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Women?s Basketball Inks Top-50 Class

Women?s Basketball Inks Top-50 Class

CLEMSON, S.C. – Head Women’s Basketball Coach Audra Smith and her staff officially welcomed four new members to the Clemson family on Monday, signing Taylor Brown, Danielle Edwards, Keniece Purvis and Sirah Diarra to National Letters of Intent. The four-player class, ranked in the top-50 by the All-Star Girls Report, will join the program in the summer and begin play in the 2015-16 season.

“This class really builds on our momentum from the 2014 class that is on campus now,” said Smith, whose roster features nine freshmen this season. “This group of young women will help us continue to build toward our goal of bringing Clemson back to prominence. We believe each one of these student-athletes meets our goal of being well-rounded in the classroom and on the court.”

The student-athletes hail from three different states (Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina) and Canada. Each of the players is ranked among the top-100 players in the nation by various recruiting services.

 2015 Clemson Women’s Basketball Signees:

Danielle Edwards5-7 | G | Perry Hall, Md. (McDonogh School)

  • No. 69 player nationally and Four-star prospect by ESPN
  • No. 23 point guard nationally by ESPN
  • No. 197 player nationally by All-Star Girls Report
  • Twin brother, Drew, signed with Providence College
  • Commitment Story

Taylor Brown6-0 | Wing | Paterson, N.J. (Eastside High School)

  • No. 16 post player nationally by ESPN
  • No. 92 player nationally by All-Star Girls Report
  • No. 96 player nationally by
  • New Jersey State Player of the Year in 2013-14
  • Brown Feature on

Keniece Purvis5-7 | Point Guard | Greensboro, N.C. (New Garden Friends High School)

  • No. 48 player nationally by The Carolina Scouting Report
  • Averaged more than 22 ppg as a sophomore, but missed 2013-14 with an injury
  • Comes from a long line of collegiate athletes: Cousin, Peace Shepard Easton, played for NC State; Her Aunt, Lillian Purvis, played for Maryland from 1994 until 1998 and her uncle, Andre Purvis, played football for North Carolina Chapel-Hill from 1993-1997
  • One-on-one interview with Purvis

Sirah Diarra6-2 | Post | Longueuil, Quebec (Champlaign College St-Lambert)

  • Earned 4.5 (out of 5) rating by Crown scouting
  • No. 8 player in Canada and No. 2 post by Crown

Keniece Purvis:

Danielle Edwards: