WBB: Three sign NLIs with Coyote women’s basketball

VERMILLION, S.D.— South Dakota women’s basketball head coach Dawn Plitzuweit is pleased to announce the signing of Macy Guebert, Alexi Hempe and Jeniah Ugofsky to National Letters of Intent to play for the Coyotes.

“We are very excited to officially welcome Macy, Alexi and Jeniah into our Coyote women’s basketball family,” said Plitzuweit. “This class is comprised of young ladies who excel in the classroom, on the court and are excellent role models in their communities! They are going to be outstanding additions to our program as their drive and determination to be their best will fit in at the University of South Dakota very well!”

Macy Guebert | Guard | 5-9 | Apple Valley, Minn. | Eastview HS

A native of Apple Valley, Minn., Macy Guebert boasts a 57-7 record when in the starting lineup for Eastview High School. The Lightning captured a Minnesota state championship in 2017-18 with an undefeated 32-0 season. Guebert earned a spot on the all-South Suburban first team and honorable mention all-state honors. She averaged 10 points and a pair of steals per game as a junior while leading the team in 3-pointers. Guebert also played for the North Tartan AAU team that finished third at the Nike Nationals in Chicago. She shot the ball at a 49.1 percent clip from outside the arc during the national tournament, which ranked fifth-best overall. Guebert is the younger sister of Madison Guebert, a senior shooting guard for South Dakota State. A three-time academic letterwinner, Guebert plans to enter South Dakota’s nursing program.

“When we watched Macy play, we walked away from her games talking about how she just wins and we love that characteristic about her,” said Plitzuweit. “This young lady is a tremendous player and leader for her team on the court. She can shoot it, she handles it well and she has a great basketball IQ which allows her to give her team the boost it needs in so many different areas. We are thrilled to welcome Macy and her family to her new home in Vermillion!”

Alexi Hempe | Guard/Forward | 6-0 | Fredericksburg, Va. | TPLS Christian Academy

Hailing from Fredericksburg, Virginia, Alexi Hempe earned the Division 5A Conference 15 Player of the Year award as a sophomore while playing for Stafford High School. She spent two seasons at Stafford prior to transferring to TPLS Christian Academy ahead of her junior year. During her first two seasons at Stafford, Hempe earned all-Conference 15 first-team honors and all-area awards from the Free Lance Star. She was also named to Virginia’s all-state second team as a sophomore after averaging 16.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Hempe surpassed 1,000 points this past February and enters her senior year with 1,196 for her career. She also played for Team Loaded during the AAU season.

“What we love about Alexi is that she can really play any position on the court,” said Plitzuweit. “She has great size, length and is extremely versatile with her ability to shoot it, handle it and post up. With her size and skill set, we consider Alexi a ‘prototype’ player in our motion offense. Alexi is a very driven young lady, and we believe she is going to be a great fit for our style of play. We are very excited to have Alexi and her entire family joining our Coyote pack!”

Jeniah Ugofsky | Forward | 6-0 | Harrisburg, S.D. | Harrisburg HS

An in-state standout from Harrisburg, Jeniah Ugofsky is a two-time South Dakota all-state first team honoree. She was also named to the South Dakota Class AA all-tournament team after the Tigers finished runner-up at the state tournament in 2018. The Tigers also placed in the top-four at the state tournament in all three years Ugofsky has played. Other honors Ugofsky’s picked up include all-Eastern South Dakota conference as a sophomore and junior. She ranks ninth in Harrisburg High School history with 569 rebounds while also scoring 778 points in her first three years. Ugofsky also played for the Bartlett Basketball Academy elite team.

“Jeniah is a young lady who is a ferocious competitor,” said Plitzuweit. “We love the toughness that she plays with on the court and the energy and enthusiasm she brings to every team that she is a part of. Jeniah is an incredible defender, rebounder and has no fear of stepping up and changing the game by taking charges. She is also a versatile player who can step out on the perimeter and shoot threes in addition to being an inside presence. We are so thankful that Jeniah and her family are now officially Yotes!”

The trio will enroll at and be eligible to compete for South Dakota in the fall of 2018.