ASU women ink five recruits
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Appalachian State’s women’s basketball team signed five players to national letters of intent.
The Mountaineers signed guard Bria Carter, guard Amber Doniere, point guard Mary Melissa Hoover, point guard Joi Jones and post player Mia Marshall to letters.
The class will take the place of a senior class that has been the cornerstone of the Appalachian State program, and the Darcie Vincent era. The Mountaineers will lose forwards Courtney Freeman, Anna Freeman, Kelsey Sharkey and guard Raven Gary.
Marshall, who stands 6-foot-2, is the tallest of the recruits. Marshall is from Parkview High School in Lilburn, Ga, where she received a two-star rating from HoopGirls.com.
Marshall is the cousin of Jones, a Duluth, Ga. native who played at Duluth High. Jones also received a two-star rating from HoopGirls.com.
“Mia has a true low post presence. She has great body size and strength. You cannot let her sweet smile deceive you as she has really committed herself to being a dominant force on the block.”
Vincent was also optimistic about Jones, a 5-6 point guard who is good in transition.
“Joi adds speed and tenacity to our point guard and off guard position,” Vincent said. “She is a tremendous on the ball defender and welcomes challenges to step up and defend the best.”
Hoover, a 5-7 point guard, who can also play the shooting guard position, was second-team all state for Episcopal High in Baton Rouge, La. She led her team to a pair of appearances in the state playoffs.
“Mary has a true point guard mentality,” Vincent said. “She has spent her high school career developing that mentality by attending numerous camps including a point guard specific camp.”
Doniere, a 6-0 guard from Wilmington Laney High, can also play the post. She led Laney to a Mid-Eastern Conference championship and to the state 4-A playoffs three seasons.
Doniere is expected to be a three-time academic all-state selection.
“Amber is a versatile post player that will be an interesting match up for many teams,” Vincent said. “Amber is a smooth player with a nice touch around the basket. She is undersized at the post position but possesses the necessary skills to move to the small forward position.”
Carter, a 6-0 guard from Spotsylvania (Va.), earned back-to-back first-team All-District honors her freshman and sophomore seasons. She averaged 18 points per game her last two seasons.
“Bria possesses an uncanny ability to score,” Vincent said. “She has great size at the wing position and will give us a huge advantage at that position.”