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Verona's Carrasquillo signs with John Brown University

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Verona senior Tristan Carrasquillo, pictured above, at center, signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday to play basketball at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark., next fall. Carrasquillo plans on majoring in biology and will play at the guard position for the Lady Golden Eagles. Also present for the signing were: Valerie and Louis Carrasquillo, Tristan's parents, who are pictured on either side of Tristan. Pictured in the second row, from left, are: Verona basketball coach Ryan Yates; John Brown University assistant coach Von Eshnaur; and Verona Athletic Director Brad Stewart. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Verona senior Tristan Carrasquillo signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark., on Wednesday.

"It's all kind of surreal right now," said Carrasquillo. "I feel like all the pressure is now off and I am happy with my choice. I felt really comfortable with the girls on the team and the coaching staff and that was a big part of why I chose John Brown."

Carrasquillo's hustle and excellent guard play is what excites the Lady Golden Eagles coaching staff.

"Tristan handles the ball really well and can score," said John Brown coach Jeff Soderquist. "The more we watched her, the more we realized how good of a fit for our program she was."

Soderquist is in his 15th year at the helm of John Brown. On defense, the Lady Golden Eagles primarily play man to man and run a hybrid motion/Princeton offense with a four-out, one-in look.

"We teach the girls to read their screens and move the ball," said Soderquist. "Tristan plays hard all the time, and I thinks fits what we are trying to do."

Carrasquillo has started for the Lady Wildcats since she was a freshman and has established herself as a premier player in southwest Missouri. In three years, Carrasquillo has scored 1,446 points, collected 571 rebounds, dished out 197 assists and tallied 303 steals.

Last season, she averaged 20.4 points, 6.8 rebounds 2.3 assists and 4 steals per game.

Carrasquillo has collected several honors while at Verona, including being named to the All-Ozarks 7 Conference, All-District and All-State first teams her sophomore and junior seasons. She was a honorable mention All-Ozarks 7 Conference as a freshman. Carrasquillo is looking forward to a stellar senior campaign this spring.

"Tristan is a very driven person," said Verona head coach Ryan Yates. "Each and every night she gives you everything she's got. Tristan has a very competitive nature, and she pushes everyone around her to be better. I believe she will be a strong asset for John Brown's program."

Carrasquillo is the daughter of Louis and Valerie, of Verona. She plans to major in biology and wants to be a dentist. She chose John Brown over Evangel University, UMKC and Qunicy University.

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