Feb. 16, 2007
Atlanta – Georgia Tech 2007 signee and Newark, New Jersey native Iasia Hemmingway was selected to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) High School All-America team, the association announced Friday.
Hemingway joins 19 high school seniors who are dubbed as the 20-best high school basketball players in the country and have been selected to play in the 16th annual WBCA’s High School All-America Game presented by Nike.
The players who have been chosen will be divided into two teams of ten players. The college-style regulation game is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, at Cleveland State University’s Woodling Gym in Cleveland, Ohio. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 4:30 p.m. (ET). This highly-anticipated event is part of the WBCA National Convention, which takes place at the site of the NCAA® Women’s Final Four®.
Dubbed as “mini Barkley” and ranked 12th nationally at her position by HoopGurlz, Hemingway is sought after for her athleticism, creativity on the court and sheer strength. Her other accolades include: AP All-State First Team, New York City Slam Jam MVP, 2006 New Jersey State Tournament MVP, 2006 Star-Ledger Player of the Year, EA Sports All-America Second Team and Street & Smith All-America Honorable Mention. She led her high school team to a perfect record her junior year and the 2006 State Championship.
“It is a great accomplishment for Iasia, her school, and her family, and it is also a huge step for Georgia Tech women’s basketball,” said head coach MaChelle Joseph. “As we continue to build this program we look forward to bringing in other players that will also to be considered the best student-athletes in the nation. Iasia has already made a mark on this program and she hasn’t even put on a Georgia Tech uniform. We are very proud of her.”
Hemingway joins an impressive 2007 incoming class that includes the No. 15 player in the nation, Alex Montgomery, an adidas Top Ten All-America in Shaday Woolcock, Deja Foster who is a Street & Smith’s All-America Honorable Mention, Simone Trice, the nation’s No. 22 wing forward and UCLA transfer Amy Horton. This exceptional group of athletes has been dubbed the best recruiting class in school history, which is ranked No.8 in the nation.