JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 14, 2017) – Head coach Brittney Ezell announced on Tuesday the signings of Amaya Adams (Kansas City, Mo.), Shynia Jackson (Warner Robbins, Ga.), E’Lease Stafford (Lawrence, Kan.), and Kaia Upton (Nashville, Tenn.) to National Letters of Intent to join the program for the 2018-19 season.
“As a whole, the versatility in this class is going to be impactful, said head coach Brittney Ezell. “The fact that all four of them have won in multiple levels of competition was importance to us. All four are high character kids. All four come from winning programs and are leaders in their own right. We’re really excited to see how this class continues to come together. We’re honored and thankful that they chose to be a part of what we’re doing at East Tennessee State University.”
AMAYA ADAMS – 5’10” GUARD – KANSAS CITY, MO. – NOTRE DAME de SION HIGH SCHOOL
“Amaya is one of the toughest competitors at the guard position that we evaluated over the summer. She is skilled and strong and has a savvy understanding of the game. Amaya will compete for immediate minutes at all three guard positions and will continue our lineage of tough lead guards.”
SHYNIA JACKSON – 6’1” FORWARD -- WARNER ROBINS, GA. – WARNER ROBINS HIGH SCHOOL
“Shynia is versatile and dynamic in the things that she can do on the basketball floor. She has tremendous upside and we believe that her best basketball is still ahead of her. She is equally as talented off the floor as on and possesses natural leadership skills that will translate well to the college level.”
E’LEASE STAFFORD – 5’11 FORWARD – LAWRENCE, KAN. – LAWRENCE HIGH SCHOOL
“E’Lease is another versatile player who could compete for playing time at all 5 positions. She is physically gifted as an athlete and has a workman like approach to bettering herself daily. We believe that she is a big time sleeper in the class of 2018 and that she too has her best basketball ahead of her.”
KAIA UPTON – 5’7” GUARD – NASHVILLE, TENN. – EAST NASHVILLE MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL
“Kaia Upton is one of the most powerful lead guards in the Southeast. She has the ability to get to the rim and finish through contact, as well as remarkable court awareness. Kaia is a proven winner with a high motor. Not only is she a winner on the court, but Kaia is a high character kid that takes great pride in being a leader and a positive role model for her family, team and school.”
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