August 1, 2017 > East Bay women add Pepperdine guard Kayla Blair
East Bay women add Pepperdine guard Kayla Blair
Submitted By Steve Connolly
Cal State East Bay head womenÕs basketball coach Shanele Stires has announced the addition of 5Õ9Ó guard Kayla Blair (Fairfield, Calif.), who will transfer from Pepperdine University to compete as a junior for the Pioneers in 2017-18.
ÒI have had a tremendous relationship with Kayla, her high school coach, and her family for a number of years,Ó noted Stires. ÒI recruited Kayla when I coached at USF, and she chose Pepperdine. This opportunity to coach her is a rare second chance to share in the journey of a passionate and hard-working basketball player.Ó
Blair spent the last two seasons with the Division I Waves, competing in all 61 of the teamÕs games. During that time, she made 23 starts while averaging 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. Blair finished fourth on the team with 27 steals as a freshman, and she scored a career-high 17 points in a game against Santa Clara last February.
Prior to that, she was standout prep player at Vanden High School in her hometown of Fairfield. Blair led the Vikings to four straight Solano County Athletic Conference titles, and captained the program to its first ever 30-win season and Sac Joaquin Section championship as a senior. She scored over 1,000 points in her high school career and was named SCAC Most Valuable Player and Fairfield City Player of the Year in each of her final two seasons.
ÒKayla quickly hit it off with our team on her visit, and she will give us terrific experience coming from the West Coast Conference,Ó Stires added. ÒWe will look to her experience as a seasoned Division I player and an incoming junior to give us leadership on the court and in the locker room. Kayla is selfless, hard-working, tough, and wants to prove that she can play with the best. Her versatility, ability to shoot the three, get the ball to the rim, and defend multiple positions on the floor make her a Ôswiss army knife.Õ We are thrilled to have her join our family here at East Bay.Ó
Blair adds an impressive injection of talent to a CSUEB program coming off back-to-back California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) championships, and she bolsters an incoming class for the Pioneers that already includes two of the top junior college players on the West Coast in Gabby Vigil and Savannah McGill.