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KAREN ASTON LANDS F RELLAH BOOTHE OF IMG ACADEMY, NATION'S NO 3 2017 PROSPECT

Karen Aston and the Texas women's basketball program has added the nation's No. 3 2017 prospect - 6-1 F Rellah Boothe - two days after signing the nation's top point guard prospect in 2017.

Texas women's hoops coach Karen Aston on Wednesday signed the No. 1 point guard in the country in the 2017 class - Chasity Patterson. 

https://twitter.com/TexasWBB/status/796414944539512832

And on Thursday, Aston received the letter of intent of  the nation’s No. 3 player - 6-1 F Rellah Boothe of the IMG Academy, an aggressive, attacking, lefty forward who gets to the rim to score and rebound.

Boothe told HD she became interested in Texas in ninth grade because of former assistant coach Travis Mays, who is from Boothe's hometown of Ocala, Florida.

"If it wasn't for Mr. Travis Mays, I'd probably be going to Ohio State, because I wouldn't have gotten interested in Texas the way I did," Boothe said. "But once I got to know Coach Karen (Aston) and saw the way she coaches and got around the players at Texas. They never treated me like a recruit. I was always made to feel like part of the team - even by the players, and I really liked that."

Boothe said she told Mays in ninth grade that she planned to commit to Texas.

"And he kept that secret, so Texas earned my loyalty for that," Boothe said.

Mays is now the head coach at SMU, and Boothe said Mays tried to recruit her to play for the Mustangs.

"He tried," Boothe said. "But SMU doesn't have what Texas has - the talent to win a championship."

Boothe said she told Karen Aston during he junior season that she planned to sign with Texas, and that Aston kept that hush-hush, again earning Boothe's loyalty.

Boothe said she picked Texas over Ohio State and LSU.

In describing her game, she said, "I'm mentally and physically a tough person. I'm a go-to player and leader who can make anything happen. I'm a lefty who can go to the right. But I'll only go to the right when it's unexpected."

When asked what she thinks the Longhorns will be capable of in the next few years, Boothe said:

"I can guarantee you we are going to win a national championship - against UConn, Ohio State, North Carolina, whoever. We are going to do that." 

https://twitter.com/TexasWBB/status/797127255126380544

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53h9Bed7iL8

Texas was also in the final two for the nation's No. 1 player in 2017 - 6-1 wing Megan Walker - who on Thursday picked UConn.

Aston's program is on fire from a recruiting standpoint and figures to live in the Top 10 this season after reaching the Elite Eight last season before losing to eventual national champion UConn.

 

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