JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (November 11, 2015) – ETSU women’s basketball head coach Brittney Ezell announced on Wednesday the signings of Kayla and Kelci Marosites (Elizabethton, Tenn.), Anajae Stephney (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Jada Craig (Winston-Salem, N.C.) to National Letters of Intent to join the Bucs for the 2016-17 season.
“We are excited about the potential of this group as young women, students and athletes,” said Ezell. “We genuinely believe that each signee has the ability to impact our program immediately in a multitude of ways. Our Buccaneer family grew much larger and stronger with the addition of these four young women.”
Kayla Marosites – 5’10” Guard – Elizabethton, Tenn. – Elizabethton High School
The Elizabethton, Tenn., native has garnered All-District, Conference and Region honors the last three seasons and was named TSSAA Class AA Miss Basketball in 2014. Marosites helped Elizabethton capture the 2014 TSSAA Class AA State Championship, being named State Tournament Most Valuable Player. She has garnered District and Region Player of the Year honors in 2014 while surpassing the 1,000-point plateau. Throughout her sophomore and junior season, she helped the Lady Cyclones capture a 52-game win streak. The three-time TWSA All-State performer for her career averages 20 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 steals per game.
“Kayla is a winner in all that she does. She possess a true scorer’s mentality and unapologetically competes at a championship level night and night out. Her size and versatility from the wing positions make her a difficult match-up and her desire for constant improvement makes everyone around her better as well. She is steady and confident in her abilities and yet continue to grow daily as a player due to the incredible work ethic she has.”
Kelci Marosites – 5’10” Guard – Elizabethton, Tenn. – Elizabethton High School
The twin sister of Kayla, Kelci Marosites has been named All-District, Conference and Region each of the last three seasons. The fourth ranked guard in the state of Tennessee by MaxPreps helped the Lady Cyclones to the TSSAA Class AA State Championship in 2014 and was an integral part of Elizabethton’s 52-game winning streak during her sophomore and junior season. Marosites reached the 1,000-point club for her career during her junior season while garnering All-Upper East Tennessee honors. The Elizabethton, Tenn., native for her career averages 15 points, three assists and three steals per game while shooting 43 percent from beyond the three-point line.
“Kelci Marosites is the ultimate competitor and still remains a humble, unassuming star. She can play all three guard positions while causing match-up issues due to her mix of perimeter range and attacking the rim athleticism. Her demeanor and poise are remarkably mature and her consistency is what makes her so valuable on the floor. She will find ways to win regardless of the circumstances as she passes a constant eagerness to learn and improve as a player.”
Anajae Stephney – 6’2” Power Forward – Knoxville, Tenn. – Bearden High School
In 2015, the 6’2” power forward was named to the 2015 Class AAA All-State team along earning 2AAA All-Region and 4AAA All-District honors as well. During last season’s state tournament, Stephney averaged 19 points and 9.5 rebounds in two games for Bearden HS. For her career, she averages 12 points, nine rebounds per game, shooting 48 percent from the field.
“Anajae is one of the biggest steals in the 2016 signing class. Her athleticism immediately separates her and moves her game to a different level. Her intense, competitive nature is evident in the way she attacks the glass for a rebound with authority. The best basketball is still ahead of Anajae as we believe that she is just now beginning to scratch the surface of her potential”
Jada Craig – 5’4” Point Guard – Winston-Salem, N.C. – Winston Salem Preparatory Academy
Last season the 35th ranked player in the state of North Carolina by MaxPreps helped Winston Salem Prep Academy capture their first State Championship as Craig poured in eight points to go along with eight assists and two steals. Craig was named 2015 1A All-State and 2015 1A Northwest All-Conference. During her sophomore season she was named to the 2014 North Carolina Regional Tournament Team. For her career the Winston-Salem, N.C., native averages 10 points, 3.6 assists and 3.2 steals per game.
“Jada is an explosive guard and a tenacious on the ball defender. She is a leader from the point position on the floor that flourishes in transition. She is a winner and a student of the game which is ideal for her position. Jada comes to ETSU from a state championship program in North Carolina and brings with her a basketball-centered mentality and a high quality work ethic”