JONESBORO, Ark. (11/9/16) – Arkansas State women’s basketball coach Brian Boyer has announced the signing of Nemo Vista High School product Maggie Mahan and Tyler Community College standout Ashley Clayborn to National Letters of Intent to continue to their careers with the Red Wolves.
Mahan, a three-time 1A state champion with the Redhawks, averaged 8.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game during her junior season. She shot 63 percent from the free throw line and earned 1A All-State and All-State Tournament honors, while also being named the Arkansas Basketball Coaches Association (ArBCA) “Starting 5.”
“Maggie is a scoring guard and has the ability to score in many different ways,” Boyer said. “She can shoot the three, attack the rim well and has a very good midrange jump shot. I would put Maggie's work ethic and desire to be the best up against anyone recruit in the country.”
In her three years of high school competition, Mahan has helped the Redhawks compile an 83-10 record and three consecutive state titles. She has also been named to the ArBCA “Starting 5” two times and is also a two-time 1A All-State selections. She also has been named to the 1A All-State Tournament team three times and has been named the 1A State Tournament MVP one time.
As a sophomore during the 2014-15 season, Mahan played in 38 games as Nemo Vista compiled a 35-4 record on its way to its second straight state title. She averaged 13.7 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per night, while shooting 75 percent from the free throw line. She was named the 1A State Tournament MVP, while also earning All-State and All-State tournament team honors.
Clayborn averaged 13 points, five rebounds and two assists as a freshman for Tyler as a freshman during the 2015-16 season. She helped her squad to a 24-8 overall record and advanced to the semifinals of the Region XIV Tournament.
“We needed to add size to our guard rotation and Ashley brings that,” Boyer said. “She is a big and athletic guard and she can shoot the ball very well too. Ashley will bring experience to our program after she completes this season playing in one of the toughest Junior College Women's Basketball Leagues in the country.”
Prior to joining Tyler Community College, Clayborn prepped at Hot Springs High School where she was a three-time All-Conference and All-State selection. She was named the Garland County Newcomer of the Year in 2012 and was named to the 5A All-State tournament team in 2014 and 2015.
She helped lead the Trojans to a state championship in 2014-15 with a 26-4 overall record, including a thrilling one point victory over Pulaski Academy in the state title game. She averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds a game during Hot Springs’ title run.