GW Women's Basketball Inks Four to National Letters of Intent
Cummings, Farmer, Matthews, Prange Comprise Top Recruiting Class in A-10
Nov. 14, 2013
WASHINGTON - George Washington women's basketball head coach Jonathan Tsipis announced today the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2014-15 season. Post players Jada Matthews and Kelli Prange and wings Brianna Cummings and Mia Farmer comprise the top recruiting class in the Atlantic 10 according to Blue Star Report, which ranks the group No. 41 in the nation.
"I am excited about the opportunity to coach these four exceptional young women who will join our program next year," said Coach Tsipis. "With our second recruiting class, we wanted champions on the court, in the classroom and in life. My staff - associate head coach Megan Duffy, our recruiting coordinator, as well as assistant coaches Diane Richardson and Bill Ferrara - have worked extremely hard to build relationships with these student-athletes who fit our vision of putting this program among the nation's elite, and this recruiting class helps us build the next chapter in the highly successful tradition of GW Women's Basketball."
Brianna Cummings is a 5-10 wing from Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross, Ga., who has averaged 15.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists in her career. Cummings averaged 18.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 3.5 spg and 2.2 bpg last season as a junior en route to All-County First Team and All-Metro Second Team honors. Ranked 25th in the nation at her position by ESPN HoopGurlz, Cummings is a three-time First-Team All-Region and All-State selection who led the Lady Spartans to the 2011 state title game. In addition, she was named the MVP of the 2013 Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North/South Junior All-Star Game and the GACS Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Cummings also earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Boo Williams Nike Invitational after leading her AAU team, the Georgia Pistols, to the Newport News Division championship.
"Brianna is a very long and skilled wing player that can change the game in many ways," said Coach Tsipis. "She is an outstanding slasher from the perimeter that attacks the basket. She can also guard four different positions on the floor. She is a tireless defender and has the ability to attack in transition. Brianna has shown that she is a proven winner during her time at both Greater Atlanta Christian High School and the Georgia Pistols."
Mia Farmer is a 5-7 guard from Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Pa., who helped lead the Lions to the 2013 Philadelphia Catholic League and district championships and state semifinals. A First-Team All-Catholic, Third-Team All-State and Second-Team All-Delco and All-Southern Pennsylvania selection as a junior, she averaged 13.4 points, 4.7 assists, 6.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game last season. Farmer was also the MVP of the 2013 All-City Classic and Blue Chip Super Sunday, and she was the recipient of the Michael Minichini Award for outstanding athletic achievement.
"Mia is an outstanding long-range shooter with a quick release and strong build for a wing player," said Coach Tsipis. "She is a very active defender who pressures the ball and uses her strength to rebound. Mia made her mark on the national scene with Philly Triple Threat AAU Team and continues to show great leadership and consistency at Cardinal O'Hara High School."
Jada Matthews is a forward from Winslow Township High School in Atco, N.J., who has averaged 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists for her career. A two-time All-South Jersey selection, Matthews has also earned First-Team All-Olympic Conference honors each season.
"Jada is a very strong and skilled versatile post who can score on the block but also is very skilled facing up on the perimeter," said Coach Tsipis. "She is an excellent passer from the high post and a very active rebounder. She has a very soft shooting touch that will drag defenses out from the lane. Her time with USA Basketball and commitment to improving everyday will only continue to enhance our program."
Kelli Prange is a 6-5 forward from nearby Damascus High School in Damascus, Md., who averaged 15.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game last season and led the Hornets to a 23-3 record and a spot in the state semifinals. The local product earned All-County First Team and Washington Post All-Met Fourth Team honors as a junior. She was also named MVP of the Diamond State Classic Tournament.
"Kelli is one of the top players in the Washington-metropolitan area," said Coach Tsipis. "She is a very skilled post player who can step out and shoot the three as well as post up with excellent footwork. She is a very gifted passer from the high post and will stretch the floor with her shooting range. Kelli has been a staple in our basketball rich area, representing the Germantown Lady Panthers and bringing a championship level mentality to Damascus high school."