CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland State women's basketball head coach Kate Peterson Abiad announced her incoming class for the 2018-19 season Monday morning, as three players have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Cleveland State University beginning next fall.
McKinney High School | Sherman, Texas
5'7" | Guard
North Ridgeville High School | North Ridgeville, Ohio
5'8" | Wing
Harold S. Vincent High School | Milwaukee, Wisconsin
6'0" | Post/Forward
All three will join the Vikings as true freshman for the 2018-19 season, with four years of eligibility remaining.
"This year our program is reaping the benefits of having an exceptional individual leading the charge when it comes to recruiting," Peterson Abiad said. "At the hands of Stephanie Mentz-Bruce, we have signed one of our best classes to the Cleveland State women's basketball program, and I am very grateful to her for her hard work and vision."
Three-time First team All-District honoree at McKinney High School in Serman, Texas…Named the team's Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman, sophomore and junior…Has recorded 1,000+ points, 200+ rebounds and 200+ assists through three seasons of her high school career…Three-time First Team All-Academic honoree.
Peterson Abiad on Braxton
"JaMiya was the first to commit, and is excited about bringing her basketball experiences to Cleveland, all the way from Texas. JaMiya caught my attention on the recruiting circuit with her ability to shoot the ball. She is the type of player who hunts her shot at all times and knocks down threes in bunches. Initially a point guard, before switching to the shooting guard position, JaMiya will be able to fill in at the point position if needed, and bring the much needed skill of sharp, long range shooting to our program."
Two-time All-South West Conference honoree – First Team as a junior and Second Team as a sophomore…Named All-Lorain County twice…Picked up Second Team All-District and Honorable Mention All-State as a junior…Averaged 18.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.5 steals, and 2.3 assists per game last year as a junior…Member of the North Ridgeville Honor Roll.
Peterson Abiad on Geraci
"Izzy is a player that we have kept our eye on for the past couple of years. She has continued to grow as a player, and has improved her skill set to match her excellent athletic ability and strength. Izzy plays a physical and feisty game - she uses her physicality to attack the rim, both for scoring and for rebounding. Her leaping ability allows her to play in the paint, although she is a guard. I love her versatility and her willingness to do the 'dirty work' on the court. She will definitely bring toughness and athleticism to our program."
Two-time All-Milwaukee Gold Conference honoree – earning First Team and Second Team accolades…Named the Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman…Involved with the Women's Basketball Senior Council at Harold S. Vincent High School.
Peterson Abiad on Crockett
"I am exceptionally proud to welcome Savanna to our program, she has the tenacity, athleticism and mentality to be one of the best forwards our program has ever had. She is a tenacious rebounder with great touch around the basket. She has the ability to face up and get to the rim off the drive, and has great hands and excellent athletic ability. Savanna comes from both a high school program and an AAU program (Wisconsin Playground) where she has been prepared for the collegiate game. We have had several players from both of these programs, who have gone on to be impact players here for our program, and I believe Savanna will do the same."
"I look forward to the collegiate careers of these three young women," Peterson Abiad said. "I believe they will bring the skills and talents that are necessary for the continued growth of our women's basketball program."