Signing Day 2013: Paris Kea
Nov. 13, 2013
Nashville - Vanderbilt women's basketball coach Melanie Balcomb announced on Wednesday morning the signing of Paris Kea to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Commodores.
Kea's signing kicks off what is expected to be another stellar recruiting class for Coach Balcomb and her staff.
Kea, an explosive 5-foot-8 point guard from Page High in Greensboro, N.C., was one of the most sought-after recruits in the nation.
She was named the North Carolina Player of the Year last season by the Greensboro News & Record and GreensboroSports.com after helping her team to a 28-2 record and the North Carolina 4A State Championship game.
She scored 31 points in the title game and was named Most Outstanding Player. Kea is one of the most celebrated players in the history of Page High, where she plays for head coach Debbie Jones.
This past July, she also created a big stir on the summer circuit where she saw her stock soar nationally while playing travel ball for the Lady Phoenix, coached by Delaney Rudd and Eddie Odom.
Balcomb didn't hold back when describing the energy level of Kea, who was a First Team All-State selection as a sophomore and junior.
"Paris is one of the most exciting playmakers in the country," said Balcomb of Paris, who averaged more than seven assists per game last season. "She is an elite point guard that can take over a game with her ability to score and create off the dribble for herself and her teammates."
Kea hopes to continue her tradition of success once she arrives at Vanderbilt.
"I can hardly wait to join my Vanderbilt family and begin our quest for a Final Four and a national championship," she said. "Go 'Dores!"
Here is a quick look at Kea's resumé:
HONORS: First Team AP All-State (sophomore and junior year), Greensboro Sports Player of the Year, News & Record Player of the Year, NCBCA District 7 Player of the Year, 4A All-Metro All-Conference Team, TIMCO All-Tournament MVP, Page High team MVP, State title game Most Outstanding Player, MVP West Region, MOP West Region
JUNIOR YEAR STATS (per game): 14.2 points, 7.4 assists, 4.3 rebounds
BALCOMB SAYS: "(Paris') court vision is phenomenal, and she is able to make everyone around her play at a higher level. Paris plays the game with such passion and emotion. There is no doubt that our fans will love watching the excitement she will bring to Memorial Gym over the next four years."
STRAIGHT FROM PARIS: (Why she chose Vanderbilt) "The main factor was the academic reputation of the university. Vanderbilt is known for producing world-class leaders. The second factor that convinced me that Vanderbilt black-and-gold was for me is their women's basketball program. I feel that Vanderbilt has one of the best women's programs in the country led by a great coaching and support staff. Coach Balcomb and her staff did an excellent job making it feel just like home."
Photo Credit: Eddie Wooten, News & Record
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