"We're very excited to have signed the three players at the top of our list," Hatchell said. "They're all outstanding young ladies and so well-rounded - great students, great basketball players, great people. All three are tremendous leaders on their high school teams and are among the top echelon of players in the country."
Latta, a 5-6 point guard from McConnells, S.C., earned South Carolina Miss Basketball honors last season as a junior at York (S.C.) Comprehensive High. In 2001-02, she scored 40 or more points nine times and 30 or more 23 times - both state records - and led York to a state championship, averaging 36.3 points per game. She holds state marks for career three-pointers and free throws and is closing in on the state?s all-time scoring mark.
"Ivory is going to be one of the most exciting players we've had here," Hatchell said. "She's extremely quick and hard to guard and an outstanding three-point shooter."
Latta also has earned all-region honors in cross country and softball. She is a member of the National Honor Society and recently was named her school's homecoming queen. "I chose Carolina because the team has great chemistry and they also have a wonderful coaching staff," Latta said. Little, a 6-1 forward/guard from Winston-Salem, N.C., led Carver High to a state championship as a freshman and has earned all-state honors the last two years. "Camille is smooth as silk," Hatchell said. "She has the whole package - she's a tremendous athlete, she can shoot outside, she can drive and she can rebound. She can do it all."
Little is a three-time conference player of the year and a two-time MVP of the Mary Garber Holiday Tournament, as well as a member of the National Honor Society. Her father, Robert Little, played at North Carolina Central and for the Harlem Globetrotters. "I chose Carolina because it has a completely different atmosphere than any other college and there's nothing like Carolina," Little said.
McArver, a 5-9 guard from Gastonia, N.C., was conference player of the year as a freshman and a junior and a finalist for 2002 North Carolina Miss Basketball honors at Forestview High School.
Mary Hall is without a doubt one of the best shooters we've had here,
She's an exceptional three-point shooter and a skilled player with amazing knowledge of the game.?
McArver has been named Forestview?s team MVP and best offensive player the last three years and is a Street & Smith's All-America honorable mention. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a nominee for UNC's prestigious Morehead Scholarship. "I have been a Carolina fan all my life and always loved the school,
she said. "It's great academically, I love the coaches and my future teammates, and it has a great atmosphere that I can't wait to be a part of."
The three incoming Tar Heels already have experience playing together as members of Team North Carolina, which won the AAU Junior Olympic Games in 2001 and ?02. Latta and Little were among 48 players selected to participate in the 2002 USA Basketball Women's Youth Development Festival in June, when Latta tied for the top scoring average with 13.4 points per game.
The 2002-03 Tar Heels, with three seniors on the roster, open the season on Nov. 22 against Davidson. Tipoff is 7 p.m.