Nov. 16, 2012
Louisville, Ky. -
Louisville head coach Jeff Walz announced that Illinois forward Emmonnie Henderson and Illinois guard Janelle Cannon and New Jersey guard Starr Breedlove have signed national letters-of-intent to play for the University of Louisville next season.
Emmonnie Henderson, 6-1, F, Edwardsville, Ill. (Edwardsville HS)
Henderson is a 6-1 forward from Edwardsville High School. She is a two-time first-team All-State selection, Henderson averaged 15.6 points and 6.8 rebounds a game and helped her team to the Class 4-A state title game. She set a 4-A record for rebounds in a state tournament game with 20 in the semifinals.
"We are ecstatic to get a physical, dominant presence in the post," said head coach Jeff Walz. "Emmonnie possesses a multitude of skills utilizing her strength in the pain and finesse with range past the 3-point line. She has the ability to take over a game and will be a matchup problem for most power forwards. She is an ambitious young woman, in the classroom, on the court, and on the track as she is committed to pursuing a degree in Engineering and throwing shot put and discus for Coach Mann. Emmonnie is a kindred spirit that Cardinal fans will easily follow as one of their favorites."
Henderson also holds the state record in the shot put and is a standout discus thrower also. She won the state title in both last year and is ranked at No. 2 among those throwing the shot put in high school nationally.
Janelle Cannon, 5-9, G, Belleville, Ill. (Southwestern Illinois College)
Janelle Cannon is a 5-9 point guard from Southwestern Illinois College. Cannon was a three-year all-conference and all-area selection in high school. She averaged 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals as a junior and then 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals as a senior. She was second-team All-State in Illinois as a senior.
"Janelle is an explosive scorer who can play several posotions," said Walz. "She is one of the best junior college guards and has an innate ability to distribute the basketball while still remaining a potent scoring threat. She is by product of a very successful junior college program and will no doubt bring that winning mentality to Louisville. With her experience, adept craftiness and ability to knock down jumpers, I look for Janelle to have an outstanding career here."
A JUCO All-American, Cannon averaged 18.6 points, 6.5 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 4.5 steals per game as a freshman at SW Illinois.
Starr Breedlove, 5-6, G, Teaneck, N.J.
Breedlove, a point guard from Teaneck, N.J., spent last season at Trinity Valley Community College in Palestine, Texas. She helped Trinity Valley to the junior college national title. In her only season at Trinity Valley, Breedlove averaged 9.4 points, 6.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds. She is not playing team basketball this season and is attending ASA College at home, while working out with her father.
"Starr packs a powerful punch and a game suited for our up-tempo style of play. She was one of the best guards in the country out of high school and has worked to continue to refine her game. She is a bundle of excitement and a confident leader who is ready to take on the challenge of running a team. Small in stature but a big in heart - this young woman will bring her best night in and night out."