El Paso, TX — Two high school seniors have signed national letters of intent to attend school and compete with the UTEP women’s basketball team for the 2014-15 season, head coach Keitha Adams revealed Thursday.
A brief profile, along with a quote from Adams and a prominent coach in the student-athlete’s life on each signee, is below.
Mayfield High School
Las Cruces, N.M.
The six-foot-one wing-post helped guide Mayfield High School (Las Cruces, N.M.) to a 28-3 record her junior season … put up 14 points, ripped down 10 boards and dished out three assists in the semifinals of the New Mexico state tournament … went on to score 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the state championship game … was named player of the game in a 57-50 victory over Chapin High School (El Paso, Texas) after a 23-point performance, along with six rebounds, three assists and five steals (11/3/12) … notched 11 boards and six steals in a 50-31 win over Roswell High School (11/24/12) … Mayfield HS was named part of the MaxPreps 2013-14 New Mexico Girls’ Basketball Preseason Fab 5 presented by the Army National Guard for McCants’ senior season … she is serving as a captain for the squad … averaged 19.4 points per game & 9.2 rebounds per contest during her junior season … also led the team in blocks & steals … part of the 2011 State Championship team while helping the team advance to the quarterfinals in 2012 & earn runner-up status in 2013.
Coach Adams on McCants
She is an athletic forward who can rebound it well & run the floor. She can score around the basket. I had an opportunity to watch her play a lot this summer. We are excited about signing her. She is a good athlete, good forward and has good basketball IQ.
Coach Maya on McCants (Mayfield High School Head Coach)
She is an exciting player. She is a great kid, who comes from a great family, and will help UTEP a lot. She can pretty much do everything on the court we need her to do. She can shoot the ball from the outside, and I think she will hopefully be an overall inside & outside player for UTEP. She is very athletic and is a hard worker so I think she’ll help UTEP quite a bit.
Texas A&M Consolidated
Played her first three years of high school basketball with Bellaire HS (Houston, Texas), earning All-District 20-5A honors each season … was a second-team member as a freshman (2011) while securing first-team all-league status in both 2012 & 2013 … also selected to VYPE’s All-Greater Houston Girls’ Basketball Third Team in 2013 … transferred to Texas A&M Consolidated HS (South College Station, Texas) for her senior season… made the move because her father, Clarence McKinney, is the offensive coordinator for Texas A&M’s football team … helped guide Bellaire to a 33-4 mark during the 2012-13 season … ranked as a three star player by Premiere Basketball Report … touted as a smart point guard who can score and assist and thrives in the role as a leader on the court … has been mentored by former NBA player & coach John Lucas since the sixth grade.
Coach Adams on McKinney
She is a point guard, and we are excited about signing her. She is a very competitive young lady and is a very good defender. She has that mentality about wanting to stop people. She can score, hit that mid-range jumper. She has a very good basketball IQ and understands what it takes to win. She has a great work ethic and is very competitive.
Former NBA player & coach John Lucas on McKinney
Lulu’s been with me since the sixth grade. She has a chance to be very good. She can shoot the ball well & move it well. I’m really ecstatic for Coach Adams to work with Lulu. I believe she can help her with her game. UTEP is a great school for her basketball skill set.