Nov. 14, 2012
Rice's women's basketball team announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. Maya Hawkins and Adaeze Obinnah are to enroll in school and join the basketball team in 2013-14.
Maya Hawkins is a 5-6 point guard from Mansfield Lakeridge HS who played the first three years of her high school career for Mansfield Summit and played club basketball for Texas Dream Team. She was MVP of the Texas 4A State Championship game, pouring in 19 points against Rockwall to give the Timberwolves the state title. She is rated as the No. 25 recruit in the state of Texas by Joey Simmons' Premier Basketball Report for the class of 2013. She is a two-time First Team All-State selection by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. She has been named MVP and Defensive MVP of her district, and has twice appeared on an Academic All-District Team. She also ran Cross Country in high school, and was named All-State for the 4A Classification in 2010.
"Maya is a true point guard with outstanding leadership ability," said Rice head coach Greg Williams. "She is a winner, having helped win the Texas 4A State Championship as a junior. Maya is an excellent ballhandler and creates shots for her teammates. She has exceptional speed and quickness so she will fit in with our up-tempo style. Maya is a scoring point guard who is an aggressive defender and understands how a point guard should play."
Adaeze Obinnah is a 6-2 power forward/center from Grandview HS in Aurora, Colo. who played club basketball for Colorado Basketball Club. She is rated as a two-star prospect by ESPN HoopGurlz and is ranked as the 98th-best player at her position by the service. An All-City Selection, she averaged 10.9 points and 5.7 rebounds to lead Grandview to its first Great Eight appearance in the 2012 Colorado State Tournament. She also threw the shot put, and finished third at the Colorado State Championships in 2012.
"Adaeze is a strong, athletic post who is a good rebounder and can score inside. She is an excellent passer and has a high basketball IQ," said Williams. "Adaeze has shown much improvement in the three years we've been recruiting her, and we feel like she still has a lot of game ahead of her. Adaeze's offensive skills really developed over the summer to complement her solid defensive ability. We think Adaeze has a very bright future at Rice."
Rice is expected to sign one more student-athlete to a letter of intent during the early signing period.