McNelis Signs Sixth Player to 2001-02 Squad
April 17, 2001
MEMPHIS, TENN. - University of Memphis head women's basketball coach Joye Lee-McNelis announced today the signing of Aesha Carter to a National Letter of Intent for the 2001-02 basketball season.
Carter becomes the sixth player signed for next season's squad. She joins Latrice Booker (6-2, C, Winnfield, La.), Jeralynn Campbell (6-2, C, Tampa, Fla.), Jennifer Sullivan (5-10, G/F, Jonesboro, Ark.) and Raven Rogers (5-10, G, Jackson, Miss.) who all signed during the early signing period, and Kalara McFadyen (5-6, G, Aukland, New Zealand) who signed this past Wednesday. This could easily be one of McNelis' largest recruiting classes as she must fill the voids left by seniors Tiffany Adkins, Patrice Boyd, Malissa Bush, Tiffany Collins and Kelly Herron. McNelis hopes to sign one more player by the end of the signing period.
A 6-2 forward, Carter joins the Lady Tigers after a stellar prep career at Decatur High School in Decatur, Ala. As a senior, Carter led her squad to a 26-8 finish after averaging 12.0 points and 8.0 rebounds a game. As a junior, she helped her team to a 34-0 finish, a top five national ranking and a state championship. She scored 22 points in the 6A title game against Hoover. Hoover High School defeated Decatur this past season in the state championship game. Carter, who chose Memphis over Ole Miss, had been listed as a "Player to Watch" in USA Today, and was named as an honorable mention pick to the Alabama Sports Writer's Association all-state team.
"Aesha has tremendous potential to be a great player," said McNelis. "At 6-2, she has the ability to take you off the dribble, shoot the three as well as post up. She is rated as the 32nd-best wing player in the country, and she will give us the versatility that we had when WNBA star LaTonya Johnson was with us."