GW Women's Hoops NLI Signees Shine in Senior Seasons
Five Future Colonials Complete Scholastic Careers in Style
April 30, 2014
The George Washington women's basketball team's five incoming freshmen who make up Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis' second recruiting class recently completed their high school careers and received a number of honors and accolades in their final scholastic seasons.
Brianna Cummings, a 5-10 wing from Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross, Ga., was named the 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post Player of the Year after averaging a Gwinnett County-best 23.0 points per game and ranking in the top three in the county in rebounds (11.1 rpg) and steals (4.0 spg). She averaged an eye-popping 32.0 points per game in the postseason, leading GAC (22-7) to the Class AA state quarterfinals. Cummings, who was selected to play in the Gwinnett Senior All-Star Game, was also named All-Metro Gwinnett Player of the Year and Class AA State Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and County Player of the Year and All-County Academic by the Gwinnett Tipoff Club.
Mia Farmer, a 5-7 guard from Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Pa., ranked fifth in Delaware County with 16.6 points per game and was named the Daily Times All-Delco Player of the Year. The Philadelphia Catholic League MVP, Farmer was named to the AP Pennsylvania All-State First Team and was also selected to playing the All-Star Labor Classic.
Jada Matthews, a 6-0 forward from Winslow Township High School in Atco, N.J., was selected to the All-South Jersey first team, the All-Conference first team and the Star-Ledger All-Group 3 Third Team after averaging 20.7 points and 3.7 assists per game in her senior season. A McDonald's All-American game nominee, Matthews graduated as Winslow's all-time leading scorer with 1,562 points in her career and was selected to play in a number of all-star games, including the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association North-South Senior All-Star Game and the South Jersey Al Carino All-Star Game. She also broke her school's single-game scoring record when she poured in 44 points against Cherry Hill East in early January.
Kelli Prange, a 6-5 forward from Damascus High School in Damascus, Md., averaged 21.4 points and 11.0 rebounds per game en route to Washington Post All-Met First Team and All-League First Team honors. The Maryland Gazette and Montgomery Sentinel Player of the Year, Prange led the Swarmin' Hornets to the Maryland 3A state title game, where she scored 20 points and 17 rebounds.
Finally, Camila Tapias, a 5-6 combo guard from Bogotá, Colombia, 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 to lead the Ascenders to a 32-13 record. Tapias was one of 25 seniors selected to play in the SchollyMe All-World Game in Irvine, Calif., on April 19.
Tapias signed her National Letter of Intent earlier this month, joining early signees Cummings, Farmer, Matthews and Prange, who signed with the Colonials in November. The class 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.