Local female basketball stars shine on signing day
CHARLOTTESVILLE Va (CBS19 SPORTS)-- Student-athletes around the area took pen to paper to sign their letter of intent. This year's crop of athletes featured an impressive group of female basketball players, all signing to division 1 basketball programs.
STAB standout Kymora Johnson was the first to sign Wednesday morning. The number 24 recruit in the nation Kymora Johnson signs with uva women's basketball. The 5-star guard is just one of a few local recruiting successes Coach Mox made in her first few months on the job, as she will join Louisa's Olivia McGhee and Greene County's Sam Brunelle across the street at JPJ.
"I feel like there's a plan at UVA with Coach Mox and all the coaches," explained Johnson, "I really wanted to be a part of that. Obviously, Sam transferred here and Olivia committed and I committed a couple of weeks after so just like the idea of staying home and playing for our city like putting the city on our back I knew that was really important for me and I knew obviously important to them because they committed her too. So I'm just really excited you know me and Olivia have always played on the opposite side so I'm really excited to finally be with her, play with her play with Sam."
UVA has the #13 recruiting class nationally with just Kymora Johnson and Olivia McGhee who also signed today for the 'Hoos all the way in Florida at IMG Academy. The Louisa County native is ranked as 42nd in ESPN's top-100 recruits for the 2023 class.
Another member of that Louisa County state championship team signed Wednesday. Senior guard Sylvie Jackson made it official by signing with Davidson. The lion's sharpshooter found an instant connection with the wildcats and their style of play, and now the multi-time all-state guard achieves a lifelong dream of playing at the division-one level.
"I've been working for this moment my whole life and to finally make it official it means a lot," said Jackson, "Just everyone who supported me, it's awesome. I'm ready for the next level, I've been working out and obviously, I still have one more season so I need to focus on that and helping my team now, but I'm obviously still getting ready for next year and trying to succeed this year."
Last but not least, in Greene County Ella Weaver continues the William Monroe women's basketball legacy as she signs to the University of Buffalo. The 6-foot guard has been a 4-year starter for the dragons earning herself all-district and all-region honors.
"When I took my official visit in August it just really felt like the right place for me," said Weaver, "The coaches and the players felt welcoming. I could just see myself there thriving in those next 4 years. I just love the team commandery around it. Like you just build such a good bond and you're really playing for one another and right by each other"