JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) — Arkansas State head women's basketball coach Brian Boyer has announced that Christyal Holloway, Aalliyah Warren and Ogo Obinabo have signed national letters of intent to join the Red Wolves for the 2014-15 season.
Holloway, a 5'8 guard from Little Rock Parkview High School in Arkansas, received a three-star and is ranked as the No. 55 talent at the guard position in the class of 2014 by ESPN. She is a two-time all-conference selection and has reached the state finals in each of the last two season. She led the Lady Patriots to the state title in 2012 where led the team in scoring with 12 points in the championship game. Holloway was also ranked among the top 100 recruits by the Carolina Scouting Report and played for the Arkansas Mavericks AAU 16U team. She was a member of the Lady Patriots track team and competed in the Arkansas Meet of Champions in 2013.
"Christyal is a very athletic guard that can come in and play the point or two guard position," Boyer said. "When watching her the first thing that stands out is that she is very quick and fast with the ball but you rarely see her get out of control. The other quality that I admire about Christyal is that she makes everyone around her better, she is extremely unselfish."
Warren is a 6'3-post player from Irving, Texas has racked up numerous honors in her career at Irving MacArthur High School. As a junior she was a Texas district 6-5A second-team all-district selection as well as a district 6-5A academic first-team all district selection. She was also a member of the Texas Fire AAU team, which captured the Texas Best of the Best Tournament title this past summer. She was recognized as the tournament's top rebounders and was given the "Outstanding Post" award.
"It's fairly obvious with us graduating three front line players this year that that position had to be a priority for us," Boyer said. "We feel like Ogo and Aaliyah both can help us immediately on our front line. Aaliyah has great size and athletic ability; she physically fits in as a Sun Belt Conference post player right now. She will be able to defend at this level immediately. Offensively she's capable of scoring around the basket and has the ability to step out and shoot facing up."
Obinabo helped lead Plano High School to its first district championship in 10 years this past year and also helped the squad reach the quarterfinals for the first time in over a decade. The squad finished 26-8 and the 6'1 Obinado was leading force behind that. Entering her senior season, she has been named a player to watch by The Dallas Morning News and played AAU basketball for DFW Elite located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas.
"With Ogo it all starts with rebounding," Boyer added. "I can't remember the last time I saw a high school post player rebound as aggressively as Ogo. Where most post players rebound in their area Ogo goes and gets rebounds that she's not supposed to get, especially on the offensive end. Both of these players are the type of post players that the very first time I saw them play I immediately wanted them to be a part of our program."
The early signing period runs from Nov. 13 through Nov. 20.