Head Coach Tricia Cullop and the University of Toledo Lady Rockets recently received their first commitment for the 2010 recruiting class. Forward/center Mariah Carson of Detroit Southeastern High School committed to Toledo over offers from Indiana, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, and IUPUI.
Mariah was also hearing from schools such as Eastern Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Memphis, Florida Atlantic, and UTEP when she gave Coach Cullop her commitment.
Carson is 6-2 and 173 pounds. She averaged 28.4 points per game while leading Southeastern to a 19-5 record. She is a terrific post player that can play any of the positions down low. "UT is recruiting me for center, but I also like playing the forward position," Mariah recently told Rocket Digest.
So with some pretty impressive schools recruiting her, including an offer from a Big Ten school, what attracted Mariah to Toledo?
"(It is a) beautiful campus, good program, and good basketball school. I was looking for a school that wasn't too far and not too close..... but for the most part somewhere I can get a good education and get my degree."
Carson commented further on Toledo's campus. "It's amazing. Everything is very close together so I'm kind of happy about that. The gym, class, and dorms aren't far apart; so good for timing.
Another reason Mariah likes Toledo is because of head coach Tricia Cullop. "She is an amazing coach. I know she will be on my head on and off the court, especially off the court. I like that."
Carson is using summer league to improve her game for this winter and then the following year at Toledo. "Now I'm working on getting in shape. I really work on my handles, because I'm playing on the perimeter for my AAU team (Team Detroit). I'm working on a little of everything, focusing on my school work because this is my senior year."
Lady Rockets Get First Commitment
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