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Jackets Sign Two to Letters of Intent

May 26, 2006

ATLANTA – Two more prep standouts, Angel Buie of Sanford, N.C., and Brigitte Ardossi from Melbourne, Australia, have signed letters of intent to play basketball at Georgia Tech, head coach MaChelle Joseph announced Friday.

Buie, a 5-7 guard from Lee County High School, is ranked 63rd in the country according to the Blue Star Index. The 2006 North Carolina all-state selection averaged over 31 points per game during her senior season after scoring over 24.0 points per game during her first three prep seasons. She was a runner-up for the Miss North Carolina High School Association Basketball Award during her freshman year, where she was named to the first-team all-state team after earning Tri-Seven 4A Conference Player of the Year honors, and repeated all-state and Tri-Seven 4A Conference Player of the Year honors during her sophomore campaign.

“Angel Buie is an athletic guard that can constantly score in a variety of ways,” said Joseph. “Over her four-year high school career, she averaged nearly 25 points per game. She is left-handed, and that makes her tougher to defend on the offensive end, and if she continues to improve defensively, she could help immediately in the backcourt next season.”

Ardossi is a 6-1 member of the Melbourne Tigers, a team in the championship division in Austalia, where she averages 12.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. This past season, she was selected to the U-20 National Junior Championships in Western Australia, where she represented Victorian Junior Basketball and won the silver medal. In 2005, Ardossi led the Victorian U-18 team to the gold medal at the Pacific School Games, where she was named a tournament all-star, after earning Big V Australian Basketball League MVP, Rising Star, All-Star 5 Forward and Leading Scorer Awards earlier in the year.

“Brigitte is an intriguing post player,” said Joseph. “She has range and perimeter skills, and we are impressed with the way that she rebounds and defends. Her international experience will make her transition to the ACC easier. She brings with her a maturity in her game that typical freshmen do not have.”

With the addition of Buie and Ardossi, the Jackets have a total of five newcomers entering school in the fall, as they join Tiffany Blackmon (Gastonia, NC), Jasmine Duffey (Jonesboro, Ga.) and Nia Josiah (Frederick, Md.) to make up the 2006-07 freshman class.

“We are very excited about this freshman class,” said Joseph. “It is our third recruiting class in three years to be ranked in the top-25 nationally. Losing Kasha Terry to the WNBA, we knew that we needed immediate help inside, and we were able to successfully fill that need this season. My entire staff, especially my recruiting coordinator, Sytia Messer, did a great job of finding the student-athletes that can be successful athletically and academically at Georgia Tech.”

The Yellow Jackets will have their 2006-07 finalized in late August, and are scheduled to begin play in November.

Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball Signees

Brigitte Ardossi, F, 6-1, Melbourne, Australia (Mac Robertson Girls’ High School)

Tiffany Blackmon, C, 6-3, Gastonia, NC (Hunter Huss)

Angel Buie, G, 5-7, Sanford, NC (Lee County)

Jasmine Duffey, C, 6-7, Jonesboro, Ga. (Jonesboro)

Nia Josiah, G/F, 6-1, Frederick, Md. (Governor Thomas Johnson)

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