Australian Imports Dani Milisic and Khaedin Taito Sign On With Women of Troy|
May 26, 2015
The USC women's basketball program grows two Trojans stronger thanks to the addition of a pair of talented players coming to Troy from Australia. USC head coach Cynthia Cooper is happy to announce the signings of Daniejla "Dani" Milisic and Khaedin Taito to join the Women of Troy for 2015-16. A 6-4 center, Milisic will join the program in December 2015 once her school year in Australia is complete. Taito, a 5-11 guard, is on her way to Troy to start her Trojan career this fall.
Khaedin Taito is a New Zealand native who has been raised in Queensland, Australia, where she graduated from Palm Beach Currumbin High School in the Gold Coast. She has competed for the New Zealand National Team at the under-16, under-17 and under-18 levels, and participated in the 2013 FIBA Oceania Under-16 Games. Playing club for Hawkes Bay in Queensland, Taito is well-traveled and has been dedicated to balancing, school, sport and religious studies at the Seminaries and Institutes of Religion. On the court, Taito is a versatile guard, whose size makes her a challenge to defend, and who also presents a powerful 3-point threat.
"Khaedin is a highly skilled, high motor athlete who will immediately impact our team," Cooper said of Taito. "She has great size and strength, is left-handed, and is an excellent, explosive athlete. Her versatility will enable her to play multiple perimeter positions. Her National Team and international experience gives her a head start towards the college game, and we are very pleased to welcome Khaedin, her parents, Tinaka and Iatapa, and the rest of her family to the Trojan Family."
Dani Milisic hails from Sydney, Australia, where she is currently in her final semester of studies at Blacktown Girls High School, set to graduate in September. Milisec has been a member of the Australian Under-16 and Under-17 National Teams, having participated in the 2012 FIBA Oceania Under-16 Games and traveling extensively with the Under-17 team. Milisic brings a powerful post presence to the Trojan gameplan, boasting the ability to run the floor, rebound and defend.
"Dani is a highly confident, highly motivated athlete," Cooper said of Milisic "She is pure strength and power, giving our team a next-level paint presence with great size. She is an excellent athlete and has the speed and quickness to play a tempo game. We expect her to be a `double-double' athlete as her tenacity on the glass separates her from her peers. Her goals include being an Olympian. We welcome Dani to the Trojan Family along with her parents, Lily and Mik, and the rest of her family!"
Taito and Milisic are two of four international additions to the Trojan roster for the season to come. Fellow freshman Candela Abejón has signed on to join USC from Spain next season, while London native Temi Fagbenle comes to Troy as a graduate transfer for 2015-16. The incoming class also includes California product Marguerite Effa and North Carolina native Aliya Mazyck, who signed their national letters of intent in November 2014.