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Aussie center Kelsey Rees signs with Utah women’s basketball

Arizona State Sun Devils guard Kiara Russell (4) goes for the basket against Utah Utes guard Brynna Maxwell (11) and forward Lola Pendande (12) Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020.
Arizona State Sun Devils guard Kiara Russell (4) goes for the basket against Utah Utes guard Brynna Maxwell (11) and forward Lola Pendande (12) Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020.
Ivy Ceballo, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah women’s basketball program went all the way to the Land Down Under to complete its 2020 signing class.

The Utes announced on Wednesday that they have signed 6-foot-5 Australian center Kelsey Rees to add to a class that already included 2020 Deseret News Ms. Basketball Kennady McQueen of North Summit High School, Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year Peyton McFarland and elite Canadian prospect Donna Ntuambe.

“Every year, our recruiting classes continue to get stronger and stronger, and I am grateful for my staff for working so hard,” head coach Lynne Roberts said in a statement. “This 2020 class is the highest ranked recruiting class in Utah program history...we are really looking forward to adding these four in with our very talented and young returning core.”

Rees will arrive at Utah with a bevy of youth international experience, and both of her parents had long careers playing professionally in Australia. Games against the Washington Huskies will be family affairs, as her sister Darcy is their starting center.

”We are fired up about bringing Kelsey on board into our program,” Roberts said. “At a legit 6-5, she can shoot the 3, run the floor, rebound and score around the basket. She will be able to really spread the floor with her shooting and passing ability, and will also bring some much needed size and mobility to our defense and rebounding.

Off the floor, Kelsey is an absolutely brilliant student with very high academic aspirations. She will be a fantastic addition to the entire University of Utah community.”