Montgomery Guard Stands Out at AU Camp

A report on one of the state's top rising high school senior girls basketball players is featured.

Montgomery, Ala.--DeAngela Sword is one of the top girls basketball prospects in the state of Alabama for the 2008 signee class so it was no surprise the five-foot-eight guard from Carver High School was a standout performer at an Auburn summer camp.

Sword, who is receiving recruiting attention from a variety of colleges, averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists per game as a junior, her third season as a varsity starter.

The guard notes that she is serious about her basketball and plays the sport year-around. She is also a standout for the Alabama Twisters Elite AAU team. "Basketball has allowed me to travel a great deal and meet a lot of people," she says. "That is one of the things I enjoy about being involved in it."

Sword, who can play shooting guard and point guard, notes that she is working on her point guard skills this summer, something she concentrated on at the three-day camp on the Auburn University campus.

Prentice Beverly, an assistant coach at Carver High School, notes that Sword is not only a smart basketball player, she excels off the court. "She has a 3.9 grade point average and is on track to be the valedictorian," he points out. Beverly says he believes that Sword will be the top high school senior prospect in the state for the 2007-2008 academic year and notes that she is receiving a lot of interest from a variety of colleges.

Auburn, UAB and Miami were three of the first major programs to offer. Sword notes that the closest one to home, Auburn, has her interest.

"I really like the coaches at Auburn," she says. "I like the players on the team, too. They really have a great chemistry and that is something really noticeable."

With many of the top prospects around the country choosing to sign in the early period each November, it won't be a surprise if Sword is one of those players. "I hope to make a decision on my college choice by the end of the summer," she says.

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