Cedar Hill power forward Jada Terry, who once had pledged to Texas, has committed to Texas A&M, giving the Aggie women’s basketball program its first commitment in the Class of 2013.
“I’ve always had an interest in Texas A&M,” said the 6-foot-3 Terry, who is ranked 57th in the country and fourth in the state by ESPN HoopGurlz, on Monday. “Coach [Gary] Blair is a great coach. He’s won a national championship. He had only three scholarships, and when he offered me, I took it because it was a great opportunity for me.”
Terry had pledged to Texas after her freshman season, but a coaching change helped her rethink her options.
“I was just a freshman. I was young,” she said. “I didn’t really know. I just thought Texas was a Big D-1 school. It was cool. I needed to go ahead and commit.”
Terry pledged to A&M before the Aggies left for their European trip, which concluded over the weekend. She’s looking forward to playing in the Southeastern Conference.
“It is the best conference in the country,” she said.
Terry averaged 14.1 points per game last season, earning first-team all-district honors in 5-5A, helping Cedar Hill to a 28-7 record.
She plays in the summer for the Dallas-Fort Worth Elite alongside A&M freshmen Chelsea Jennings, Jordan Jones and Courtney Walker.
“She’s a big, strong girl,” DFW Elite head coach Daryl Horton said. “Like most kids, she’s going to have to improve all facets of her game to excel at the next level like she does at high school.”
Horton said Terry’s desire to be great is strong.
“Coach doesn’t have to worry about her work ethic,” Horton said. “She has improved a lot over the summer. She has taken her game behind the 3-point line, working on her shot and ballhandling.”
Horton said Terry, who can play the four or five, more than held her own this summer against a couple of girls who were picked for the 18 & Under USA Teams.
“While her youth shows through at times, it’s hard not to see the possibilities in front of her,” said Mark Lewis of ESPN’s HoopGurlz. “[She’s] strong, athletic and aggressive, she works and makes the most of her minutes.”
A&M has only three seniors on its 2012-13 team — forward Kristi Bellock, guard/forward Cierra Windham and guard Adrienne Pratcher.
Blair, per NCAA rules, can’t comment on recruits.