NORMAL — Kristen Gillespie’s 2019 Illinois State women’s basketball recruiting class is either 75 percent or 100 percent complete.
“We may have one more,” Gillespie said. “If we don’t get the kid we want, we’re done. There are really good classes coming up in ’20 and ’21."
And although NCAA rules prohibit Gillespie from commenting on recruits until they have signed a national letter of intent, three high school senior standouts have committed to sign with the Redbirds in November: guard Cameron Call of Mount Vernon, Mo., guard McKenna Sims of South Sioux City, Neb.; and forward Hannah Kelle of Lincoln, Neb.
A three-star recruit according to ESPN, Call is a 5-foot-9 combo guard who already holds the Mount Vernon school record for career 3-pointers with 210 entering her senior season.
She averaged 20.4 points, 4.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.3 steals as a junior.
“ISU is a great place for me because it was everything I was looking for in a school,” Call said. “I love the coaching staff and how much they believed in me and my abilities.”
Call also had a scholarship offer from George Mason with several other Division I programs showing serious interest.
“I would say I’m definitely an unselfish player, but I also can score when the team needs me to,” said Call.
A 5-8 guard, Sims averaged 17.1 points and 5.1 assists as a junior.
“The ISU coaching staff and team made me feel very welcomed,” Sims said. “I immediately got the at-home and family feel when I visited.”
Sims picked ISU over Indiana State, North Dakota State and Nebraska-Omaha.
“I am able to shoot outside or attack the hoop and handle the ball,” said Sims. “All of these things I can always improve on along with different finishes when I attack the basket.”
At 6-1, Kelle should bolster the Redbird inside game. She averaged 12 points and five rebounds last season at Southwest High School.
“Distance was a big thing for me when looking at schools. ISU’s staff and players made me comfortable being a little bit farther away from home,” Kelle said. “My strength is that I’m very versatile. I can be out on the perimeter or I can do down inside.”
Kelle, who also considered North Dakota State, is an AAU teammate of Sims with All Nebraska Attack.