Nov. 19, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - I'Tiana Taylor, a Third-Team National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I All-America selection out of Weatherford College (Texas), has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to attend and play women's basketball at East Carolina University beginning in the fall of 2014, according to an announcement by head coach Heather Macy on Tuesday.
"I'Tiana is one of the best players in the country," Macy said. "She has a unique combination of athleticism, toughness and character. She's a great teammate with a real gift for scoring the basketball. She's very versatile and will be a great fit in our system."
Taylor is currently a sophomore forward on the Weatherford College women's basketball team. She is coming off of a freshman season with the Coyotes in which she averaged 14.4 points per game while shooting 42.7-percent from the field. Additionally, she averaged a conference-leading 10.7 rebounds per game and concluded the season named First Team All-Conference and was a Third Team All-America selection.
At Weatherford, Taylor helped lead her squad to a 25-6 overall record and a 13-1 conference mark last year en route to advancing to the second round of the NJCAA Tournament.
"Coach Bob McKinley at Weatherford College is the winningest junior college coach in the country," Macy said. "He has done an outstanding job developing I'Tiana as both a person and a player."
In just one year of collegiate action, the 6-foot-1 Taylor is ranked as the No. 3 power forward and the No. 10 overall junior college player in the nation by Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. She is also rated the No. 23 junior college player in the nation by All-Star Girl's Report.
Taylor played prep basketball at Pflugerville High School in Texas where she was an All-State honoree and was named Most Valuable Player from District 16-5A. She helped the Lady Panthers advance to the regional quarterfinal round in the state playoffs where she averaged a double-double with 18.0 points per game and 11.0 rebounds per game as a senior. In her junior year, she led Pflugerville to the Region II finals.
"We are so excited to welcome I'Tiana to our basketball family," Macy said. "I have no doubt she will have an immediate impact as we move into the American Athletic Conference."
Forward | 6-1
Pflugerville, Texas | Pflugerville HS (Weatherford College)
2012-13: Led Weatherford College to a 25-6 overall record and a 13-1 conference mark en route to advancing to the second round of the NJCAA Tournament...Finished her freshman year averaging 14.4 points per game and a conference-best 10.7 rebounds per game...Named First Team All-Conference...Third Team All-America selection...Ranked the No. 3 power forward and the No. 10 overall junior college player in the nation by Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report...Rated the No. 23 junior college player in the nation by All-Star Girl's Report.
Pflugerville High School: Lettered in basketball, volleyball and track at Pflugerville High School...All-State honoree...Named MVP from District 16-5A...Helped led the Lady Panthers to the regional quarterfinal round in state playoffs in her senior year...Averaged a double-double with 18.0 points per game and 11.0 rebounds per game...Led Pflugerville to the Region II finals as a junior.