Prior to NC State: Ranked the 16th best center in the country by ESPN ... Rated as a 90 by ESPN ... Senior team went a nearly perfect 32-1, ranking second in North Carolina and 55th in the country ... Shot 48 percent from the field during her senior season, averaging 3.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per contest ... Played the first three years of her high school career at Dudley High School in Greensboro ... During her sophomore season at Dudley, collected 10 or more rebounds on 10 occasions, including a high of 15 in a win over West Forsyth.
Coach Moore's take: "We love Akela's length and her ability to run the floor. Sometimes it is hard to find someone at that height who is able to get up and down the court in transition, so we are excited about that. We're looking forward to getting her stronger and helping her maybe be a little more physical as a player, but she has great potential."