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Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 11:53 pm

FAIRBANKS—The Alaska Nanooks women’s basketball gained commitments from two more players for the 2013-14 season.

Forwards Kaillee Skjold from Soldotna High School and Jordan Wilson from Henderson, Colo., were announced in a University of Alaska Fairbanks release Wednesday as the latest players to take advantage of the early period for signing NCAA National Letters of Intent.

Skjold and Wilson join North Pole High School forward Jose Broderick, who signed an NLI with the Nanooks on Nov. 6 during a ceremony in her school’s library.

“This is a great step for our program to be able to sign three high school-aged players who can come in right away and make an impact,” Alaska head coach Cody Burgess said in the release. “It’s showing improvement and significant strides in our recruiting and the stability and strength of our program.”

The 5-foot-11 Skjold is a Region III Most Valuable Player, co-Northerrn Lights Conference MVP and a first-team all-state selection heading into her senior season with the Stars. She helped Soldotna to a runner-up finish at last year’s region tournament and a berth in the Class 4A state tournament in Anchorage, where she earned an Alaska Schools Activities Association Player of the Game recognition.

Skjold averages 17 points per game while shooting 40 percent from the floor and better than 70 percent from the free-throw line. She also contributes 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and three steals per contest.

Wilson, a 5-11 forward for Prairie View High School in Henderson, is a two-time, first-team selection on the All-East Metro Athletic *Conference Team and was named the EMAC Player of the Year as a junior.

She also was a honorable mention selection on Colorado High School Athletics Association all-state team during her sophomore and junior seasons.

Wilson led Prairie View to its first-ever playoff appearance during her freshman season and she helped the Thunderhawks to the league title and an 18-5 record during her sophomore season. Wilson is the program’s all-time leading scorer and has already surpassed 1,000 career points.

Contact staff writer Danny Martin at 459-7586.

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