • 6-3 • F/C • Eureka, Mo. • Eureka High
Hillyer checks in as the nation's No. 45 ranked post on HoopGurlz and the 2011-12 season will be her third as a starting post player for Eureka High outside St. Louis. The 6-3 post was the Suburban West Conference Player of the Year as a junior, helping the Wildcats to a 20-7 record. Hillyer posted averages of 20.2 points, 3.4 blocks and 10 rebounds while passing the 1,000-point scoring mark for her career. She was a first-team all-conference and all-district pick as a sophomore after averaging 11 points, 3.4 blocks and 6.2 rebounds, and an honorable mention all-conference choice as a freshman with averages of 6.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. Hillyer owns Eureka High records for blocks in a game (9), season (93) and career (246), as well as season records of 164 free throws made a 545 points scored, both set during her junior campaign.
Mikala McGhee • 5-11 • G • Bridgeton, Mo. • Pattonville High
A three-sport star at Pattonville High in the St. Louis area, McGhee has excelled not only in basketball but soccer and softball as well during her prep career. On the hardwood, the 5-11 athlete is rated as the No. 67 wing according to HoopGurlz. As a junior, she collected second-team all-state, first-team all-conference, third-team all-metro and North County Athlete of the Year honors after averaging 17 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and 3.7 assists while surpassing the 1,000-point scoring mark for her career. McGhee was a first-team all-conference pick as a sophomore and led the Suburban North Conference in scoring as a freshman with 15 points per game to go with eight rebounds, three steals and 2.6 assists. She is a three-time all-conference and 2011 first-team all-state pick in soccer while receiving interest from several Division I schools, and a four-time first-team all-conference selection on the softball diamond. McGhee was the subject of an episode of the MTV show "Made" during her sophomore year of high school. The episode can be viewed here.
Nicole Smallwood • 5-8 • G • Flower Mound, Texas • Flower Mound High
Smallwood's senior season will be her second as the full-time starting shooting guard for Flower Mound High School outside Dallas. Smallwood was an all-district selection as a junior, averaging 12 points, three rebounds and two assists per game while connecting on 79-percent of her free throw attempts and 46-percent on field goals. She averaged eight points, two boards and two assists as a sophomore, and 5-1-2 in those categories her freshman season.
Tyonna Snow • 5-10 • G • Blue Springs, Mo. • Blue Springs High
The younger sister of Missouri State sophomore forward Bry Snow, Tyonna is the nation's 85th-ranked guard according to HoopGurlz and begins her third season as a full-time starter for Blue Springs High this winter. Snow has helped the Wildcats to three consecutive Missouri Class 5A state runner-up finishes and a 57-5 record the last two seasons. An all-state, all-conference and all-district selection as a junior after posting averages of 14 points and six rebounds per game, Snow has been the Blue Springs High defensive player of the year the past three years.