Basketball

Alexis Cortez transfers to Utah Valley

Alexis Cortez (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Utah Valley University women’s basketball coach Cathy Nixon announced the signing of former ESPN three-star recruit Alexis Cortez (Tucson) according to a news release put out by the school on Friday. Cortez will be eligible to compete following the completion of the fall 2017 semester.

Cortez is transferring in from East Carolina University where she finished as the Pirates’ top bench scorer with 11 points in her collegiate debut this season. Cortez, who was ESPN’s No. 22 ranked guard and an ESPN top-200 recruit, is the highest ranked recruit to ever sign with the Wolverines in program history.

“We are thrilled to have Alexis join our program,” said Nixon in the release. “The accolades that she’s received in her career demonstrate her ability to be an impact player at this level. She’s a great person who knows how to work hard, she’s passionate about her own future and the game of basketball and she will bring us athleticism on both ends of the floor. We’re just excited that she’s chosen to be a part of the Wolverine family”

A 6-foot guard, Cortez finished her high school career as the top scorer in Tucson High School basketball history with 2,479 career points and is ranked fifth on the Arizona girl’s basketball all-time scoring list, one spot ahead of 2009 WNBA All-Star and former Stanford All-American Nicole Powell.

“Alexis is a very good defender, rebounder and is a strong and athletic guard with a great ability to score. She’s an elite scorer as a top-5 scorer all-time in her state. It takes a special player to score that volume of points at any level and I think she’s just getting started. She only wants to get better and has a huge upside,” Nixon added.

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com

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