CHARLESTON, S.C. – College of Charleston women’s basketball head coach Natasha Adair has announced that three talented student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Cougar family for the 2014-15 season.
Zoe Wallis, Justyce Swango and Dyzhanay Burton all took advantage of the early signing period to join Adair’s second recruiting class at the College.
“We are very excited to sign these three special young ladies,” said Adair. “Their character, talent and academic integrity are a perfect fit for the College of Charleston.”
Zoe Wallis, 6’5 Center, (Chesterfield, Mo.)
Wallis is the starting center for Parkway Central High School in Chesterfield, Mo, (a suburb of St. Louis), where under head coach Brian Guilfoyl , Zoe led the Colts to a 20-8 record, a first place finish in the district and a second place finish in State Sectional Tournament. Wallis earned 1st team All-District and 1st team All-Conference honors for her efforts on the hardwood. A two sport standout, Wallis also participates on Parkway’s volleyball team, where she plays middle blocker.
As effective in the classroom as she is on court, Wallis is a member of the National Honor Society, Quill and Scroll Journalism Honor Society and a Scholar Athlete Award Winner. Wallis is the Co-Editor of the yearbook and a member of the 2013 Parkway HS Homecoming Court..
Coach Adair on Wallis…
Zoe is a student of the game. She’s intelligent and has natural leadership qualities that should provide for a smooth transition to the collegiate game. On the court she’s a force on the inside. A natural rim protector, Zoe fills a void for us with her ability to play physically and finish around the rim. She has terrific hands and can stretch the defense from 17-feet. Her determinations to excel on and off the court are her intangibles for success. There was instant chemistry with Zoe and her new teammates, and I know our entire staff is excited to watch her develop and become a great player in the CAA.
Zoe Wallis on signing her letter of intent…
“I am incredibly honored to be playing under Coach Adair and her staff at the College of Charleston – I can’t imagine a better fit for me. It’s a long way from home, but when I first visited the campus, I felt comfortable. The atmosphere is amazing and I’m already looking forward to next year – I can’t wait.”
Dyzhanay “DiDi” Burton, 5’5 Point Guard, (Baltimore, Md.)
DiDi comes to the Lowcountry from Baltimore City College where under the guidance of George Petrides, she led the City Knights to a 20-5 record last year, a city championship and a state regional runner-up. DiDi plays summer showcase with Team Maryland Shooting Stars, coached by Tim Burroughs, where they won the 2012 State Championship. DiDi was a teammate of current CofC freshman Breanna Bolden.
Coach Adair on Burton…
“DiDi has lighting quick speed and the ability to break down defenders, which will be a great complement to our style of play here at the College. She is a fierce competitor who plays with a will-to-win attitude every time she steps on the court. She’s a leader and a winner. DiDi and I connected early and I’m confident that our coach-player relationship will enable her to help lead our program to a CAA championship. She’s a charismatic kid and loves to laugh. I'm thrilled that DiDi chose to join our Cougar family and I'm looking forward to her stepping on the floor at TD Arena next season.”
DiDi on coming to Charleston…
“I know a lot of girls all across the country signed recently to play college basketball and I know that they will all be working hard this season to get better and prepare for next year. It’s my job to outwork them all! I’m really looking forward to coming to Charleston next year, it already feels like home. I love the team’s camaraderie and that was the most important part of my decision to come play at the College. I know it will be a great place to spend the next four years of my life.”
Justyce Swango, 5’5, Point Guard, (Virginia Beach, Va.)
A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Swango is a senior at Princess Anne High School. Swango helped guide the Cavaliers to the Group-AAA state championship game this past season as a junior and is the 16th-ranked point guard in the class of 2014 and a four-star recruit according to ESPN. She averaged 10.4 points, 3.7 assists and 3.4 steals as a junior. Justyce’s parents are India and Jason Swango
Coach Adair on Swango…
Justyce is a natural floor-general and a born leader. She is a tireless worker with a high basketball IQ. Her speed and defensive toughness will cause havoc for future opponents. Justyce also has the ability and skill to score anywhere on the court and I love the passion that she plays with. Our conversations about winning excite me and I believe she is up for any competitive challenge. I’m confident in our chances with the ball in her hands and we are honored to have her in Maroon and White.
Justyce on choosing the College of Charleston…
“It is my greatest honor to play for Coach Adair at the College of Charleston. My goals are in line with her vision and I will do whatever it takes to win a championship at the College. It’s not about how big you are, it’s about how big you play – I’m fortunate that she saw that in me.”
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