Nov. 29, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB women’s basketball team has signed three prospects to National Letters of Intent, as announced by head coach Audra Smith on Thursday.
Abrea Harris (Charlotte, N.C.), Kasey Drayton (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Sade Chatman (Minneapolis, Minn.) will join the Blazers to begin the 2013-14 season.
“I am very pleased with the signing class we have brought in,” Smith said. “All three of these players are champions – they have competed for championships in their careers and know what it takes to win. They are all also very strong academically with high GPA’s, so I feel like we are getting the complete package both on and off the court.”
Harris is in her senior season at Harding University High School, where she helped her team win the North Carolina 3A State Championship. She earned Most Valuable Player honors in the championship game after guiding the Rams to a 26-3 overall record in the 2011-12 season. The 5-foot-9 guard, who is ranked as the No. 32 guard prospect nationally by ESPN.com, averaged 12.6 points per game and 5.6 assists per contest last season after an 11.7 points per game average during her sophomore campaign.
“We play in a guard dominated conference and that will continue in the future,” said Smith. “Abrea is a player who is both a great shooter and exceptional passer. In watching her, what sticks out to me is that she is a very unselfish player who puts her teammates in great position to score.”
Chatman is a 6-foot-2 center who prepped at St. Paul Central High School. The diverse Chatman played multiple positions for the Minutemen, while helping her team to a 20-7 record (9-1 league mark) in 2011-12. She was also ranked as the No. 34 overall prospect in the state of Minnesota by Maxpreps.com at the conclusion of her junior season.
“Sade is a great pickup for us” Smith said. “This is the first time in my career here at UAB that I have gotten a player out of Minnesota. She is good at both facing the basket and playing with her back to the goal, and she will fit in right away with our system and what we are trying to do.”
Drayton comes to UAB by way of St. Petersburg, Fla., where she played at Lakewood High School. The 6-foot-1 forward averaged 15 points per game last season and led her team to the state final four.
“Kasey is a unique player,” Smith added. “She is very long and lean with a diverse skill set. Kasey is one of those players that is good in the post, but can also play out on the perimeter with her excellent ball-handling skills.”
With the signing of these three prospects, UAB has completed the early signing period. The Blazers, who are 7-1 on the season, travel to George Mason on Sunday for a 1 p.m. CT tip.