Tarleton head coach Misty Wilson announced the signing of Merced College (California) point guard Malaya Kendrick to a National Letter of Intent to join Tarleton women's basketball next season.


Kendrick comes to Tarleton after a phenomenal two-year career at Merced that saw her lead the Blue Devils to a national semifinal and junior college Sweet 16 appearance in back-to-back seasons. Merced went 54-10 over the last two years with Kendrick running point.


"Malaya is an integral part of the 2020 signing class," said Wilson. "She gives us an experienced lead guard that was dominant at the JC level. Malaya possesses leadership qualities and a basketball IQ that you need in a point guard. She has the physical traits — strength, speed, quickness — that translate to the level of play we'll face in the WAC (Western Athletic Conference). She's a tremendous young lady that fits the culture that we've established here."


Kendrick is the fourth member of Tarleton's inaugural women's basketball Division I signing class and the first this spring. She joins early signees Adreanna Waddle, Emily Cunningham and Blythe Williams who announced commitments last December.


Kendrick averaged 17.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game last season on her way to being named the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) All-State First Team and league Player of the Year. She also averaged 4.1 assists and 3.0 steals per game while shooting .550 from the field and .474 from beyond the arc.