Camila Tapias Signs NLI to Join GW Women's Basketball
Colombian Combo Guard is Fifth Member of 2014-15 Freshman Class
April 18, 2014
WASHINGTON - Colombian guard Camila Tapias has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the George Washington women's basketball team in the fall of 2014, Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis announced today.
"Cami is a talented left-handed player who will be able to score in a variety of ways in our high-scoring offense," said Coach Tsipis. "With the graduation of Danni Jackson and Megan Nipe, we are excited to add Cami to our talented core of perimeter players that will make up the 2014-15 roster."
A combo guard from Bogotá, Colombia, Tapias spent her senior season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where she averaged 14.5 points, 5.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game and shot 40 percent from three-point range, leading the Ascenders to a 32-13 record.
Tapias, who chose GW over Georgetown, Auburn and San Diego State, was one of 25 seniors in the world chosen to play in the SchollyMe All-World Game in Irvine, Calif., on April 19.
The leading scorer for the Colombian U-18 National Team in 2012, Tapias was second in the world in scoring (15.0 ppg) and three-pointers made (3.0 per game) at the 2012 FIBA Americas Championships.
Tapias comes from a prominent Colombian basketball family, as her mother, Yenny Pinilla, was a star on the Colombian National Team and is currently its coach, and her father, José Tapias, was one of the best players in Colombian basketball history and currently coaches Piratas Bogotá, one of the top professional basketball teams in Colombia.
Tapias is the fifth member of GW's highly touted 2014-15 freshman class, which was ranked as the top recruiting class in the Atlantic 10 and No. 41 in the nation by Blue Star Report after the fall early signing period. Tapias joins guards Brianna Cummings and Mia Farmer and post players Jada Matthews and Kelli Prange, who signed their NLIs in November.
"Cami's addition to our 2014 class gives us the ability to score the basketball from all over the floor," said Coach Tsipis. "Cami joins Jada Matthews, Mia Farmer, Kelli Prange and Brianna Cummings as players who have been successful at a high level, and we are excited to coach them for the next four years."