Texico twins commit to Zias

CNJ staff file photos: Liliana Castillo Twins Jaylyn, left, and Jordyn Cooper have made verbal commitments to play basketball for new Eastern New Mexico University women’s coach Lindsey Wilson in the 2012-13 season.

Dave Wagner

Texico twins Jordyn and Jaylyn Cooper plan to be together another four years after high school.

The Coopers, entering their senior years at Texico, have verbally committed to play basketball at Eastern New Mexico University for new coach Lindsey Wilson beginning in the 2012-13 season, although they can’t sign letters of intent until November.

They’ve helped Texico win the last three Class 2A state volleyball championships and the 2010 title in basketball, losing in the semifinals as freshmen in 2009 and in the finals to Navajo Prep last March.

“I’m really proud for them,” Texico girls basketball coach Keith Durham said. “They’ve certainly put in the time and effort for this, and it’s well-deserved. They’re hopefully going to help Eastern change things.”

Verbal commitments are not binding, but the Coopers said they’re comfortable with the decision.

The twins were recruited by Lubbock Christian and Wayland Baptist, although WBU offered only Jordyn. Both said they liked the idea of playing relatively close to home.

“I think that was one of the big things,” Jaylyn said. “When Eastern offered us, it was too good of a deal to pass up. We’re excited about the new coach coming in; I think she’ll do a good job.”

Many of their family members live within easy driving distance of Portales, Jordyn said.

“A lot of people have said, ‘I’m glad you’re going to Eastern so we can watch you,’” she said. “That was a big part of our decision.”

Durham said Jordyn averaged around 14 points and five rebounds and Jaylyn 13 points and seven boards last season, when Texico finished 26-3. The Lady Wolverines have gone 74-16 in their three years on the squad.

Both said they’ll be happy to focus on trying to win a fourth state title in volleyball and another one in basketball as well when school resumes.

“We can go into the season without worrying about where we’re going to (college),” Jordyn said.

Due to NCAA rules, Wilson is unable to comment until the players have actually signed.