Adia Mathies, one of the state's front-runners for Miss Basketball, has decided to play her college basketball at Kentucky next season.
Mathies, a 5-foot-9 swing player from Iroquois High School in Louisville who is listed among the nation's top 65 players by ESPN's Hoopgurlz, decided this week to play for UK, her mother Angela Mathies confirmed Wednesday night. Adia Mathies (pronounced ODD-e-uh MATH-is) was not available for comment.
Jim Underwood, director of the Blue Chip All-Stars recruiting service for whom Mathies plays in the summer, backed up ESPN's claim.
"Every college in the United States recruited her," Underwood said. "She's as good as anybody that's come out of Kentucky in the last 15 years."
Mathies chose Kentucky over Louisville and Western Kentucky. The versatile, athletic guard has started for Iroquois since she was in sixth grade, and she has scored more than 2,500 points. She averaged 17.3 points and 11.4 rebounds last season for the Raiders.
"She's just so smart. She has an innate ability to score against anybody," Underwood said. "She'll get you two points anytime you need them. She's got lock-down defensive skills."
Mathies and her sister Asia led the Raiders to three straight Sweet Sixteens, including a runner-up finish in 2007, before falling just shy of the tournament in 2008.
"She's only 5-9 but she can rebound with kids much taller," Underwood said. "She's real athletic, a good student. A really good kid in addition to being a really good ball player."
Ashley Rainey of Warren East and Mathies are considered the top two seniors in the state this season and early front-runners for Miss Basketball. Rainey has committed to Louisville.
ESPN's Hoopgurlz recruiting Web site said Mathies had a nice showing at the Super South Showcase this summer.
"Fantastic quickness and lift," the site said. "A great athlete who can get to the cup and is in her element playing in a transition game. She can stop and pop off the dribble or elevate over the help defense. Defensively her quickness and aggressiveness allow her to make an impact."
The site lists her as its 65th best player out of 100 and the 13th best guard in the country.
"She's a serious impact player," Underwood said.
Mathies becomes the second verbal commitment UK has received for next season. The other is 6-foot-6 center Anna Cole of Mondovi, Wis. Cole averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks last season.