A few basketball news and notes to pass along from the past few weeks:
Recent River Ridge High School graduate Brad Wallace has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at North Idaho College in Coeur dAlene. NIC is a nationally ranked junior-college program that sent six players from its 2012-13 team on to NCAA Division I programs. Wallace, a three-time 2A Evergreen Conference MVP in basketball, two-time Olympian all-area player of the year and 2A state player of the year by the WIBCA, averaged 28 points per game last season and is part of a 12-player recruiting class for NIC. Olympias Brendon Leonard honored his verbal commitment and signed with Division I Air Force. The 6-foot-8 forward with an outside shooting touch averaged 10 points and 8 rebounds a game as a senior for the Bears. Olympia promoted C team girls coach Tina Washington to take over as varsity coach, replacing Rod Tripp, who resigned after three seasons. Washington has experience coaching all levels of high school basketball, including a stint as a girls varsity coach at Eastside Catholic in 2008-09. ... W.F. West's Jamika Parker signed with Western Washington for women's basketball, joining a Vikings program that advanced to the NCAA Division II national semifinals. Parker, The Olympian's all-area girls player of the year, is the Bearcats' all-time career shot blocker and led the team to the 2A state title game in March. ... Yelms Anushka Maldonado has signed with Odessa (Texas) College, a junior college, for womens basketball. The 6-0 forward averaged 12.6 points and 9 rebounds a game for the Tornados last season.