LAIE, Hawaii (May 16, 2014) – The BYU-Hawaii women's basketball team added two more signees recently, both from Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Arizona with point guard Celeste Claw and post player Emily Nelson.
"We are proud to have both Celeste and Emily join our Seasider Ohana," head coach Craig Stanger said. "Both are great individuals and student athletes. They will be immediate impact players for us."
Claw is a 5-foot-4 point guard from Page, Arizona. A starting point guard for Chandler-Gilbert, Claw led the Arizona Community Colleges in assists per game with seven, was eighth in the league in 3-point percentage (34 percent) and 15th in scoring at 13.4 points per game.
"Celeste is a veteran traditional point guard who distributes the ball very well", Stanger said. "She understands the game, sees the floor exceptionally well and makes those around her better. She thrives on getting the ball to her teammates so they can be successful. She also has the ability to break down defenses and score.
She started at point as a varsity player in high school and took her team to the state title game twice, winning it in 2012 and earned various All-Region and All-State honors.
Nelson, a 6-foot-4 product of Mesa, Arizona, garnering some Division I interest with her size will give the Seasiders another big weapon down low.
"We are excited to have Emily," Stanger said. She will provide immediate defensive presence inside as well as more offensive rebounding strength. She runs the floor well and is active around the basket. She will draw attention, thus opening up more space for our perimeter shooters."
Nelson graduated from Skyline High School in 2012, playing for three years there. At Chandler-Gilbert she was the starting center and helped take the squad to the playoffs amidst the team's best conference finish in six seasons.
Having only been playing since high school, Nelson has natural ability and despite limited minutes and a rapid learning curve, she led the Chandler-Gilbert in blocks and was one of their top rebounders at nearly 5.5 boards per game.