SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Syracuse women's basketball head coach Quentin Hillsman has announced the signing four high school seniors to National Letters of Intent to join the Orange in 2013-14.
The four-player class, consisting of 6-1 guard Tasia Butler (Waldorf, Md.), 6-4 twins Bria Day and Briana Day (Raleigh, N.C.) and 5-6 guard Alexis Peterson (Northland, Ohio), is ranked No. 10 in the country by Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and No. 12 by Blue Star Basketball Report.
"Signing another top 10 class adds to our already deep team," Hillsman said. "Losing a strong senior class after this season, we needed to add size and athleticism to our roster, and I believe we have done that with the class we have signed."
Three of the signees are ranked as four-star recruits in the ESPN Hoopgurlz 100 with grades above 90 (Butler, Briana Day, Alexis Peterson), while Bria Day is ranked as a three-star recruit and graded at 85.
The talented class will join the current Orange freshmen class of five that was ranked No. 6 in the country by ESPN Hoopgurlz a year ago to form a nine-player nucleus representing the future of the Orange program.
A 6-1 wing player from North Point High School in Waldorf, Md., Butler, the sister of current Syracuse guard Tiara Butler, is ranked as the 73rd overall player in the 2013 class and 12th by position by ESPN Hoopgurlz. It also grades the four-star recruit as a 93 overall.
A lock-down defender with athleticism and great finishing skills around the rim, Butler averaged 17.3 points per game for North Point while leading it to a 23-1 record and a second straight Maryland 4A East title.
Tasia is a super athlete that has the ability to play three positions for us," Hillsman said. "Her versatility will allow us to continue to play an aggressive up-tempo style."
The ESPN evaluation of Butler says, "Terrific athlete with a lot of upside. She can be one of the elite perimeter defenders in the class and at 6-1 she can mix it up defensively in the post if you need her too."
A 6-4 post player at Millbrook High School in Raleigh, N.C., Day is ranked as the 36thoverall forward in the 2013 class by ESPN Hoopgurlz, earning her a three-star ranking and grade of 85.
Extremely athletic, long and fluid, Day was a top track athlete in North Carolina in the 400 meters before switching to basketball full time.
"Bria is a long, athletic player that has the ability to change the game with her size and length," Hillsman said. A very good defender, she also has quick post moves that can attack the basket."
The ESPN evaluation of Day says, "Long, lean and fluid, this athletic forward is still about potential. Reality is on its way and it's easy to see but her production at this point comes in flashes and moments. She can finish the looks that come her way and is productive on the offensive boards."
A 6-4 post player at Millbrook High School in Raleigh, N.C., Bria's twin sister, Briana, is a four-star recruit ranked No. 57 overall in the 2012 class and No. 15 among forwards, while grading out at a 94 by ESPN Hoopgurlz.
An athletic and post player that can face-up and put the ball on the floor, Day averaged 10.4 points per game as a junior.
"Briana is a very skilled inside-outside threat," Hillsman said. "She has the ability to play guard through center for us, which adds to our versatility and depth at four positions."
The ESPN evaluation of Day says, "Long, lean and athletic. She moves well both in the halfcourt and running the floor. Has the ability to put it on the floor from the high post or one dribble drives off the baseline."
A 5-6 guard at Northland High School in Columbus, Ohio, Peterson is a four-star recruit ranked 92nd overall in the 2012 class and 26th at guard while grading at 92 by ESPN Hoopgurlz.
An all-around guard that can beat the opposition off the dribble and distribute the basketball, Peterson averaged 18 points per game at Northland as a junior last season while leading the Vikings to a Columbus city title after leading the team to a Division I district title as a sophomore when she averaged 14 points per game.
"Alexis is a tenacious lead guard that pressures the ball and runs the ball club as a vocal and energetic leader," Hillsman said. "She plays very hard and her basketball I.Q. sets her apart from other freshmen in her class."
ESPN's evaluation of Peterson says, "Good athlete who uses her upper body well in traffic to protect the ball and finish. She loves to dip under the defender's arms and lean in to gain an advantage. She showed the ability to finish off balance as well, which is important for a scoring point guard standing 5 feet 6."
The undefeated Orange (6-0) concludes a seven-game road swing with games at Dartmouth on Thursday evening and at Temple on Sunday afternoon before returning home to start a five-game homestand on Dec. 4 against Wagner at the Carrier Dome.
**Courtesy SU Athletics**