Lady Diggers Pick Up Texas Commitment for Basketball



Montana Tech head women’s basketball coach announced the signing of a major commitment for the Lady Diggers today. Rachel Farris, from San Antonio, Texas, has signed on with Tech for the 2012-13 season.

"Living in Texas my entire life, I always knew I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and live somewhere new," said Farris from San Antonio. "I absolutely loved Montana Tech, the basketball program and Butte. Everyone was so friendly and the basketball team and coaches made me feel at home. It’ll take a lot of time to get used to the cold weather, but I’m excited to attend Montana Tech in the fall."

A 6’2" post, Farris played for the Texas 2A Marion High School Bulldogs. This past season, Farris helped lead the Bulldogs to 32-5 record and a perfect 12-0 in league play. As a senior, she averaged 15 points per game, 11 rebounds and five blocks.

"Rachel is a program changing sign for us," said DePell. "She will be an immediate impact player in our program. She is a tall, physical post player who is left-handed, which always naturally enhances a player’s offensive game. She is a great finisher around the basket, can jump extremely well, and is also a great shot blocker on the defensive end. "

Farris, a four-year varsity player, made an impact every year for her team. During her freshman campaign, Farris received District Honorable Mention. The next season as a sophomore, Farris made First Team All-Area and was the 2009-10 District Defensive Player of the Year.

As a junior and senior, Farris was selected to the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) 2A All-State Team and the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) All-Region Team. The TABC is the largest state basketball association in the nation. Farris also earned the District 29-2A Region IV Most Valuable player.

This past season as a senior, she was selected to play in the Texas 3A-1A All-Star Game.

Farris received great praise from the local media in the San Antonio area, which is no small feat considering the size of her high school in comparison to others in the San Antonio area.

"She has been called by the media in her hometown, one of the best players to ever play at her high school," said DePell.

During her junior and senior seasons, she was chosen as the Seguin Gazette All-Area Player of the Year. The San Antonio Express News, the third largest paper in the state, selected Farris as the 2A All-Area MVP in 2010-11.

"She will improve our team on the court, as well as in the classroom. She is an exceptional student, and deeply cares about succeeding in her academic endeavors. Her personality is one that will also add to our success next year. She is outgoing, positive, communicates well, and has a strong desire to improve and work hard."

Farris was Academic All-District all four years of high school. The last two years, she was part of the National Honors Society. She will bring a 3.75 GPA to Tech and she plans on majoring in Nursing.

"I couldn’t be happier that she chose to play for us at Montana Tech and look forward to getting her here to begin in August."