ATLANTA (Nov. 15) - Three rising high school seniors, who are all post players, have signed national letters of intent to play basketball in 2013 at Georgia State, women's head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener announced during the start of the fall NCAA signing period.
The list of NLI signees include (alphabetically):
Haley Gerrin 6-2 Clarksville, Ga. Habersham Central HS
Ashanti Groover 6-2 Bartow, Fla. Bartow Sr. HS
Jamila Mayfield 6-4 Macon, Ga. Howard HS
Gerrin averaged 18.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a junior at Habersham Central. She was an All-State second team pick by the AJC and was chosen for the GACA North-South All-Star game. Gerrin helped Coach John Hood's Habersham Central team to a school record 23-7 season as they advanced to the round of 16 in the state Class AAAA tournament. She scored her 1,000th career point as a junior. The all-around athlete was also an All-Region volleyball player and a shot putter with the track and field team.
Gerrin was named one of the Region 7 Players to Watch this year by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, included with a select group that has recruits signed by UNC, Georgetown, Maryland, Penn State and Ole Miss, along with GSU. She was named to the Gainesville Times Starting Five as one of the five best players in their region.
"We are getting a good athlete who is versatile in that she can play in the paint or step outside and shoot the 3-point shot," said Baldwin-Tener. "I think her basketball I.Q. will make her a great asset for our program. We welcome her to our family and look forward to watching her develop through her four seasons as a Panther."
Groover was an inside force as a junior, especially on defense. She had 164 rebounds, including three games with 10 or more for Coach Richard Murvin's Yellow Jackets. Groover also blocked 41 shots, with a top game of seven rejections, while making 44 steals to be named her team's best defensive player. That was her first season at Bartow after playing two years at Jenkins High in Bartow.
"Shanti's size and overall athletic ability will fit in great with our aggressive style of play at Georgia State," Baldwin-Tener said. "We are excited to add her to our program because her future is very bright and with good work habits can develop into an outstanding post player."
Mayfield played center for Howard High, an 18-10 squad last year in Georgia AAA basketball. The tall Mayfield also gained valuable experience competing with the Georgia Ice AAU basketball team, a two-time defending national champion under Coach Antonio Davis. She helped lead Howard team to first state tournament appearance and averaged eight rebounds and nine blocks a game for Coach Latavia Coleman's squad.
"We liked her size, her hands in catching the ball down low, her athleticism and her soft shooting touch around the basket," Baldwin-Tener noted. "Her best basketball is truly in front of her as she continues to develop her skills. We are very excited about Jamila's potential and are delighted to welcome her to our program."
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