BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech Head Coach Kenny brooks announced the signing of three exceptional young women to the Hokies program; Charlise Dunn, Carleigh Wenzel and Maddie Vejsicky.
âI am thrilled to sign three exceptional basketball players, but more importantly, three young women who embody the culture of our women’s basketball program,â said Brooks. âAs we were building this class, we focused on players who work extremely hard, fit our system, and have a winning mindset. Maddie, Charlise and Carleigh are all versatile players with basketball IQs. high and skills that will make us very dangerous on the perimeter. I’m so excited that these three young women are part of the Hokie Nation! “
Dunn, a guard, is an Australian from Victoria, competes for the Knox Raiders and attends Lake Ginninderra High School. She has represented her nation at youth level since 2018, when she helped the U-15 Australian Sapphires in the Oceania playoffs win gold as she was named the tournament’s MVP. In 2019, Dunn adapted for the U-17 Australian Gems in Oceania playoffs as the team took home gold. She also won calls for the U-16 and U-17 teams in 2020 for the Asia qualifiers and the World Cup that were not contested due to COVID-19.
Most recently, Dunn and the U-19 Australia Gems won silver at the World Cup in 2021.
She is the ninth international player in the category according to World Wide Hoops.
âCharlise is a special player because of her ability to play multiple positions,â Brooks said of Dunn. âAt her size, her ability to pass the ball and score in various ways will result in a lot of shifts. Charlise is a very experienced player and has competed at the highest level as a member of several Australian national teams. add another Australian to the group! “
Wenzel, a 6-foot guard from San Antonio, Texas, attends preparation at Antonian College and competes for his club San Antonio’s Finest.
During her prep career at O’Connor High School, she played two seasons scoring over 1,000 points with a career-high 37 in the first round of the playoffs of her second season. Wenzel was named Newcomer Express News of the Year in her debut season and the team’s offensive MVP the following season. With Antonian, Wenzel reached the 1,500 point plateau and won a plethora of accolades; TAPPS All-State, TAPPS Academic All-State, TABC All-Region, TABC All-State and was named a member of the Super Team San Antonio Express News.
Wenzel has played for his club San Antonio’s Finest since fourth year and is mentored by coach Ray Caldwell. The team won the Adidas 3SSB tournament and was a member of the 3SSB tournament all-star team.
She is a four star talent, ranked 94 according to ESPN HoopGurlz. The 44e-The highest rated player in the class of 2022, Wenzel is the tenth highest rated goalkeeper.
âCarleigh is a sniper who plays with confident flair. She can shoot the ball in a variety of ways and has exceptional range,â said Brook. “She played an important role in one of the best AAU teams I’ve seen this summer. I can’t wait to see the impact she will have on our program.”
Vejsicky is a 6 foot shooting guard from New Concord, Ohio who plays for Ohio Future. Winner of a three-year letter to Newark High School, she was named to the conference’s first team, won MVP honors in the Title Nine tournament, and led her team to an appearance in a State Final Four match. and championship.
She has a personal best of 10 to 3 points in one game and holds the program record of 3 points in one season.
Dan Olson of Collegiate Basketball Report ranks 106 nationally and 20e at his post.
âMaddie is a very talented combination guard who will add depth to our roster group,â said Brooks. “Maddie is a knockdown shooter with astute ball handling skills. Her work ethic and winning mentality immediately impressed me during the recruiting process. Maddie will be a great addition to our backcourt.”