THE FLATS – On National Signing Day, the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team inked three prospects for the 2019-20 season, comprising the 22nd-ranked signing class according to Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and the fifth-ranked signing class in the ACC by Prospects Nation.
Tech’s three recruits also earned a No. 23 ranking as a signing class by Prospects Nation.
Nerea Hermosa Monreal – 6’5”, C (Ies Joaquim Blume/Bernedo, Spain)
The No. 5th-ranked international recruit by Prospects Nation, Hermosa Monreal also earned a No. 6 ranking by Go Global and No. 15 international ranking by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. Bringing with her a wealth of international playing experience, the Spain native has played for the Spanish National Team three times. She began her National Team experience with the U14 team, playing in the BAM International Tournament in Slovenia where she earned MVP in round seven for her 27 point, seven rebound performance against Barça-CBS. In her next stint with the National Team, she competed in the U16 European Championship, helping lead Spain to a fifth-place finish, averaging 4.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. Most recently, Hermosa Monreal has been a member of the U17 Spanish National Team that took part in the World Cup in Belarus. She averaged 10.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game as Spain finished fifth.
“Nerea is one of the top international prospects in Europe,” commented Georgia Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph. “She is mobile and skilled with tremendous length. Nerea is a perfect fit for Georgia Tech and will be an impact player in the ACC. We are excited that she will be joining us on The Flats.”
What They’re Saying About Hermosa
“Nerea brings size and mobility that is extremely hard to come by. Her advanced skill set and knowledge of the game will continue to take off under Coach Joseph and her staff at Georgia Tech. She is a tremendous young lady who’s going to thrive in the ACC. An all-around home run by MaChelle Joseph and her staff.” – Rachel Galligan, Go Global
“Nerea Hermosa brings both length and size to The Flats. She has a legitimate major college frame tailor made for the way the Jackets like to play the game. Keep an eye on Hermosa as an emerging option with the ability to finish and alter the opposing team’s shots.” – Brandon Clay, Brandon Clay Scouting
“Hermosa is a mix of a traditional center with developing interior post moves with the mobility and a shooting touch of a modern-day post. Hermosa will give Georgia Tech some of the best post depth in the ACC as she is joining a core group of returners that include Lorela Cubaj, Elizabeth Dixon and Anne Francoise Diouf.” – Keil Moore, Prospect Nation
Alisha Lewis – 5’7”, G (Strath Haven High School Wallingford/Media, Pa.)
A three-time first team All-Catholic Conference honoree, Lewis helped Ursuline basketball to three Catholic Conference Championships all three years and three DIAA Delaware State Championships from 2015-17. In 2016, she picked up first team All-State honors and was named the MVP in two tournaments, Diamond State Classic and She’s Got Game Classic. Additionally, Lewis is a three-time Delaware Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association Top 10 North Player of the Year recipient. Ranked No. 34 by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, No. 34 by EspnW and No. 48 by Prospect Nation, she closed out the 2017 campaign earning Delaware State Player of the Year.
“Alisha Lewis is a special point guard,” noted Joseph. “She is a true floor general with a tremendous basketball IQ. She has the ability to make everyone around her better and has an uncanny ability to deliver the ball to her teammates. We are anxious to have her join us in Atlanta.”
What They’re Saying About Lewis
“Lewis is one of the elite point guards in the 2019 class nationally. Her competitive mindset and high skill level set her apart from a majority of players in her class. As a point guard, Lewis has excellent vision and can create offense for herself and others with her feel and approach to the game. Her arrival on The Flats will give the Yellow Jackets a natural playmaker who will play with a strong assist to turnover ratio, while also being able to stretch the floor and make shots from the perimeter.” – Keil Moore, Prospects Nation
“Among the nation’s top prospects at the point guard position, Lewis is a smooth operator in the open court game, delivers the pass to teammates with precision and flair. A poised playmaker in the half-court game and a coveted signee due to her high value at her position.” – Dan Olson, Collegiate Girls Basketball Report
“Alisha Lewis is as steady of a hand at the position as anyone in the class. A quality pass-first option at point guard, Lewis has a penchant for making the right basketball play time and time again. In that way, she has a bright future ahead and could potentially be even more productive for the Jackets than Metra Walthour was during her run as Tech’s floor general.” – Brandon Clay, Brandon Clay Scouting
Ronni Nwora – 6’3”, F/C (Park School of Buffalo/Buffalo, N.Y.)
A 6’3” forward/center from The Park School of Buffalo, Nwora has served as team captain all four seasons. Last season, Nwora averaged a double-double for the campaign, highlighted when she scored 25 points and pulled down 36 rebounds in a playoff game. She has been twice-named to the Monseignor Martin second team (2016-18), which is awarded by the Monseignor Martin Class B league. A two-sport athlete, Nwora also competed four years in soccer, earning Monseignor Martin second team accolades in 2016-17. She has been a member of the student government at her high school and received the Marit Scholarship from Sage Colleges, and participated in over 100 community service hours. She has earned a No. 181 ranking by All Star Girls Report.
Basketball runs in Nwora’s family as her father, Alex, played basketball at Daemen College, and her brother, Jordan, is currently a sophomore forward at Louisville.
“Ronnie is an exceptional student-athlete,” said Joseph. “She has tremendous upside. She is skilled offensively and has a defensive presence and mindset. She is mobile and can run the floor with the guards.”
What They’re Saying About Nwora
“Ronni Nwora is an enforcer on the interior. She seems to embrace the defensive end and is a willing post runner in transition. Nwora uses her size to play through contact and affect the game on both ends in that way.” – Brandon Clay, Brandon Clay Scouting
“Nwora could surprise people. She is a high motor post that really competes. She can catch and score inside. She is a rebounder, shot blocker and plays with passion.” – Bret McCormick, All Star Girls Report
What They’re Saying About Tech’s Recruiting Class
“As the Yellow Jackets continue their run as one of the ACC’s postseason mainstays, MaChelle Joseph has added three prospects who will help them keep the wins coming in. By combining elite level guard play with added frontcourt depth, Joseph’s staff has hit the mark in recruiting once again.” – Brandon Clay, Brandon Clay Scouting