Wednesday, December 05, 2007

A happy Dee Liles (second from left) after signing Letter of Intent

Our Bad! In our blog yesterday, where we reported some (good) recruiting news, we made an embarrassing omission . . . Demauria Liles. According to, Dee, "the No. 1 JUCO forward in the nation," has re-signed a letter of intent with the Terps for next season. This from the Panama City News Herald:
“That’s where I always wanted to go,” Liles said of Maryland. “It was between Maryland and LSU. I’m just ready to go back home.” The Terrapins run a four guard and one post offense, and told Liles she can compete for a forward position next season. Liles also was considering LSU and Louisville, but felt comfortable with Maryland. [GCCC Coach Roonie] Scovel praised Maryland’s re-recruitment of Liles. “They remained loyal to her and she remained loyal to them,” she said.
This spring, Dee was the only JUCO player among the 16 finalists being considered to represent USA Basketball in the U19 World Championships. The list of 16 finalists reads like a Who's Who of young basketball talent -- Maya Moore, Jantel Lavender, Elena Delle Donne, Allyssa DeHaan, Monica Wright, Jasmine Thomas . . . and Demauria was part of that exalted company. says this about how Dee made the cut to the group of 16:
Liles, who should be at Maryland for the 2008-09 season, sat in a large pack of athletic, 6-0 to 6-1 players for a couple days, then busted out with her ability to run the floor and finish in traffic. She also has length which, combined with her explosiveness, also makes her a factor at the defensive end.
Dee is currently attending Gulf Coast Community College, but her roots are here in the DC-MD area -- she played at Riverdale Baptist H.S. for then-Head Coach Diane Richardson, now an assistant coach on Coach B's staff. Welcome Home, Dee!

Photo Credit: Gulf Coast Community College


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