CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte head women’s basketball coach Cara Consuegra and the 49ers coaching staff have announced the signing of three players to National Letters of Intent Thursday to join the program beginning in 2014-15. This year’s class, the third group under Consuegra’s watch, is comprised of three players from three different states: Griffin Dempsey (Proctorville, Ohio), Mintrell McKoy (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Amaya Ransom (Virginia Beach, Va.).
“We’re excited about this year’s class,” Consuegra said. “We are filling some major needs that we’re going to have, especially based on our graduating players this year. We brought in our No. 1 point guard, some size and some athleticism. The combination of all three areas makes up another really strong class for us.”
Griffin Dempsey (5-6 • G • Proctorville, Ohio. • Huntington St. Joseph Central Catholic HS (W.Va.) • West Virginia Thunder)
Graded as high as 90 by ESPN … Listed as high as the No. 24 best point guard nationally … Participated in the Elite Basketball Academy Super 64 Camp … Earned 2011-12 and 2012-13 All-West Virginia First Team honors by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association … Tabbed to the 2013 all-state tournament squad after setting a state class record with seven triples among her team-best 26 points in the championship game … Set the school single-game scoring record with 52 points on 20-of-24 field goals, including 12-of-15 3-pointers, against Charleston Catholic HS (W.Va.) Jan. 12, 2012 … Tied the previous school mark of 34 points by halftime and netted 21-straight points during a 3:30 stretch … Named the March 4, 2013, WCHS-8 TV Scholar-Athlete of the Week … Ranked among the Top 175 seniors for 2014 on the Premier Basketball Report … Reached the 1,000-point mark of her career by the end of her junior campaign … Entered her senior season averaging 15.3 points, 3.8 assists and 3.1 steals during her career … Tallied 18.0 points, 4.5 assists and 3.1 steals per game averages as a junior, converting 47 percent of her field goals and 40 percent from behind the 3-point arc … Posted averages of 17.8 points, 3.3 steals and 3.2 assists during her sophomore campaign … Member of three-straight state championship teams, as high school has won five-in-a-row entering 2013-14.
“Griffin was a player we identified really early on as one of our top, if not the top, prospect at the point guard position. For us to sign our No. 1 choice is certainly exciting for us. She is a great point guard who can dominate the game in so many ways with an outstanding handle, being very shifty, creates well off the dribble and can get by you and score in the lane. But, she also an incredible ability to knock down shots, including the three from deep. She has so many facets to her game offensively that makes her a very dynamic scorer and that’s what we like to have in our program.”
Mintrell McKoy (6-3 • C • Fayetteville, N.C. • Jack Britt HS • NC Zoom)
Named as an Honorable Mention performer in the All-Mid South Conference as a junior and sophomore … Averaged 5.9 rebounds and 5.3 points per game during her career entering her final season … Selected as an On the “Radar” standout player at the “Center Court Challenge” at the 2012 Blue Chip’s Preseason Challenge.
“Mintrell is a player I really think is under the radar as I don’t think a lot of people have seen her play. I don’t think a lot of people know what she’s capable of doing. We’ve watched her quite a bit and liked her from the first time I saw her. She has great size, great athleticism and length. She can run up and down the floor. She will remind a lot of Niner Nation of Amanda Dowe in a lot of ways, including getting up off the floor. The things that stand out to me about her is that she does a lot of little things really well. For a post her size, she can pass really well, she makes great decisions about the ball and her rebounding is incredible when she decides to go after it, there’s not many people that can stop her. That’s a big need for us. We’re always looking to build on our size and we like athletic posts that can get up and down the court and she fits that description perfectly.”
Amaya Ransom (5-11 • G • Virginia Beach, Va. • Landstown HS • Boo Williams Elite)
Chosen as an all-star team member at the Fifth Annual U.S. Junior Nationals Premier Invitational … Named to the All-Beach District First Team and an Honorable Mention All-Tidewater Conference pick after averaging 11.7 points and 3.2 rebounds as a junior … Picked as a 2012 Boo Williams Christmas Classic top player … Recorded averages of 9.2 points and 3.7 rebounds during her sophomore campaign.
“Amaya is another player that may be a little under the radar. She played for Boo Williams’ AAU team, which is one the premier clubs in the country. They have so many great players on that team that I think sometimes others may seem to get lost in the shuffle. We had watched Amaya for awhile and just really liked her. She brings us some size and athleticism at the guard, which is another thing we’re always looking for. She’s a big guard. She’s long and athletic and a really smooth offensive player. She can shoot the three or the mid-range jumper. She has some deceptive speed to get by you, and again, she brings some length defensively and will be able to be a bigger defender for us. She can deflect and disrupt, which is something we’re always looking for out of our guards.”
The trio will help the 49ers offset the graduations of Ny Hammonds (May 2014) and Jessica Johnson (December 2013) from this year’s squad.