From Arkansas State University
Malvern High School product Akasha Westbrook has signed a national letter of intent to continue her career with the Arkansas State women's basketball team head coach Brian Boyer announced Thursday.
Westbrook has enjoyed a stellar career at Malvern, where she led the Lady Leopards to the class 4A state championship as a junior. She was named the tournament's MVP and also racked up all-state tournament, all-state, all-region and all-conference honors in route to the championship.
"Akasha is a very talented young lady," A-State women's basketball coach Brian Boyer said. "Versatile is the best way to describe her because she can play more than one position offensively and on the defensive end she's capable of guarding one through four. Akasha was the first player that I offered in this class because the first time I saw her I felt like she could be an immediate impact at the collegiate level. She also was the first of our signees to commit to us and I am very grateful to her and her family for believing early on in Arkansas State."
The 5'10 guard played a pivotal role in leading Malvern to the 4A state championship a season ago. In the postseason she helped the Lady Leopards win six straight games across the regional and state brackets including a 33-32 victory in the championship game.
This summer she was participated in the "Prospects On the Rize" game in Nashville, Tenn., which featured 17 of top female basketball players from the states of Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas.
Westbrook is also a member of the Malvern Arkansas Lady Mavericks AAU team and also helped the Malvern volleyball team advance to the quarterfinals of the 4A state tournament.
Westbrook is the fourth signee for with the Red Wolves during the early signing period, which runs through Nov. 20.