Nov. 14, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - UAB women's basketball head coach Randy Norton announced the signing of three standout players to national letters of intent on Wednesday.
Maya Garland (Chicago, Ill./Fenwich High School), T'erra Lewis (Montgomery, Ala./Robert E. Lee High School) and Whytney Singleton (Mobile, Ala./Blount High School) have each signed NLI's to continue their athletic and academic careers at UAB.
"We are excited to have Maya, T'erra and Whytney join our UAB basketball family," said head coach Randy Norton. "With this first recruiting class, we have added three student-athletes that are driven to excel on and off the court. Each girl comes from a competitive program with a winning mentality. Collectively this trio brings skill, understanding of the game and a ton of character with the potential to have immediate impact on our program."
Garland, a 5-foot-7 guard, enters her senior season as a preseason all-area selection at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Ill. As a junior, she averaged 10 points, 3.0 steals and 3.0 assists per game. She helped lead her school to a regional championship finishing with a 23-7 record as a sophomore.
The versatile guard comes to UAB with the experience of playing under two highly-respected coaches. Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Famer Dave Powers and well-known AAU coach of the Lady Fire, Mac Irving have helped mold Garland into a great player. She has a special connection with UAB's assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Ashleen Bracey, who also played basketball in the Oak Park, Ill. area.
"Maya is a lock-down defender," said Norton. "She is aggressive and can shoot the three extremely well offensively. She plays for an outstanding high school and AAU program that has prepared her for the next level at UAB. She brings us a lot of toughness, and will be a great addition to our team."
Awarded MVP for Lee High two years in a row under coach Freeah Smith, Lewis was selected for the All-Metro First Team honor twice. She played AAU basketball for the Montgomery Roadrunners.
"T'erra is just a player! She is an outstanding point guard that can do it all," said Norton. "Bottom line, she is a competitor. She is explosive off the dribble, can knock down the three, and has a tremendous vision and ability to get her teammates the ball."
Singleton, a 5-foot-7 guard, helped lead Blount High School to a 30-5 overall record, finishing as the 6A Alabama State runner up as a junior. She enters her fourth season under coach Jarvis Wilson averaging 16.2 points, 8.2 assists, 7.2 rebounds and 5.2 steals per game. She has served as team captain for two years, and has been selected to the All-Region First Team and All-Mobile County First Team. She was also selected to participate in the North-South All-Star game this past summer.
Singleton is 30 points shy of scoring 1,000 high school career points. The four-year starter has over 350 career assists and already has dished out 25 in just two games. She played AAU basketball for the Bama Storm.
"Whytney is a high-IQ basketball player," said Norton. "She really shoots the three well and has a remarkable feel for the game. She is an extremely hard worker with unlimited potential."
The three UAB signees will complete their high school careers this year and compete for the Blazers beginning with the 2014-2015 season.