Nov. 12, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Women’s basketball signed a top 25 recruiting class for next season that contains four talented playmakers in Taylor Doan, C’coriea Foy, Trista Magee and Shaquera Wade, head coach Kristy Curry announced on Wednesday.
“We signed a group of difference makers that will have an immediate impact on our program,” said Curry. “We have looked forward to this signing day because we believe this is a pivotal class in the process as we build this program.”
The class, which is ranked 24th in the nation by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and fourth in the Southeastern Conference has a mix of all positions and features players from Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri and North Carolina.
Doan, a 6-4 post from Kearney, Mo., is, “among the most nimble low-post prospects in the class with a power frame,” according to Dan Olson of Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. He also added that Doan, “combines soft touch and finishing skills in the paint with an emerging face up game.” She is currently ranked the No. 57 overall prospect and the No. 10 post in the nation according to ESPNW HoopGurlz.
“Taylor brings us a physical presence and added depth in the post,” Curry said. “Her ability to score with her back to the basket and rebound will be a huge plus for our team. She is coming off a summer ending injury, and we know she is working hard to return to form before her arrival in Tuscaloosa.”
Doan is a three-time first team all-conference and all-district selection and was named conference MVP her freshman year after averaging 11.4 points and 9.5 rebounds. She helped lead Kearney High School to a trio of conference championships as well as two district championships. Doan also made the Kearney Classic All-Star Team all three years and was voted second team all-state by the media as a sophomore. She is coached by Troy Resler at Kearney and plays for Reggie Middlebrook, father of redshirt freshman Karyla Middlebrook, on the Missouri Phenom.
Foy, a 5-11 wing from Fayetteville, N.C., provides Alabama with a versatile option both midrange and outside. Olson described her as an, “ultra-athletic guard and a prototype SEC prospect with a high ceiling.” ESPNW HoopGurlz has Foy ranked the No. 22 guard in the nation.
“C’coriea brings added length, athleticism and versatility to the perimeter,” said Curry. “Her ability to score and create for others makes her a unique guard with size on the perimeter. She has a vivacious, high energy persona that will bring an energy that will instantly impact our program.”
Foy made a huge impact at Jack Britt High School from the beginning as she was named team MVP as a freshman and has held the title every year since. She’s led her team in scoring for the past three seasons including a 15.8 point average as a junior in addition to 6.8 rebounds per contest. Foy set a career-high in points last season, collecting 32 to help her reach the 1,000 point milestone in 2014. She is a three-time all-conference selection as well as a two-time all-district pick and has earned a spot on a trio of all-tournament teams. Foy is coached by Nattlie McArthur at Jack Britt High School and Arne Morris on the Carolina Flames.
Magee, a 6-0 win from Ellisville, Miss., is one of the top players in the state of Mississippi. Olson described her as an, “athletic and long perimeter threat with a big future for the college game.”
“Trista is the first player to commit to our program within days of our arrival to Tuscaloosa, which is special,” explained Curry. “She is a true gym rat and has great knowledge of the game. Her ability to shoot the ball and find ways to get to the free throw will give us a consistent scoring threat from the perimeter. She is the best senior in the state of Mississippi, which is important that we recruit our neighboring states.”
Magee, two-time member of the Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen Team, averaged a double-double of 22.3 points and 10.0 rebounds as a junior for coach Missy Bilderback at Presbyterian Christian. Following last season, she was named player of the year by Pine Belt Sports, the Hattiesburg American and the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools. Magee has helped her team improve each season finishing last year with a 33-3 overall record and an AAA state championship. She has also had a solid club career playing for coach Doug Bush on the Alabama Southern Starz.
Rounding out the quartet is 6-0 wing Wade from Huntsville, Ala. “She is among the elite ultra-athletes in the 2015 class,” said Olson. He also added she was, “a scoring machine off the dribble with range beyond the arc.” Wade is ranked No. 48 overall and the No. 12 guard in her class by ESPNW HoopGurlz.
“Shaquera is one of the most talented guards in the country,” Curry said. “Her size, competitiveness and scoring ability will give us an immediate impact on the perimeter. We are excited to keep the best player in our home state at Alabama.”
Wade comes in with a long list of accolades including being named an Adidas Three Stripe All-American. Following her junior season, where she averaged 14.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.7 steals, Wade earned Tennessee Valley Second Team honors and was recognized as the 2014 North All-Star MVP. She has made the all-city first team for two consecutive seasons and was an Alabama Sports Writers Second Team All-State selection in 2013 and 2014. Wade has been named to a host of all-tournament teams throughout her career in addition to collecting the Northeast Regional MVP nod in 2013. Along with Magee, Wade plays club hoops for Doug Bush on the Alabama Southern Starz and is coached at Huntsville High School by former Alabama center Krystle Johnson.
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