Also, West Virginia women's basketball coach Mike Carey announced the signing of five student-athletes to national letters-of-intent to play for the Mountaineers in 2008-09. Giving Carey signatures are Madina Ali (Williamsport, Pa./Daytona Beach CC), Jessica Capers (Gastonia, N.C./Forest View High), Donica Cosby (Coldwater, Miss./NW Mississippi CC), Dominique Dixon (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Renaissance High) and Amanda Keehan (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills High).
Ali, a 6-0 power forward, was a second team WBCA/Kodak All-American as a freshman last year at Daytona Beach Community College. Last year she averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds per game which was ninth and 11th nationally in the country, respectively. Last year, Ali was also the mid-Florida Conference Player of the Year and garnered FCCAA all-state and NJCAA all-region VIII first team accolades. Ali is ranked the nation's 21st and 22nd best junior college prospect by National Collegiate Report (NCR) and All Star Girl's Report (ASGR), respectively. She is also ranked the nation's third-best junior college power forward by ASGR and fifth-best by NCR.
"Madina is a very gifted athlete," Carey says. "She's very active and very aggressive on both ends of the floor."
Capers, a 6-1 power forward, is rated the 74th-best high school prospect by ASGR and No. 138 by Blue Star. As a junior at Forest View High last year, Capers averaged 15 points and nine rebounds per game. She boasts over 1,300 career points and over 800 rebounds in her Career. Capers has been an invitee to both the Adidas Top Ten Camp and the Junior Phenom Camp.
"The first thing that I liked about West Virginia was the school and its great academic programs," the future dentistry major says. "I also really liked coach Carey, his style of play and the entire sports atmosphere at WVU. Morgantown is a great town to be in. I hope to make the team better and hope to win a national championship during my career at WVU."
"Jessica is a quality athlete that will boost our inside post play," Carey says. "She is very versatile in that she can play several positions and her strengths are her athleticism and explosiveness around the basket."
Cosby, a 5-7 guard, started six games and appeared in 30 contests last season at Arkansas as a true freshman. As a Razorback she averaged 11.6 points and 23.5 minutes per game. She also connected on 52 3-pointers, grabbed 79 rebounds, tallied 58 assists and recorded 39 steals. She also averaged 11.2 point per game in SEC-only play. As a result she was a member of the all-SEC Rookie Team. Cosby transferred to Northwest Mississippi Community College following her freshman season and will play her sophomore season there this year. Cosby played in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game as a senior at Independence High. As a junior, Cosby attended Lake Highlands High after transferring from Independence High after her sophomore season in Texas where she was an all-state selection. As a sophomore at Independence, she was an all-state honorable mention selection.
"Donica is an explosive scorer and she plays very big for her size," Carey adds. "She's very versatile and capable of playing the one- and two-guard positions for us."
Dixon, a 5-8 combo guard, is ranked the 86th-best prep player in the country by Blue Star and No. 156 by ASGR. Dixon averaged 12.0 points per game as a junior last year at Detroit Renaissance High. During her high school career, she has garnered all-state and all-city accolades and was an Adidas Top Ten Camp Invitee. Dixon plays for the Michigan Crossover AAU team, the same team that current Mountaineer Ashley Powell played for while in high school.
"I felt very comfortable with the coaching staff I felt that I had great chemistry with coach Carey," Dixon says. "That was one of the biggest reasons I chose WVU. And their fan support is great and very appealing. I'm hoping to make an immediate impact when I get to WVU next year."
"Dominique is an athletic two guard that fits very nicely into our transition game," Carey says. "She's very physical on the perimeter on both sides of the ball."
Keehan, a 6-1 forward, averaged 10 points, six rebounds and three assists per game last season as a junior at Cincinnati Oak Hills High. She has been a first team all-city, all-Southwest, all-GMC and all-district during her career. Keehan, a member of the 2006 Cincinnati's Finest AAU National Championship team, is ranked the 242nd-best prep player by Blue Star.
"West Virginia has a really great staff," Keehan says. "Morgantown is a great college town. Ultimately in making my decision I expect to win and go to the NCAA tournament and I wanted to go to a winning program. I'm coming to WVU for a degree but basketball is just as important. I'm very excited."
"Amanda is a blue collar worker," says Carey. "She's very versatile and aggressive on both sides of the ball. Overall, this class is tremendously athletic. We really addressed our needs in the post and on the perimeter. These young ladies will do an excellent job of representing our program both on-and-off the court. In the late signing period we'll be looking to bring in two quality centers."