Zags Sign Melody Kempton To NLI
Nov. 13, 2017
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga women's basketball head coach Lisa Fortier announced the signing of Melody Kempton to her National Letter of Intent for the 2018-19 season today.
The six-foot-one forward is quick around the basket and in the paint. She is active on the glass and gets out quickly in transition. Kempton has length and an impressive wingspan, and fits in with an up-tempo pace. She finishes well in traffic and catches the ball well in transition. On defense, she is very versatile, and can guard a variety of positions. ESPN ranks her 96th overall in her class and the 20th best forward in the country.
Her team went 21-4 and 6-1 in conference play last season. She was voted the 5A Inland Empire League Player of the Year for the third consecutive season after averaging 15 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game. She added to that 3.2 steals per game, 2.3 assists per game, and 2.1 blocks per game, while shooting 60 percent from the field.
She was one of five members of the 5A All-Idaho Team and named the North Idaho Female Athlete of the Year, along with the North Idaho Female Basketball Player of the Year. Kempton was selected First Team All-State in 2017 and Second Team All-State in 2016. She was named All-Inland Northwest Second Team and a McDonald’s All-American Game nominee.
“As a kid, I grew up watching the Gonzaga women play basketball and never thought I could be playing for them,” Kempton said. “I have always loved Gonzaga and the hometown, community atmosphere. The coaches and players made me feel very welcome the second I stepped on campus. It is obvious the team is like a family. I am so excited to be a part of the program and can't wait to get out there.”
After her season with Post Falls HS finished, she led the region team to an 84-73 win over Metro in the Jack Blair Memorial game. She scored 12 points and had 11 rebounds, and was named the game’s MVP. Kempton averaged 13.8 points per game and 10 rebounds per game her sophomore season. She is a three-time Idaho High Jump State Champion, a Triple-Jump Champion, and the reigning North Idaho Female Track Athlete of the Year. Kempton maintains a perfect 4.0 GPA and has been named the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year twice, and is a three-year scholar-athlete.
“Melody is going to be a great Zag,” Fortier said. “She has one of the best motors I have seen in a long time. She is both explosive and skilled around the basket, and able to step out to the three, which makes her a prototypical forward for us. She is going to be able to guard any position and fits into our up-tempo style. We can’t wait to coach her!”
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