Wednesday, August 6, 2008

West Meck's Forney commits to Niners

Jaquaria Forney, who averaged more than 21 points a game last season at West Mecklenburg High, has committed to play for the Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball program.

The 5-foot-9 guard confirmed Wednesday night she recently narrowed her college choices to two and picked the 49ers over Kansas.

“Coach (Karen) Aston has been committed to me since the first time she met me. She wanted to make sure I took the right classes, took the SAT when I needed to, all those things,” said Forney, who will play at Butler High next season.
“When it came down to it I wanted to return the same commitment to coach Aston and the Charlotte program as she has shown me.”

Forney was named third-team All-Mecklenburg last season and was also considering offers from Alabama, Kentucky and Clemson. She attended Aston’s Elite summer camp and also plays for the Peach State Elite Black AAU team, named by ESPN’s Hoopgurlz as one of the top girl’s basketball travel teams in the country.

“There are a lot of top colleges saying Charlotte got a steal right now,” said Clyde Pritchett, Forney’s coach with the Peach State Elite Black team. “She has had a tremendous summer playing basketball and taken her game to a very high level.
“Charlotte and coach Aston did a terrific job in recruiting Jaquaria and I think she will fit it very nicely with their program.”