San Diego, California - San Diego State women’s basketball head coach Stacie Terry has bolstered the Aztec roster this summer with the recent addition of newcomers McKynzie Fort (Fontana) and Kym Ellison (Columbus, Georgia). Fort is an incoming freshman who will be able to compete for SDSU immediately, while Ellison arrives on Montezuma Mesa from Georgia Tech and will have two years of eligibility left, beginning with the 2015-16 campaign.
“We are thrilled to welcome two exceptional students and remarkably talented basketball players to our program,” Terry said. “Each is an important addition, giving our team increased depth at the perimeter position.”
A prep star at Etiwanda High School, Fort captured all-CIF honors and was named Baseline League most valuable player during her senior season in 2013-14 after helping the Eagles win their conference championship and secure a spot in the Open Division semifinals. A 5-foot-9 point guard, Fort averaged a team-high 15.4 points per game, connecting on 54 percent of her shots from the floor. She also contributed 4.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.3 steals per contest as Etiwanda High advanced to the Southern Region finals of the CIF state tournament. An all-area selection by the Los Angeles Times, Fort was listed as a four-star recruit by ESPN Hoopgurlz and was rated 95th overall and 24th at her position by the website. She plans to pursue a degree in business or kinesiology at San Diego State.
“McKynzie brings great energy and a well-rounded skill set to the court,” Terry said. “Her speed and passion will enhance our team's intensity at both ends of the floor.”
Ellison, meanwhile, is a 5-foot-7 combo guard who appeared in 15 games over the past two seasons at Georgia Tech after graduating in 2012 from Hardaway High School in Columbus, Georgia, where she scored over 1,000 points during her prep career. Ellison, who served as team captain all four years, led the Hawks with 15.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.1 steals per game as a senior in 2011-12, earning class 4A all-state honorable mention by the Georgia Sports Writers Association.
“Kym’s experience and leadership will help our young backcourt,” Terry said. “Her perimeter shooting will assist in spreading the floor and balancing our offensive attack.”
A versatile athlete, Ellison was also an all-area honoree in both volleyball and tennis at Hardaway High and won multiple letters in soccer. In addition, she has excelled in the classroom, earning a spot on the Dean’s List during the spring of 2013 at Georgia Tech. Ellison intends to pursue her undergraduate degree in business at SDSU.
Season tickets are on sale now for the Aztec women’s basketball team, starting at just $60. Tickets may be purchased at wwww.goaztecs.com, Qualcomm Stadium Window ‘E’ from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by calling 619-283-7378 (SDSU).