Curtis Adds Sarah Weiler to 2007-08 Recruiting Class
Friday, May 18, 2007

SHREVEPORT -- Centenary women’s basketball head coach Steve Curtis is pleased to announce the signing of Sarah Weiler to a National Letter of Intent for the 2007-08 season.

A 6-foot-3 center from Yucca Valley High School, in Yucca Valley, Calif., Weiler was named all-conference both of her high school seasons, helping the Trojans to the 2007 De Anza League Championship and an undefeated 12-0 conference record.

A big addition to the 2007-08 class, coach Curtis now has four signees for next season.

"We are very excited to have Sarah join our program," Curtis said of the center. "It is rare for a person of her size to be able to pass and shoot as well as she does. She has a bright future on-and-off the court."

In her senior season, Weiler averaged 12.6 points and a league-leading 10.4 rebounds per game for Yucca Valley. Playing in the California High School Division 3A, she was named first team All-De Anza League this past season, named to the second team in a shortened junior season.

What makes Weiler’s situation so unique is her journey to Yucca Valley.

Born in Shenzhen, China and previously residing in Guangzhou, Weiler arrived in the United States in 2005.

Once with Yucca Valley, Weiler had to adjust to not only a different lifestyle in America, but also playing a different position on the court, specifically adjusting to playing in the post.

While playing five seasons at the Guangzhou Sports Academy in China, Weiler played point guard. With little experience playing in the post, she underwent an adjustment period when starting with Yucca Valley in January 2006, according to Trojan head coach Jess Geeson.

"Having spent her previous five years of basketball playing at a Chinese Sports Academy, it took her awhile to understand not only the English language but also the nuances of playing a new position on a new team," Geeson said of Weiler. "The start of her senior season showed she was a quick learner. She is fundamentally sound and her work ethic and focused demeanor will be appreciated by all of the Centenary basketball fans who see her play."

Geeson also lamented on how Sarah’s skill set is so unique due to her previous training in China and her experience as a point guard. Only having played in the post for a year-and-a-half, Geeson says Weiler is still getting better as a center, almost improving on a daily basis.

Weiler is part of a recruiting class which also features two forwards and a guard. Forwards Ashley Jackson of Shreveport and Anne Farrell of Tulsa, Okla. have previously signed with the Ladies, joined by guard Karolina Zaloga of Olsztyn, Poland.