Nov 14, 2012 5:23 PM by Tulane Sports Information
While the Tulane University women's basketball team is just two games into the 2012-13 season, the Green Wave have added three student-athletes for next year as Paije Hall, Courtnie Latham and Leslie Vorpahl signed National Letters of Intent with the program on Wednesday, head coach Lisa Stockton announced on the first day of the NCAA's Early Signing Period.
At 6-2, Hall will bring size to the team from her forward position while Latham (5-9) and Vorpahl (5-5) are shooting and point guards, respectively. The three incoming freshmen will join the Tulane program next season when they are expected to join 10 returning letterwinners from the current squad.
"We are very excited about this outstanding recruiting class," Stockton said. "All three young ladies come from successful high school programs as well as strong summer teams. They are proven winners and excellent students. Their passion for basketball and excitement for the Tulane program are even more reasons for optimism for our future."
Hall, who is the No. 7 rated player in the Louisiana 2-13 Top 10 by BallnPrepGirls.com, is a familiar name to Green Wave fans as her father, Carl "Nickie" Hall, quarterbacked the Tulane football team to a pair of bowl games during his career from 1977-80 while her uncle, Charlie Hall, was an All-American defensive lineman who went on to play professionally with the Jacksonville Sharks of the old World Football League.
She comes to Tulane from St. Thomas More in Lafayette where she has helped the Cougars to a combined 56-5 overall record a pair of undefeated district titles and consecutive state championships. Hall helped guide St. Thomas More to a 26-2 record a 6-0 mark in District 4-5A play as a sophomore in 2010-11 and was instrumental in the Cougars' 30-2 showing with an 8-0 performance in District 5-4A action last year.
Hall claimed second-team all-district honors both seasons and averaged 15.0 points per game in district play a year ago. She also pulled down a career-high 22 rebounds in the Cougars' state semifinal win over Benton.
In addition to her prep career, Hall is a member of the Kenner Angels club team. In her final year with the program, she helped the Angels win the 2012 AAU 11th Grade National Championship.
"Paije provides a strong inside presence and a toughness that will strengthen our defense," Stockton said. "Her athleticism and competitiveness will help her make the transition to the college game. It is always nice to keep the Tulane bloodlines going by adding another Hall to the Tulane roster."