Northwest Missouri State head women's basketball coach Michael Smith used the first of his remaining scholarships for next year to land Alexandria Blaurock from Kansas City (Kan.) Community College.
Blaurock, a 5-8 guard, is Northwest's first junior college signee and the fourth overall in their 2013 recruiting class. She joins a group that already includes 5-11 forward Ashley Guenther (Independence), 6-0 forward Morgan Dittberner (Louisville, Neb.) and 5-4 guard Kena Veldhuizen (Oskaloosa, Iowa).
"She was one that wanted to be at Northwest and waited for the new coach to be dealt with," said Smith. "She called me as soon as I got hired and said 'hey, I want to be a Bearcat. Those are things I want to here. Obviously, I think she's got the game to back that up. She's going to help the program. She brings instant experience and played in a very tough Jayhawk league."
Blaurock signed her letter of intent May 31, less than three weeks after Smith was introduced as Northwest's head coach.
Interested in Northwest since high school, Blaurock stood by the Bearcats even after former coach Mark Kellogg's departure.
"One of my friend's brothers played football at Northwest and I started going to football games in ninth grade," said Blaurock on the Kansas City (Kan.) CC web site. "That interest carried right on through the basketball seasons. "I had my mind set on the school. I really like the town, watched them play, felt comfortable and thought I would fit in. Then the former coach left and I had to wait out another three weeks for them to hire a new coach so I waited and gambled that he would like me and he did."
Blaurock was named the school's Female Athlete of the Year in 2012-13 as well as the team MVP.
A second team All-Jayhawk Conference selection, Blaurock led the Blue Devils in scoring (8.9 ppg) and rebounding (6.0 rpg).
Blaurock is a native of Kansas City, Kan. and went to high school at Sumner Academy.
"She had her goals set where she wanted to play and fulfilled them," said KCKCC coach Valerie Stambersky on the school's web site. "She had a great season and is very deserving. She's one of the hardest workers I've ever coached."
Blaurock should challenge for immediate playing time in Northwest's backcourt. The Bearcats return starting point guard Monique Stevens, starting two-guard Ashleigh Nelson and back-up Meridee Scott.
Veldhuizen could figure into the mix as well.
With four signed, Smith says he still has "at least two more" scholarships to give out. He intends to use all of them.