GREENVILLE, N.C. – Elise Shelton has signed a national letter-of-intent to attend East Carolina University and play basketball for the Pirates beginning with the 2012-13 season, according to an announcement Thursday by head coach Heather Macy.
"Elise fills an immediate need for our basketball program,” Macy said. “She provides us with size, a presence in the post and experience. Her skills, ability and work ethic will fit nicely with our returning pieces."
Shelton, a 6-4 center, played at Phoenix College last season, where she averaged a double-double with 14.7 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. She also produced 3.4 blocks per contest. Shelton led the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) in rebounding and blocked shots, was fifth in field goal percentage and eighth in scoring.
"From the moment I arrived for my visit to East Carolina, I was welcomed with open arms by everyone from the coaching staff and team to even the waitress at the Cracker Barrel," Shelton remarked. "I felt that everyone was genuinely kind and concerned for one another. It was that family atmosphere, hunger to succeed and passion for the game of basketball that stuck with me as I boarded my flight back to Phoenix. While my rational mind told me to be patient, the truth is, my decision was already made."
For her efforts during the campaign, she was named Third-Team All-ACCAC and Second Team All-Region. Shelton posted 21 double-figure scoring games in 27 outings and 17 double-digit rebounding efforts while pacing the squad with 15 double-doubles.
Her most impressive performance of the season occurred on Feb. 11 when she scored 18 points and pulled down 26 rebounds to go along with two blocks against Scottsdale Community College. Shelton was 9-for12 from the floor in that game and was 163-for-346 during the season.
“Elise Shelton will be greatly missed here at Phoenix College,” head coach Kristine Kincaid said. “It is impossible to imagine but she is still growing. East Carolina is inheriting a great person as well as a solid post player. We wish her much success and look forward to following her career at ECU.”
The Phoenix, Ariz., native played her prep basketball at South Mountain High School where she averaged 5.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game her senior season. The Jaguars advanced to the Arizona 5A Division II state semifinals on the way to posting a 20-5 overall record and 11-1 league ledger. South Mountain was also ranked No. 24 in the state by MaxPreps.com at the conclusion of the campaign.