November 23, 1998
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women's basketball coach Karen Langeland announced today that two Indiana prep players signed national letters of intent during the recent early signing period. Jennifer Callier, a 6-3 center from Indianapolis, and Maria Recker, a 5-10 guard from Auburn, Ind., will join the Spartan program beginning with the 1999-2000 season.
Both players have been named to Street & Smith's 1998-99 preseason Honorable Mention All-America team and are preseason first-team all-state honorees.
Callier, who was named to the Blue Star Camp All-Star team in 1997 and 1998, averaged 14.0 points and 10.2 rebounds per game last year at Cathedral High. Her team is ranked in the top 10 in the state of Indiana for Class 3A. Callier is two-time all-city and all-sectional honoree and last season she earned second team all-state honors.
As a sophomore, Callier averaged 13.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game in leading her team to a 21-3 record. She has also lettered in track and volleyball.
"Jennifer is a strong, athletic player, who will give us additional size inside," Spartan coach Karen Langeland said.
Recker earned first-team all-state honors last year at DeKalb High after averaging 16.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. A USA Today Preseason Regional Top 25 player, Recker is a three-time All-Northeast Hoosier Conference selection. The Indiana Junior All-Star enters her senior season with 1,075 career points, third all-time at DeKalb. Heading into her final prep campaign, Recker has career averages of 17.0 points and 6.7 rebounds.
Recker played on the same AAU team (Lady Legit) as current Spartan freshmen Vnemina Reese and Abby Salscheider. Recker's sisters, Wendy and Annie, played college basketball and Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, while her brother, Luke, is a sophomore on the basketball team at Indiana.
"Maria is a good perimeter player with a nice outside shot and good scoring abilities," Langeland said.