GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T head women’s basketball coach Tarrell Robinson announced the signing of four players on Monday, as a part of the early signing period for women’s basketball.
Guards Maiya Gibson (5-8, Baltimore, Western HS), Kala Green (5-9, Round Rock, Texas, Round Rock HS), wing Michelle Fitzgerald (5-11, Baltimore, MATHs) and forward Quenswayla Story (6-1, Richmond, Va., Bird HS) will wear the Blue and Gold starting in 2014-15.
“We really did an exceptional job of going out and not just meeting our needs, but exceeding them with this class,” Robinson said. “My staff and I feel that this class is comparable to our 2013 class, which was considered the top recruiting class in the MEAC according to Dan Olsen's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.”
Gibson has the potential to be a game changer for the Aggies. She averaged 13.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game for the Doves. She had 20 points and 10 rebounds against Dunbar. High school coach Dafne’ Lee says Gibson is passionate about her performance in the classroom and on the court.
“Maiya is a combo guard with a scorer’s mentality,” Robinson said. “We love her toughness and ability to score anywhere on the floor. She has good range from beyond the arc and she also has the ability to attack the basket and make plays. I visualize her as the missing piece to the puzzle, meaning that she is going to do whatever the team needs to be successful. Her academic reputation is just as high as her basketball reputation.”
Green brings a tremendous amount of skill, athleticism, and knowledge heading into next season. In her junior season, Green averaged 14 points and 5.6 rebounds. Green’s high school coach Rhina Palazuelos says Green’s knowledge of the game is unfounded for someone her age.
“Kala brings athleticism and an unbelievable work ethic to our program,” Robinson said. “She has the ability and skill set to play both guard positions at 5-10. Her biggest edge is her high basketball IQ, which we feel will allow her to come in and immediately impact our program. She's an exceptional student in the classroom and will display excellent leadership qualities as she represents our program and university.”
Fitzgerald has only played basketball for four years but possesses a diligent work ethic. She scored 12.4 points and 7.5 rebounds at Maryland Academy Tech and Health Services (MATHs). High school coach Clarence Scott calls her a diamond in the rough.
“Michelle has a chance to be a star the moment she steps on campus,” said Robinson. “She has a competitive edge and a will to succeed at anything she puts her mind to. Her skill set, size and versatility will allow her to make big plays on both ends of the floor for us. She will be able to play both forward positions for us with her primary position being at the small forward. We expect her to fill void that longtime Lady Aggie standouts Tracy King and DeAndra Davis will leave when they graduate.”
Story is a well-rounded player who can contribute on both offense and defense. She averaged 10.0 points and 10.5 rebounds during her junior season.
“Q is a fundamentally sound forward that can defend multiple positions outside of the position she plays,” Robinson explained. “She hasn't yet scratched the surface of her potential. She has the ability to score facing up or with her back to the basket. She is naturally strong and plays that way when she attacks the glass for rebounds. She will compete for immediate playing time when she arrives.”