SDSU Women's Basketball Signs Danesha Long to NLI

May 17, 2012

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State women's basketball head coach Beth Burns has announced the signing of Danesha Long (Long Beach, Calif.) to a National Letter of Intent. Long, who starred at Midland College the past two years in Midland, Texas, will be a junior for the Aztecs this fall.

"Danesha is a great fit for our preferred style of play and will impact our team in many ways," SDSU head coach Beth Burns said. "She is high energy, plays both ends of the court, has a million dollar smile and is a winner. The tradition of Midland College women's basketball and Coach Jones is ALL about winning the right way. Danesha has had great preparation as a Lady Chap, and we can't wait to welcome her and her family to SDSU."

Long garnered WJCAC all-conference honors and was also named to the All-Region V team in her sophomore campaign after leading the Lady Chaparrals to a 23-8 record. During the course of the year, Long averaged 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

As a freshman, Long led Midland to a 27-6 record and trip to the Region V Tournament championship game. On the season, the 5-foot-9 guard averaged 11.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for Midland en route to earning WJCAC MVP accolades as well as NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American honors.

"Danesha is what I call a zero maintenance player," Midland head coach Ron Jones said. "She comes to work every day and has great passion for the sport. It's rare that your best player works the hardest. It's very refreshing. Danesha is a high energy, very athletic player. She does everything well and is a fantastic teammate. San Diego State got a good one in Danesha."

"It feels good to be coming back home to California," Long said. "San Diego State recruited me throughout high school and it's a blessing that they want me to be a part of their program. San Diego State wants to win and knows how to win. I feel like I have a lot to offer and I can't wait to be an Aztec. I'm going to work hard and just keep getting better every day."