Cajon coach Mark Lehman just confirmed to me that senior guard Layshia Clarendon and senior post Darshae Burnside were signing national letters of intent with California and Arkansas, respectively.
“I think we pretty much knew this day was coming,” Lehman said. “They came in their freshman year and started right away. With their talent, you knew that they had a shot to have this happen for them.”
Cajon is trying to set up an assembly in front of the student body for the formal signing sometime in the next week, as the Fall Signing Period starts Wednesday and runs through Nov. 19. Lehman indicated that a date hasn’t been picked as of yet, but a few were under consideration.
The 5-foot-9 Clarendon, the CIF-SS Division II-A player of the year, was a first-team all-state selection by calhisports.com and was the Sun’s All-County Most Valuable Player this past season. Clarendon averaged 20.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.7 assists and four steals per game for the Cowgirls, who won their first-ever CIF title last March with a 51-47 victory over Ayala.
“It feels pretty great right now,” said Clarendon, who chose from a final three of Cal, UCLA and Arizona State. “It’s one of those things that I always hoped would happen, but I wasn’t sure if it would come together like this. Cal was a perfect place for me and I feel as if everything is falling into place.”
Burnside, a first-team all-state, all-CIF and all-County selection a year ago, averaged 15.5 points, 16.1 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots per game. She has quickly climbed up the all-time state rebounding leaders, with Lehman saying that she is roughly 160 rebounds away from being the leading rebounder in state history.
I only got a brief word in with Burnside before her cell phone cut out, basically me congratulating her and her saying “Thanks.” I guess that’s as good of confirmation as any until I can speak with her more.