Colorado head coach JR Payne added two players to her 2018 recruiting class.
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Colorado head coach JR Payne added two players to her 2018 recruiting class.

The Colorado women’s basketball team has added two players to its 2018 recruiting class.

CU recently signed 6-foot-4 center Kai Volcy and 6-foot-1 forward Emma Clarke to letters of intent. The basketball signing period came to a close on Wednesday.

Volcy, who is from New Jersey, graduated from the Groton School, in Groton, Mass., in 2017. She then played this past year at the Hun School, a prep school in Princeton, N.J. At Hun, Volcy averaged 12.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in 20 games.

Clarke is from Perth, Australia. She graduated from Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence in November and played for the Perry Lake Hawks club team.

Last summer, Clarke helped her team win a gold medal at the FIBA U17 Oceania Championships in Guam. She was named to the All-Star Five at the end of that tournament, averaging 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.

According to her club team bio, Clarke holds the high jump record (5.38 feet) at her high school.

Volcy and Clarke join a recruiting class that also includes guard Cameron Swartz of Marietta, Ga., and forward Sirena “Peanut” Tuitele of Chico, Calif.

CU has nine players returning, with eight on scholarship: sophomores Mya Hollingshed, Aubrey Knight, Annika Jank and Sara Castro; juniors Quinessa Caylao-Do and Mathilde Diop; and seniors Kennedy Leonard and Alexis Robinson.

Sophomore Peyton Carter is slated to technically be a walk-on this next season. CU agreed to scholarship Carter for two of her four years. She was on scholarship last year and the plan is have her on scholarship for her senior year.

The four newcomers will put CU at 12 players on scholarship, three below the NCAA maximum of 15.

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