Cierra Warren Joins The Aztec Women's Basketball Team
April 12, 2012
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State women's basketball head coach Beth Burns announced Thursday that Cierra Warren (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) is transferring to the Aztecs from Louisville. Warren, a 6-foot-4 center, will be able to play for SDSU beginning with the 2013-14 season.
"We highly recruited Cierra out of high school and when she decided to return to the West Coast, we were excited to be in her mix," Burns said. "Cierra is a next-level center, who will improve our team in practice next season and impact us the following fall."
Warren originally signed with North Carolina coming out of high school, competing in all 31 games in 2009-10 for the Tar Heels, who advanced to the NCAA tournament. She shot 48.5 percent the field and reached double-figures in scoring on four occasions. Warren then transferred to Louisville, redshirting in 2010-11, before appearing in 22 contests and starting 10 times this past year.
"I wanted to be closer to home and be in a family-type environment with both my teammates and the coaching staff," said Warren about her decision to attend SDSU. "I've known the coaches since I was in high school and I have a great comfort level with them. Plus, I've been to campus many times before and it's just a beautiful place to be."
As a prep, Warren was rated the 31st-best player in America and the No. 10 post player by Hoopgurlz.com, and was also tabbed the 18th-best recruit nationally by the All-Star Girls Report. She was a two-time league MVP at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., averaging over 18 points and eight rebounds per outing as a senior. Warren played club basketball during the summer for Cal Sparks Gold under coach Elbert Kinnebrew.
The daughter of Margaret Warren, her uncle, Darryl Warren, played for the Aztec football team, earning a letter in 1989. She is slated to enroll in classes at San Diego State this summer and is planning on majoring in communications.