May 14, 2014
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Women's Basketball Head Coach Natasha Adairannounced the signing of two additional student-athletes to join the squad this upcoming season. Justyce Swango and Dyzhanay "DiDi" Burton will come to the Hilltop this summer to begin their careers with the Blue & Gray, both will be staying close to home continuing to build a local fan base.
Swango is 5-5 point guard from Virginia Beach, Va., where she played basketball at Princess Anne High School and AAU with Boo Williams Norfolk Xpress along with current Georgetown recruit Dorothy Adomako. Princess Anne has had incredible success with Swango going to four-consecutive Group AAA State Championship Games and winning it in both 2011 and 2014. In 2011, the squad was ranked No. 3 in the nation by USA Today and this past season the team sat as high as No. 16. In her time at Princess Anne, the squad went 128-6.
Individually, Swango was a two-time team MVP and captain. She is a two-time first team all-conference honoree and was named the Athlete of the Year at Princess Anne as well as earning the John A. Tucker Memorial Award For Excellence in Female Athletics and Leadership for the City of Virginia Beach School District. She averaged 12.5 ppg and 5.5 assists per game as well as 5.0 steals per game as a senior.
Off the court, she volunteers with Wave CityCare and mentors nine and 10-year-old girls through Boo Williams Red Tide.
"Justyce is a natural floor general and a born leader," said Adair. "She is a tireless worker with a high basketball IQ and her speed and defensive toughness will cause havoc for future opponents. Justyce also has the ability and skill to score anywhere on the court and I love the passion that she plays with. Our conversations about winning excite me, I'm confident in our chances with the ball in her hands."
Burton is a 5-5 point guard from Baltimore City College High School in Baltimore, Md. She was a four-year starter who led her team in scoring, assists and steals for all four years of her high school career. In her senior season, Burton averaged 13.1 pppg, 3.4 assists per game and 3.1 steals per game, leading her team to a 20-4 record and the state sectional finals. She finished her high school career with 1,230 points, 422 assists and 378 steals.
Burton is a three-time Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection, twice being selected to the first team. She earned a spot on the 695 Hoops First Team and was an ESBC All-American. Burton played AAU basketball with the Team Adidas Maryland Shooting Stars.
The two-sport athlete also played varsity soccer for two years, and led her team to the city championship in her sophomore year. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is a two-time winner of the prestigious Ben Carson Scholarship.
"DiDi has lighting-quick speed and the ability to break down defenders, which will be a great complement to our style of play," said Adair. "She is a fierce competitor who plays with a will-to-win attitude every time she steps on the court, she's a leader and a winner. DiDi and I connected early and I'm confident that our coach-player relationship will enable her to have success in our program. She's a charismatic kid who loves to laugh and I'm thrilled that DiDi chose to join our Hoya family."
Adomako and Chenya Sealey committed earlier and will raise the total to four newcomers in the upcoming season.