Claremore Daily Progress

November 16, 2012

Coale signs 3 to OU women's basketball program


NORMAN — University of Oklahoma women's basketball coach Sherri Coale announced Wednesday the signing of three high school seniors to National Letters of Intent.

Gioya Carter of Midwest City, Okla., Shaya Kellogg of Ames, Iowa, and Derica Wyatt of Nashville, Tenn., filed NLIs with the Sooners.

"We feel so good about these three athletes," Coale said. "Each brings not only an intense competitive desire to our program but an intense passion for the University of Oklahoma as well. They're a special crew."

Each earned all-state recognition in their junior seasons and are noted for their versatility, a quality that has become a staple of Coale's recruiting classes.

Carter averaged 13.1 points for Midwest City's Carl Albert High School, leading the Titans to the Oklahoma state tournament semifinals.

"Gioya might be the sleeper of the class," Coale said, "but only for those who have never seen her play. She's a strong, left-handed guard who can shoot the three and can also put the ball on the floor using her athleticism to get to the rim. Her gift, though, is delivering the basketball. She has tremendous court vision will really shine when she is surrounded by great shooters."

Carter was Oklahoma's top junior in 2011-12 and was recognized as a Class 5A All-State First Team member and All-Tournament Team selection after scoring 28 points in two state tournament games.

Kellogg averaged 12.1 points and 8.0 rebounds while taking Ames High School to Iowa's Class 4A State Tournament quarterfinals.

"Shaya is a strong, versatile player who really understands how to play basketball. She is aggressive and vocal and she's incredibly passionate about the sport. She can score in a myriad of ways but what may make her special is her instinct on the offensive glass. She's just a relentless competitor."

Kellogg is considered a four-star recruit by ESPN Hoopgurlz and is the scouting service's 26th overall forward. She earned both all-conference and all-district recognition and was named second-team all-state by the Iowa Newspaper Association.

Wyatt totaled 18.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.2 steals per game for Franklin Road Academy, leading the Panthers to the Division II state finals.

"Derica Wyatt is a kid that everybody calls a shooter, but what she really is is an unassuming scorer. She's a better passer and creator than anybody gives her credit. And though her accuracy beyond the arc is what defenders have to take away, she can beat you in a variety of ways."

Wyatt is a three-time all-state tournament selection as well as the Nashville City Paper's pick for Best Guard and Best 3-Point Shooter.