— Staff Report
Weatherford College basketball player Itiana Taylor has signed a national letter of intent to attend and compete at East Carolina University beginning in the fall of 2014.
The Pflugerville, Tex. native was an All-America selection last season, earning third team honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association. She averaged 14.4 points and a conference-leading 10.7 rebounds per game in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference.
“Itiana is one of the best players in the country,” said ECU head coach Heather Macy. “She has a unique combination of athleticism, toughness and character. She’s a great teammate with a real gift for scoring the basketball. She’s very versatile and will be a great fit in our system.”
As a freshman, Taylor helped lead WC to a conference title, a 25-6 overall record and a berth in the 2013 NJCAA National Tournament in Salina, Kansas. She is currently a sophomore competing for the Lady Coyotes.
“Coach Bob McKinley at Weatherford College is the winningest junior college coach in the country,” Macy said. “He has done an outstanding job developing Itiana as both a person and a player.”
In just one year of collegiate action, the 6-foot-1 Taylor is ranked as the No. 3 power forward and the No. 10 overall junior college player in the nation by Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. She is also rated the No. 23 junior college player in the nation by All-Star Girl’s Report.
Taylor played prep basketball at Pflugerville High School where she was an All-State honoree and was named Most Valuable Player in District 16-5A. She helped the Lady Panthers advance to the regional quarterfinal round in the state playoffs where she averaged a double-double with 18 points per game and 11 rebounds per game as a senior. In her junior year, she led Pflugerville to the Region II finals.
ECU is an NCAA Division I institution located in Greenville, N.C. The Pirates compete in Conference USA but are moving to the American Athletic Conference next season to compete against the likes of Memphis, Louisville, U-Conn, Houston, SMU and others.
“We are so excited to welcome Itiana to our basketball family,” Macy said. “I have no doubt she will have an immediate impact as we move into the American Athletic Conference.”