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    Wolfpack Women's Basketball Adds Four in Early Signing Period
    Head coach Wes Moore and his staff will welcome four new student-athletes to the program for the 2013-14 season
    Head coach Wes Moore and his staff will welcome four new student-athletes to the program for the 2013-14 season

    Nov. 13, 2013

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    RALEIGH, N.C. – New NC State women’s basketball head coach Wes Moore has added four recruits to his ranks in the early signing period, the program announced on Wednesday. These four student-athletes will join the Wolfpack for the 2014-15 season.

    Moore’s first recruiting class at NC State currently consists of Chloe Jackson, Akela Maize, Chelsea Nelson, and Carlee Schuhmacher.

    “So far in this class in the early signing period, I feel as though we have addressed a lot of our needs,” said head coach Wes Moore. “All of these student-athletes come from very successful programs and they know how to win. They’ve been taught what it takes to be successful. They’ve been coached well and we feel as though they will continue to get better and progress with us.”

    “The 2014 signing class for NC State is a noteworthy one as it is a collection of talent that ranks among the top of the ACC,” said national recruiting analyst Keil Moore. “It also fits perfectly with the style of play that the Wolfpack plans to bring to the floor. With his first recruiting class at the helm of NC State, Wes Moore and his staff were able to add talent to both the frontcourt and backcourt positions in their program.”

    Chloe Jackson | 5-9 | SG | Upper Marlboro, Md. | Riverdale Baptist
    Chloe Jackson comes to NC State from Upper Marlboro, Md., and is currently entering her senior season at Riverdale Baptist. The 5-9 shooting guard earned a score of 90 on ESPN’s recruiting rankings and has a knack for scoring, as she averaged 15.4 points per game during her junior season. This past season, her Riverdale Baptist team went 29-6 and reached the semifinals of the ESPN National High School Invitational under head coach Sam Caldwell.

    “Chloe Jackson is a highly-rated guard,” added coach Moore. “She has good size and is a very, very good athlete. She’s someone who can get to the rim and can also knock down threes. She is a versatile scorer and someone who we feel can come in and make an immediate impact.”

    The year prior, her sophomore team (2011-12) posted an astounding 38-2 record and won the ESPN Rise title.

    Jackson is ranked as the 18th best guard in the class of 2014 by ESPN.

    National recruiting analyst Keil Moore’s take: “Chloe Jackson is one of the better perimeter shooters in the country and an excellent fit for Wes Moore’s offensive system. Jackson can shoot both off the catch as well as the dribble and has improved as a playmaker for others throughout her high school career. Her ability as a shot maker will help space the floor for the Wolfpack and make the game easier for her teammates.”

    Akela Maize | 6-5 | C | Greensboro, N.C. | Dudley/New Hope Christian Academy
    Rated by ESPN as the 16th best post player in the class of 2014, the 6-5 Akela Maize is sure to provide a boost to the Wolfpack frontcourt next season. Described by scouts to have “off the charts potential,” Maize played the first three years of her high school career at Dudley High School in Greensboro and will play out her final season at New Hope Christian Academy in Thomasville, N.C.

    “We love Akela’s length and her ability to run the floor,” coach Moore said. “Sometimes it is hard to find someone at that height who is able to get up and down the court in transition, so we’re excited about that.

    “Recruiting the state of North Carolina is a priority for us, so this is a good start in that regard. 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.”

    During her sophomore (2011-12) season at Dudley, Maize was a force to be reckoned with when it came to rebounding. Through the first 22 games of the season, she collected 10 or more rebounds on 10 occasions, including a high of 15 in a two-point win over West Forsyth on Dec. 15.

    National recruiting analyst Keil Moore’s take: “True post player Akela Maize gives Wes Moore and his staff athleticism and talent to develop around the basket. Maize is a four-star prospect who should develop into a solid ACC contributor during her career in Raleigh. She has the ability to make an impact as a rebounder and shot changer early in her career, and as she develops her ability to score around the basket, look for her to develop into the kind of post who can flirt with double-double type numbers.”

    Chelsea Nelson | 6-1 | F | Antioch, Tenn. | John Overton HS
    A versatile 6-1 forward from Antioch, Tenn., Chelsea Nelson plays for John Overton High School and competes with the Tennessee Flight in AAU play. In addition to her time on the court, Nelson is also an accomplished cross country runner for her high school.

    “Chelsea Nelson is very athletic,” said coach Moore. “She can probably guard a three or a four player. She has good skills and can step out and shoot it. Since we’re graduating a number of forwards in this class, I feel like she’s someone who can come in and compete for playing time at the four position.

    “With the way we want to play defense, I think that she really fits in with our philosophy because of her speed.”

    National recruiting analyst Keil Moore’s take: “Forward Chelsea Nelson brings versatility to the Wolfpack lineup as she has the athleticism and physical tools to develop into an exciting two-way player in the ACC. Nelson is a long and lean prospect with a quick first step. She should be able to make an impact early on defensively with her length and quickness. Look for Nelson to play a variety of roles for the Wolfpack throughout her career.”

    Carlee Schuhmacher | 6-1 | F/C | Watertown, Wis. | Des Moines Area Community College
    A dominant force on the NJCAA circuit, Carlee Schuhmacher will join the Wolfpack as a junior for the 2014-15 season. The native of Watertown, Wis., recorded 20 double-doubles in 32 games last season while averaging an impressive 16.2 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 4.6 blocks per contest for the 24-8 DMACC Bears. She led the Iowa Community College Athletic Association in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots. For her efforts, Schuhmacher was named a first-team National Junior College Athletic Association Division II All-American.

    “Carlee is a player who loves the physical nature of the game inside,” said coach Moore. “She can score, has good touch around the basket, and has good post moves. Coming in from a junior college, she’ll have a couple of years at the college level, so we’re hoping that will help speed her transition period at State.

    “We’re expecting her to come in as well and make an impact at the five position with the graduation of Markeisha Gatling and Lakeesa Daniel. We think she’ll be a good fit with our four-out-one-in offense.”

    Carlee holds two DMACC records: most points in one season (522) and total rebounding average for one season (11.4 per game).

    National recruiting analyst Keil Moore’s take: “Schuhmacher can stretch the floor as a perimeter shooting forward but will also be able to guard more physical forwards and rebound the basketball for the Wolfpack. Schuhmacher’s ability to fit coach Moore’s scheme both offensively and defensively makes her a quality addition to the NC State program.”

    NC State has started the 2013-14 season 2-0 under new head coach Wes Moore, earning victories over St. Bonaventure and Towson. The Wolfpack is next in action on Saturday, Nov. 16 at home against Presbyterian, with tip-off scheduled for noon.




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