Guard commits to USF women's hoops for 2012
USF women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez, already ahead of the recruiting curve with two commitments for 2011, has moved even farther ahead, picking up a pledge this week from Shavontae Naylor, a rising junior at Southwest Atlanta Christian School.
"I wanted to play in Florida, and they're in the Big East. That type of opportunity doesn't come around easy," said Naylor, who was named co-MVP of USF's Elite basketball camp this weekend.
Naylor, a 5-foot-10 guard who will likely play shooting guard or small forward at USF, said she chose the Bulls over offers from Miami, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Auburn. After playing her freshman year at Ocala Forest, her family moved to Atlanta last summer -- she attends the same school that Magic star Dwight Howard went to -- his father Dwight Sr. is the school's athletic director. She has two more years before she'll get to USF, but said her commitment is firm.
Naylor said her strength is on defense, and Kenny Kallina, her coach with FGB (Florida Girls Basketball) said Fernandez has compared Naylor to former Bulls guard Rachael Sheats, another stout defender.
"She's going to be able to guard the best player on the other team every night," said Kallina, who said Naylor is ranked among the top 150 players in the nation for her class.
Naylor has already shown a knack for clutch scoring -- she scored four points in the final 10 seconds of a win that sent SACA to the state final four this spring.
Fernandez already has a pair of 2011 commitments, from Boca Ciega guard Tamara Taylor and Jacksonville point guard Shaleitha Stringfield, with one more scholarship available for the upcoming class, likely for a post player.