East Carolina University head women's basketball coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener announced today that Jamie Shaw (Columbia, S.C.), Ashley Clarke (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) and Chareya Smith (Raleigh, N.C.) have each signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball for the Lady Pirates beginning in the 2008-09 season.
Shaw, a 5-9 guard, joins the Lady Pirates from Cardinal Newman High School, where she scored over 1,000 points in just three years. She averaged 19 points, nine assists, six steals and two blocks a game her junior season under head coach Kimberly Bouchey, being named the SCISA Player-of-the-Year in 2007. Shaw has been named to the All-Area, All-Region and All-State tournament teams for three straight seasons. She has also lettered in soccer at Spring Valley.
"Jamie is a tough-nose athlete with her best basketball in front of her,” Baldwin-Tener said. “She comes with an athletic pedigree with her mother playing volleyball at the University of South Carolina and her father playing professional hockey in the NHL. Her competitiveness and understanding of the game will be an asset for our program.”
As a junior, Clarke averaged 20 points, nine steals, six rebounds, and six assists per game at Myrtle Beach High School. The 5-6 combo guard was named the 3-A, All-Region, and All-Conference Player-of-the-Year this past season. She has been the Conference Player-of-the-Year for the last three seasons. Clarke is a two-time Pee-Dee Classic MVP and a three-time Seahawk Award Winner. She is also a three-time all-state first-team honoree.
"Ashley is a versatile guard that thrives in an up-tempo style of play,” Baldwin-Tener explained. “She can defend and has the ability to break down with the dribble. She has a great understanding of the game and will find ways to get things done.”
Smith, a 6-0 forward, comes to Greenville from Athens Drive High School, where under head coach Chris Danehower she averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds her junior year. She is a two-time All-Conference honoree and was named the TAAC Player-of-the-Year after averaging 15 points and eight rebounds her sophomore season.
“Chareya is the definition of a power forward,” Baldwin-Tener said. “Her ability to take the ball coast to coast and make plays will give us another added dimension. She is strong, physical, and has a good understanding of the game.”
“ECU has put together a very good class,” said Brett McCormick of the All-Star Girls Report. “This class included legitimate impact players. Sharon (Baldwin-Tener) and her staff reloaded and these signees will keep them going.”
Shaw, Clarke, and Smith complete the 2008-09 recruiting class, joining Jean Best who signed with the Lady Pirates earlier this month