Cowgirls Hoops Adds Utah Prep With Leadership Credentials

From the desk of Sean O’Sullivan

LARAMIE, Wyo. – Wyoming head women's basketball coach Joe Legerski announced the signing of Jaeden Vaifanua to the program. Vaifanua is a forward from Draper, Utah.

"We're excited to welcome Jaeden to the Wyoming women's basketball program," Legerski said. "She definitely fits a need. She is a player that can shoot the ball from three and put it on the floor and get to the basket. She'll be able to stretch defenses for us, and she has the size to be able to play inside. We look for big things from Jaeden in the future."

Vaifanua is a four-year letterwinner in basketball during her high school career that began in eighth grade at Rapides High School in Lecompte, La., and will finish at Corner Canyon High School in Draper, Utah. She has been a varsity captain every year since eighth grade for two different schools. As both an eighth-grader and a freshman in Louisiana, she earned all-CENLA, all-conference and all-state honors, while being named the conference and team's MVP. She set the Rapides HS freshman records for rebounds in a game (33) and points in a game (32).

During her sophomore season, which was her first year in Draper, Vaifanua was again named the team MVP and named second-team all-state by averaging 16.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. As a junior, she earned her team's Most Inspirational and All-Around Athlete awards. She also earned second-team all-state honors with averages of 16.0 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game while recording eight double-doubles.

Academically, Vaifanua has been on the honor roll every year during high school. Vaifanua is the daughter of Brian and Angie Vaifanua and has four older siblings. Her father, Brian, played football at Ricks College and Southern Utah, her cousin, Dallin Holker, plays football for BYU, and her older sister, Shanae, played basketball at Dixie State.