Junior Rashanda McCants decided to make her college basketball a family affair. According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, McCants has announced she will join her older brother sophomore Rashad McCants at North Carolina.
The 6-2 forward averaged 17.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists last season as the Cougars went 29-2 to win the 3A NCHSAA state championships. She was awarded the most outstanding player honor for Asheville in the game with 14 points, ten rebounds and four blocks.
An Associated Press All-State second-team selection last year, she was the 3A Miss NCHSAA Basketball fourth runner-up, losing to present UNC freshman Camille Little.
McCants, who favors her brother on and off the court, is a slashing scorer who uses her lean frame and long arms to be disruptive defensively. She has a keen eye for knowing what shots to take and this summer shoot over 50% from the field at a highly competitive Adidas camp against older players.
Asheville, who didn't lose to any NCHSAA teams last season, returns a strong squad for this 2003-04 campaign - including 6-5 and 235 pound center Danielle Burgin.
InsideCarolina readers first got a look at the younger McCants when she appears on IC in some photos from Rashad and his family on the McDonald's All-American Game trip to NYC.
David Thompson, who shot the photos for IC, even mentioned her skill, "Note that Rashad's sister, Rashanda, is a star freshman at Erwin (NC) -- perhaps a candidate for the 2005 Girls McDonald's Game." Not bad foreshadowing...
That year as a freshman on the varsity at Erwin, McCants played center and averaged 21 points, nine rebounds and three steals a game.
Recruiting rumors had McCants as a Tennessee lean, with the idea she wanted to step out of her brother's shadow. As late as this summer, McCants was giving a 'no comment' to people who asked if she would follow in her brother's footsteps to UNC.
McCants refuted those rumors, telling the Asheville Citizen-Times, "Carolina is where I've always wanted to go. I could have waited, but I would have been just wasting a lot of people's time. UNC is a solid program with a lot of winning tradition. The academics are great and my heart is already there."
Photos 1, 2 and 4 by Thomas Babb for iHigh.com