Currently on State's women's basketball roster are six-five Markeisha Gatling, a Wade Trophy Watch List member and a 2014 Naismith Trophy Women’s Midseason Top 30 List member, six-two Academic All-American Kody Burke and six-four solid sub Lakessa Daniel. Unfortunately, each is a senior leaving six-one freshman Jennifer Mathurin as the tallest player on the current roster not a senior.
In helping this situation, State's 2014 recruiting class includes six-five (listed by her high school as such) Akela Maize. Maize is given three stars, a grade of 90 and a height of six-four by ESPN Women's basketball, a four star rating and number 121 in her class by Prospects Nation and number 175 in her class by Blue Star. ESPN Women's basketball states that Maize is a "long and agile insider with off-the-charts potential". In view of Maize's ranking, grade and evaluation by ESPN, it would be a fair assessment if one stated that the transition to solid play in the ACC will take time.
State needs more help inside. Fortunately, the 2014 recruiting class also includes 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association Division II first team All-American six-two Carlee Schuhmacher. As of January 22, 2014, Carlee was averaging 24.3 points per game and 12.9 rebounds per game for Des Moines Area Commuinity College. In addition, by January 20, 2014, Carlee had posted 14 double doubles.
In viewing the following video of Carlee (25), one can see that she can score with both her left and right hand, has a good post game, and can shoot the mid-range jumper.
While, Carlee clearly dominates the players in NJCAA Division II, the jump to ACC basketball can be difficult in that she will be playing against players of her size and skill. However, since she does have talent, and because State needs size next year, her addition will be more than welcome.