|NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale signed two of the nation's top 10 recruits to letters of intent Wednesday, twins Ashley and Courtney Paris from Piedmont, Calif.
The highly touted twins have appeared on every high school scouting report, and are Coale's first set of top-10 recruits. Courtney has been rated as either the No. 1 or 2 prospect in the country by various girls basketball scouting services, while Ashley has consistently been in the top six. Courtney is a true post, while Ashley is more of a combo forward.
"It really is a recruiting victory that puts us in a position to potentially vie for a national championship year in and year out for the next four years," Coale said. "There just aren't many players like Courtney and Ashley out there. They give us the inside power and presence which we have needed to complement our skill and speed.
The twins participated on the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival West Team. Courtney went on to assist the United States to a gold medal (5-0) at the Junior World Championship qualifying tournament, starting all five games and averaging a team-best 9.0 rebounds as well as 15.8 points, second on the team.
Courtney, a 6-4 center, has been tagged "Baby Shaq" and compared to Lisa Leslie, arguably the best post player in women's basketball history. She averaged 27 points and 19 rebounds as a junior.
"Courtney is a true low block player," Coale said. "She is strong and explosive, but she's also extremely skilled. She has soft hands and excellent vision. She's the best high school 'big man' I've seen in the nine seasons I have been recruiting."
With Courtney is patrolling the block, Ashley will have the freedom to showcase her skills on the perimeter.
The 6-2 combo forward enters her senior season rated as the sixth-best player among high school seniors. As a junior, she averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks per game.
"Ashley Paris is an outstanding athlete," Coale said. "She is explosive and skilled .... I've seen her bring the ball down the floor and, within the same possession, jump over a 6-5 center to collect an offensive rebound before going back up to score. She is a dominant presence and a versatile athlete. We're excited about developing her wide ranging abilities."
Coale feels both will have an enormous impact and are a college coach's dream. But whatever the positions, the Paris twins will enjoy being a part of OU and the Sooner Tradition.
The twins are the daughters of Lyn Harris and William "Bubba" Paris, former NFL lineman for the San Francisco 49ers. Their uncle, Leonard Gray, played in the NBA for the Seattle SuperSonics. They have four brothers, Wayne (24), David (20), Austin (19) and Brandon (18). Their stepfather, Larry Harris, played football at Stanford. Wayne (Harris) played football at New Mexico State. David Paris, a 6-8 junior, is a member of Cal's basketball team, while Austin, 6-3, was a wide receiver at St. Mary's last season. The youngest brother, Brandon, is a 6-3 freshman fullback on the UCLA football team.
The Paris sisters took official recruiting trips to Oklahoma, Texas, Connecticut, UCLA and Syracuse, and an unofficial visit to Cal.
This is the second set of twins Coale will coach after inheriting the Workmen twins when she took over the program in April 1996. The Paris twins also mark just the fifth and sixth players from the state of California to sign with the Sooners. At 6-4, Courtney Paris ties two former players as the second-tallest players in Sooner history.
Click here for ESPN.com's list of signees.