Two Gwinnett girls basketball stars and two Clayton boys basketball standouts are headed out of state to play at the next level. Tuesday, Norcross senior Shayla Cooper committed to Georgetown over offers from Miami and Texas A&M after averaging 13.6 points as a junior last year, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post. Cooper and Diamond DeShields, each ranked in the top 35 nationally by ESPN, helped the Lady Blue Devils to the Class AAAAA semifinals.
Katie Frerking, who helped Wesleyan to yet another state title last season, committed to Auburn over the weekend. Frerking averaged 8.5 points, six rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks last year, but exploded for 20 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks in the state championship game. Frerking also excels for Wesleyan’s softball team. She reportedly chose Auburn over Richmond, SMU, N.C. State, Pittsburgh and JMU. Four other Wesleyan basketball seniors hold scholarships including according to the Wesleyan website, including Kendra Talley (Presbyterian), Brittany Stevens (Samford), Taylor Blackmon (Kennesaw State) and CaraMia Tsirigos (Indiana for softball).
Mount Zion’s Jarius Holder and Jonesboro power forward Chukedubem “Duby” Okeke have both pledged to Jacksonville University. Holder, a 6-foot-7 wing, pledged two weeks ago while Okeke, a 6-foot-8 senior, made his pledge late last week. Okeke averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks last year and held offers from Kennesaw State, Savannah State, Chattanooga and Gardner Webb. Holder averaged 24.5 points, seven rebounds, four assists and five blocks last year under new coach Maurice Triche. Holder held offers from Tennessee State, USC-Upstate and Southeast Missouri State, according to the Clayton News Daily.