Nov. 11, 2009
ATLANTA – Three high school women’s basketball standouts have signed letters of intent to play at Georgia Tech beginning in the 2010-11 season, head coach MaChelle Joseph announced Wednesday.
Joining the Yellow Jacket program is a trio of guards — 5-8 Dawnn Maye, 5-11 Tyaunna Marshall and 5-9 Kendra Long. The athletic threesome has formed the No. 26 rated class by All-Star Girls Report.
Maye, a point guard from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., is rated as the No. 32 prospect and No. 12 point guard in the nation by ESPN Hoopgurlz.com. Named the Florida Breakout Player by Scout.com, Maye was also rated No. 39 in the nation by All-Star Girls Report and the 25th-ranked player by JumpOffPlus.com. Maye, a 2009 first-team All-County selection at Dillard high school, averaged 13.1 points and 7.3 assists and 6.0 steals per game as a junior. She will reunite with former Dillard high teammate Chelsea Regins.
“Maye is an excellent ballhandler and possesses great court vision,” said Brandon Clay of PeachstateHoops.com. “Her ability to find the open player is rare. She makes other players around her better with her competitive nature and skill.”
An Honor Roll student, Maye has been rated the No. 1 player in the state of Florida in both her sophomore and junior seasons. Off the court, Maye has been very involved in her community, serving various volunteer roles at her church including Youth Director of the Children Mentoring Program and the Youth Choir Director.
“We are very excited to be bringing a player like Dawnn Maye into our program here at Georgia Tech,” Joseph said. “There is no doubt she is an impact player and will be a difference maker in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Her ability to score and create opportunities for her teammates is what separates her.”
Marshall, a lighting-quick guard out of Upper Marlboro, Md., is ranked as high as the No. 65 best prospect in the nation by All-Star Girls Report and the 58th-ranked player by JumpOffPlus.com. An ESPN Hoopgurlz.com top-100 prospect, Marshall is listed as the No. 23 shooting guard. The Elizabeth Seton high school standout led her team to 22-6 record as a junior, while averaging 16.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.2 steals a game. Marshall earned first-team All-Metro, All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and All-Prince Georges County honors last season.
“Ty is the most athletic wing player that we have signed since Deja Foster,” Joseph said. “She has tremendous speed, size and quickness. She fits perfectly into our offensive and defensive system. We are anxious to see her in a Georgia Tech uniform.”
“Marshall looks to follow in the recent line of quality Georgia Tech wing players,” Clay said. “Her length and athleticism will fit perfectly in the run and jump press defense that the Jackets like to employ. She can attack the lane to score on the other end as well.”
Rounding out the class is Long, a guard from Benjamin E. Mays High School in Atlanta, Ga. The shooting guard was ranked as the No. 55 player in the Southeast by Southeastern Hoops Report. Long is a two-time All-City player, who has scored over 1,000 points in her career. As a junior at Mays, Long averaged 22.7 points and 7.0 assists per contest.
“Kendra is a tremendous three-point shooter,” Joseph added. “She gives us a specialist that can spot up and knock down threes consistently. It is important to us to keep the best players in the city of Atlanta at home. Kendra will be a great addition to our program.”
Long has also been instrumental in her community, volunteering at Summerset Assisted Living as well as taking the time to read to special education students at Mays High School.
“Long is a local prospect who will be a great program kid for Tech,” Clay said. “She can play on or off the ball and will provide depth in the backcourt. She can shoot the outside shot or create with the dribble.”
Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball Signees
Dawnn Maye, PG, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Dillard High School)
Tyaunna Marshall, SG, Upper Marlboro, Md. (Elizabeth Seton High School)
Kendra Long, G, Atlanta, Ga. (Benjamin E. Mays High School)
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