Langston Signs with Lady Techsters

Louisiana Tech added four signees on Wednesday. Parkers Chapel's Savanna Langston joins Kanedria Andrews from Eldorado, AR, Courtney Hayes from Las Vegas, NV, and Laura Owen from Benton, LA.

Not many players from Parkers Chapel, a 2A school in southern Arkansas, sign to play Division One basketball. In fact, there may not be any from the boys or girls programs in the history of the school.

Savanna Langston said she was suprised at the attention she received. "Honestly, I had no clue," she admitted. "I got the first letter the summer before my junior year. I was surprised."

After the junior year she had, Langston left no doubt that she would be a Division One basketball player. The 6'2" forward led Parkers Chapel to the Class 3A Semifinals last season. (The team moves down in class this season.)

Langston averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks per game. She led the Lady Trojans to a 26-4 record, giving the team 50 wins in the last two years.

Playing in a smaller classification doesn't always help a forward's development, so Langston plays AAU basketball in the summer. She also works out with Athletic Republic an hour away in Louisiana to work on her strength and conditioning.

"It's weird," said Langston, as she was on her way to Athletic Replic this week. "Sometimes I feel bad agaisnt some of the teams that we play because we have such a size advantage. It's good to play AAU in the summer to put me in my place a little bit. Most of the teams have players that are just as tall or taller than I am."

College coaches started attending some of Parkers Chapel's games to scout Langston last season. "Louisiana Tech came to a few of my games last season," she explained. "UALR started coming at the end of the year. I visited their campus over the summer and committed right before school started."

Langston said she quickly realized she wanted to slow things down a little. "I was a little overwhelmed," she added. "I felt like I might have made my decision a little too soon. I hadn't visited anyone else. I wanted to make more visits. I didn't realize how much I would like it."

Kanedria Andrews and Whitney Frazier, both from nearby El Dorado, were already committed to Louisiana Tech. "That helped a little," said Langston. "We've all played together for a long time. We've played on the same AAU team for a few years."

Savanna said Louisiana Tech Head Coach Teresa Weatherspoon was a big factor for her deciding on Louisiana Tech. "I like her energy and enthusiasm," Langston added. "It rubs off on you."

Louisiana Tech expects to sign five total players for the early signing period. Stay with for all the latest.

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