IPFW women's basketball coach Chris Paul has announced that former University of Michigan player LeQuisha Whitfield has enrolled at IPFW, and will play for the Mastodons beginning in January 2011.
"LeQuisha is a young lady who was very accomplished coming out of high school with a high Miss Basketball finish," said Paul. "She was highly recruited and decided to play at Michigan so she could stay close to home."
Whitfield will become eligible to play for IPFW on January 1, 2011, and will be available for the second half of the season. It will be her final year of eligibility.
"She is 6-1, and plays the forward position," Paul said. "She can score on the block, she can step out and shoot the ball, and she can rebound. She will bring experience and depth to a position that we have worked hard in recruiting over the past couple of years."
Whitfield started 14 games as a freshman for the Wolverines, averaging 6.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in 28 games. She played in nine games as a sophomore, and three more as a junior before she stepped away from the game of basketball.
"She played three years at Michigan, but decided to leave because of their coaching change," noted Paul. "She was going to try to graduate early and move on; however, as she sat out over the last semester, she found out that she still has a lot of love for the game of basketball. She is looking forward to getting back to the game and ending her career the way she originally wanted to finish it out."
In high school, she placed ninth in the Miss Basketball voting as a senior, after averaging 18.2 points and 13 rebounds. She was rated as the 128th best prospect by the Blue Star Index, and 176th by the All-Star Girls Report.
She helped lead Martin Luther King Jr. High School to three Class A Michigan High School State Finals appearances, and one state title in 2003. Over her four years, MLK High School had an 89-8 record.