- Newbury Park, CAHometown
- Mater Dei High School
- 26Overall Rank
- 4Position Rank
- Jun 9, 2011
- Kiki Alofaituli, No. 26 in 2011, reopens recrutiment
- Karina "Kiki" Alofaituli of Newbury Park, Calif., has been allowed by Arizona State to reopen her recruitment, but won't be granted a full release to another Pac-12 school, according to her mother, Patricia.
The No. 26 prospect in the 2011 class wants to stay closer to home for family reasons disclosed to ESPN HoopGurlz but deemed too personal to detail.
The Sun Devils' head coach, Charli Turner Thorne, will begin a nine-month leave of absence on July 1 to spend more time with her family. She also recently was named to the broadcast team for the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury.
"Kiki loves the school as well as Charli Turner Thorne and Meg Saunders," Patricia Alofaituli said in an email message. "She was very comfortable with the coaching staff and that is one of the reasons why she chose ASU."
A 6-foot, ultra-athletic wing, Alofaituli helped Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), to its second straight national No. 1 ranking among high-school girls' basketball teams.
Because she already has signed one National Letter of Intent, Alofaituli only can sign a scholarship agreement with another school. She still can transfer to a Pac-12 school, but without a full release from ASU she would need to appeal to the NLI Steering Committee for a release due to extenuating circumstances. The typical transfer loss of eligibility would not apply because she has not received aid or attended class yet.
- Jun 4, 2010
- KiKi picks Arizona State
- Karina Alofaituli, the 6-foot wing from Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.) told ESPN HoopGurlz she has verbally committed to Arizona State University.
Alofaituli, who goes by the nickname 'KiKi' is the second player from the top 35 to commit to the Sun Devils in the past two weeks, joining Colorado native Eliza Normen. The 6-1 Normen is ranked No. 28 in the 2011 class according to ESPN HoopGurlz.
"I love the style of play they have," Alofaituli, who plays her club ball with the Cal Storm Team Taurasi, said, "that run and gun."
With the commitment Charli Turner-Thorne?s program joins Stanford and Texas A&M with two commitments in the top 50 of the junior class.