Georgia State’s trio of women’s basketball recruits are finishing up their final weeks of high school and will report to GSU in June to begin summer workouts and summer classes with Coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener’s Panthers.
Who are the three post players who will join the eight returning letterwinners, plus transfer point guard Alisha Andrews in the GSU summer program?
Six-foot-two Haley Gerrin, six-foot-two Ashanti Groover and six-foot-four Jamila Mayfield will have a lot to learn to grow into the college game, but their prep credentials show they are ready for the next step.
Gerrin was one of the 20 best players in Georgia, playing in the largest AAAAAA classification in the toughest region in the state. She utilized her 6-foot-two size to score 1,567 points and set the Habersham Central all-time record, while leading the team to the most wins ever in a four-year period (65).
Her high school coach, John Hood, said Gerrin had received as many as 30 scholarship offers after leading her team in both scoring and rebounding all four seasons. Gerrin was first-team All-Region in the ultra-tough region that sent the two teams into the state championship game to play for the state title (Norcross and North Gwinnett).
Habersham had a school-record 23-wins, sparked by Gerrin, who led the Raiders to their first-ever round of 16 in the state tournament. For her career, Gerrin finished with 16.5 points per game and 8.8 rebounds, topped by 18.5 points per game as a junior.
A versatile athlete, Gerrin was also an all-region pick with the volleyball team, as well a shot putter with the track and field team.
Groover was the inside presence for the Bartow (Fla.) Yellow Jackets in central Florida. As a senior, Groover average 10 points and 6.7 rebounds a game with 55 blocked shots.
She displayed her potential with a dominating 25-point, 20-rebound game against a District rival. Groover had a nine-blocked shot personal-best game (second most in school history) as a senior and a seven-blocked shot game as a junior. She blocked 96 shots over her final two seasons.
Her teams of Coach Richard Murvin were 19-11 in her senior year and 23-8 in her junior campaign at her school located between Orlando and Tampa.
Mayfield used her size to help her Macon Howard High School to a 20-win season this year and an 18-win season her junior year. Mayfield was a key part of Mayfield’s first-ever state tournament appearance.
She also gained key experience with the AAU Georgia Ice team that won two national championships.
Mayfield had a 22-rebound game this season against rival Westside High as she averaged nine rebounds per game on the season.
Her six-foot-four size enabled her to be one of the top shot blockers in the state with her average of five rejections per game for Coach Latavia Coleman.
“They have finished their high school careers and we look forward to getting them on campus this summer to get started with what we think can be a pretty good basketball team,” said head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener.
Georgia State makes the transition from the Colonial Athletic Association to the Sun Belt Conference, an FBS-level conference for football. The Sun Belt will hold its conference tournament next year in New Orleans.