Nov. 27, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State head women’s basketball coach Kellie Harper announced her 2012 recruiting class on Tuesday.
Harper received signed National Letters of Intent from guard Miah Spencer (Decatur, Ga./Columbia HS) and forward Jennifer Mathurin (Montreal, Quebec, Canada/Champlain College St.-Lambert HS).
“Our program is excited to welcome two new members to the Wolfpack family,” said Harper.
“Miah Spencer is a combo guard who can score and distribute the ball. She is savvy on both ends of the court and she is a terrific teammate. Miah is a winner and a competitor who has proven herself in big games.
“Jennifer Mathurin is a small forward who has the strength and ability to score around the basket as well as range to the three-point line. Her versatility is a big part of her game. Jenn is a mature young woman who should adapt quickly to our physical style of play.”
Spencer, a 5-8 combo guard, was a second team all-state 3A selection as a junior after leading her Columbia High School team to a state championship in 2012.
She scored 15 points in the 57-33 title game victory over Washington County to cap a 24-5 season.
Spencer made the junior all-star team in the North-South Georgia All-Star game.
“She is a consistant, smart player,” said Renardo Hudson, Spencer’s coach with Wallace Prather Celtics AAU. “She plays an up-tempo game and is a team player.
“The NC State fans are going to love this kid.”
Mathurin, a 6-1 forward, is one of the top players in Canada in recent years. She has twice led her Quebec Provincial team to Bronze medal finishes at the Canadian National Championships.
In 2010 she was named the bronze medal game MVP after an 18-point, 12-rebound performance.
Mathurin also guided her AAU team (DJSports Club) to the Provincial Championship title in 2009 when she was named a first-team peformer.
“She has been the top power forward in Quebec the last three years,” said Yaw Afful, the director of Two in the Key, a premier Canadian scouting service based in Toronto.
“She has the ability to shoot the three and rebound,” said Afful. “Her strength will allow her to compete in the ACC.”
Mathurin averaged 12.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last year for Champlain College in St.-Lambert. She helped lead the youngest team in the league the team to its first appearance in the Provincial Championships.
In 2010-11, Mathurin was the lone freshman named a second-team All-Star after averaging 13.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.