Nov. 16, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Women's Basketball Coach Keith Brownhas announced six players signed to National Letters of Intent from the Class of 2013. The recruiting class is Brown's first as a head coach and the highest a class has been ranked in program history taking the No. 9 position in the Blue Star Report.
The Hoyas will lose three seniors to graduation so the six freshmen will give the team more depth next season, moving back to a 14-man roster. On the court, Brown and his staff are hoping to bolster the roster with strength, speed and athleticism that can play a Georgetown brand of basketball.
Shayla Cooper: Strong forward who gets after it on the offensive glass
Shayla Cooper is a 6-1 forward out of Norcross High School from Norcross, Ga. She is ranked 35th overall by ESPN's HoopGurlz.com and 12th at her position as well as 50th from Blue Star Basketball. Cooper averaged 13.6 ppg and five rebounds for her high school team which went to the state semifinals and also helped her squad to a Class AAAAA State Championship the year prior. She shot almost 60 percent from the field last season and earned all-county and all-region honors. Cooper played AAU with Essence Girls Basketball.
Brown on Cooper:Shayla is the highest-rated player we have gotten at Georgetown. She is an absolute monster and can do everything on the court playing the 2-5. Her ability to score and defend is second to none in the nation.
Tyshell King: Can finish in traffic or hit the pull-up jumper
Tyshell King is a local product out of Baltimore, Md. The 5-11 guard from St. Frances Academy ranks 11th among the 2013 guards and 44th overall by HoopGurlz.com, while also earning the No. 24 spot from Blue Star Basketball. She was a First Team All-IAAM All-Star a season ago. King played with the famed Philly Belles AAU program.
Brown on King:Tyshell is one kid who can put the ball on floor or shoot the jump shot. She gives us versatility and helps us in a way that we haven't seen in a long time here at Georgetown. Probably not since the magnificent class of seven.
Faith Woodard: Incredibly athletic with speed and agility
Faith Woodard comes to the Hilltop from Brandon, Fla., where she attended Freedom High School. The 6-2 forward is ranked 89th overall and 23rd at her position by HoopGurlz.com. Woodard also earned the 150th overall spot on the Blue Star Basketball rankings. As a junior she averaged 21.4 ppg and 11 rpg at Riverview High School and she had 18.2 ppg and 10.8 rpg as a sophomore. The talented athlete won the Florida Class 4A State High Jump Championship in May. Woodard played AAU with Essence Girls Basketball.
Brown on Woodard:Faith is the most athletically-gifted kid we have gotten here at Georgetown. She is a state champion high jumper and a track star. At 6-2 she can play multiple positions and get up and down the floor.
Kelsey Briggs: Good size and strong in the post
Kelsey Briggs joins the Hoyas from Memphis, Tenn., where she attends Memphis Overton High School after transferring from Freedom High School. The 6-2 guard is ranked 44th at her position by HoopGurlz.com as well as No. 253 by the Blue Star Report. Briggs played AUU with Memphis Elite.
Brown on Briggs:Kelsey is the most versatile player sinceTia Magee. At 6-2, she can play guard, shoot from the outside, go to the basket and post up. She can do so many things on the floor that sometimes she is overlooked, but she could be one of the best players to ever play at Georgetown.
Jade Martin: Strong and explosive on the court
Jade Martin comes to Georgetown from Bloomington, Minn., where the 5-10 point guard attends John F. Kennedy High School. Martin is ranked No. 123 by BlueStar Basketball. Last season, she averaged 15.7 ppg for her squad which went 17-11. Martin played AAU with the Minnesota Stars.
Brown on Martin:There is no one in the country who I have seen that plays harder than Jade. She plays so hard it's scary. She can be the 1, 2 or 3, she defends, she rebounds and she loves to share the ball.
Natalie Butler: A hard worker in the paint that can block shots and rebound
Natalie Butler is a 6-5 center from Fairfax, Va., where she plays at Lake Braddock Academy. Butler is ranked No. 140 by Blue Star Basketball, and had a breakout season as a junior averaging 18.7 ppg and 18.5 rpg earning Honorable Mention All-Met along the way. She played AAU with the Fairfax Stars.
Brown on Butler: Natalie gives us the best low post presence since Aminata Diop. She can rebound with abandon and runs the floor like a gazelle. She comes from great stock since her dad was an outstanding player at the Naval Academy. Natalie solidifies what we want to do in the post here are Georgetown.