Eagles snag Westside basketball standout

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Aishya Wofford was excited to sign a letter of intent to accept a basketball scholarship to Georgia Southern on Monday.

The Westside senior was just as eager for a significant ROTC inspection Wednesday. As the highest-ranking student of the more than 100 involved in the school's program, the outcome of the inspection has just as profound an impact as deciding where she will go to school for the next four seasons.

"What happens then reflects back on me," Wofford said.

Her well-rounded slate of activities, in addition to her basketball skills, attracted Georgia Southern to Wofford, said Westside coach Ivory Hugee.

Wofford is a fierce rebounder -- she led the area in rebounding as a junior by averaging nearly 20 a game -- and plays with passion regardless of the score, Hugee said.

Two summers ago, Wofford, a 5-foot-11 forward, played in a camp at Georgia Southern with what Hugee called a young team.

Though the scores were lopsided, Wofford's effort never wavered.

"She wasn't surrounded by the best talent, but she just played and played," Hugee said. "She didn't quit or get discouraged. When they saw that, it was like they were sold."

Hugee said a similar result played out last season when Georgia Southern coaches were in attendance for his team's game against Butler, one of the top teams in the region. Wofford was so sick that Hugee didn't start her, but she came off the bench between coughs and dominated inside play.

"She played her butt off," Hugee said. "Butler had a pretty good team, and she was like a wrecking crew."

Wofford was one of two girls the Eagles signed this week, according to the school.

She will join fellow forward Danielle Spencer, who is from Westlake High School in Atlanta, in Statesboro.

"My dream is to make it to the WNBA, so I'm really happy to go play (at Georgia Southern)," Wofford said.

GEORGIA TECH SIGNING: Augusta native Jason Morris made official his pledge to play basketball at Georgia Tech on Monday by signing his letter of intent.

Morris, who attends the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., is an explosive 6-foot-5 guard and the No. 78 high school player in the country, according to scout.com.

"If I can compare him to some of the guys we've had in the past, he's on the level of someone like Isma'il Muhammad in terms of running and jumping," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said in a statement.

Morris appeared at the Peach Jam the past two seasons in North Augusta with his New York Gauchos AAU team.

Reach Matt Middleton at (706) 823-3425 or matt.middleton@augustachronicle.com.


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