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Trakh Signs First Player as Aggie Coach

Trakh Signs First Player as Aggie Coach

POSTED: Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 3:14pm

UPDATED: Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 7:37pm

New Mexico State women's basketball head coach Mark Trakh announced that Paige Melville, a point guard from Terrigal High School in New South Wales, Australia signed a National Letter of Intent this week to play basketball at NM State beginning in the fall of 2011.

A multi-talented point guard, Melville was the floor general for the Hornsby Spiders in the Australian Basketball Association. Previous to Hornsby, Melville played for the Central Coast Crusaders in NSW. Melville led NSW's 2011 under-20 team to a silver medal this year. She also spent time at the prestigious NSW Institute of Sport in Australia.

"Paige was a leader during her time in the ABA as a gifted point guard," said Trakh. "She will provide added depth to our point guard position next season. Our staff did a tremendous job recruiting Melville using their contacts and expertise to help her commit to New Mexico State. Coach Shadian really developed a relationship with her in a short period of time and I think that was critical in her signing with us."

In 2010, Melville was selected as the under-20 NSW state team point guard in South Australia. The captain of her school basketball squad, Melville was also selected as an All-Star in her youth league and named Most Valuable Player for the senior Crusader program. Melville was a member of Sydney's north schools all-state squad and received the Blues Award, the highest honor for a state school athlete.

After an outstanding junior career with the Gosford City Rebels and her state team performances across the under-16 and under-18 divisions, Melville has also been a stand-out player in the Central Coast Crusaders youth league women's team. She most recently played in the Waratah Australian Basketball League with the Hornsby Spiders.

Melville progressed through the Central Coast Academy of Sport basketball program, won the academy's overall female athlete of the year award in 2007 and has continued her involvement as a future stars scholarship athlete. She was also a basketball scholarship athlete with the NSW Institute of Sport, the Sydney Flames WNBL development squad and has been a member of the under-16 and under-19 Australian squads.

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Small world, I'm a Yank, but I used to live in Terrigal. Good on Paige! Cheers! Brian

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