Nov. 15, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF women's basketball team has signed three talented recruits from Florida to its class of 2014, head coach Joi Williams announced Friday.
Aliyah Gregory (Strawberry Crest; Tampa), Nyala Shuler (Edgewater; Orlando) and Ndeye "Fifi" Ndour (Montverde Academy; Montverde) will join the Knights on the blacktop next fall.
"We are pleased and excited to add Nyala, Aliyah and Fifi to our UCF family," Williams said. "All three of these young women bring unique skill sets that will impact us immediately, but more importantly, they are all quality people. It's very exciting to sign a class all from the central Florida area that will be able to play in front of their families and friends for the next four years."
Gregory, a 5-foot-10 guard, is all-state standout and Tampa Bay's top girls basketball player. She has scored more points and tallied more double-doubles than any player - male or female - in school history.
Gregory is also an all-conference selection for Strawberry Crest's track and field team in the high jump and 200 meters. She holds the program's high jump record.
"Aliyah's ability to attack the rim and score in transition fits perfectly within our style of play," Williams said.
Shuler is a two-time state champion at nearby Edgewater High School. The 6-foot forward averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds in 2012-13, and scored the game-winning free throw with no time remaining in the Class 6A championship.
She has been recognized as the Class 6A District 11 Player of the Year, an all-state selection, an Orlando Sentinel All-Orange County Basketball First Team honoree and is a member of the National Honor Society and Junior Achievement Shining Stars.
"Nyala's versatility will help us tremendously on both ends of the floor," Williams said.
Ndour originally hails from Dakar, Senegal, and moved to the United States last year. She helped Montverde Academy to an 18-1 record in 2012-13 and enters her senior year as one of the team's top returning scorers.
"Fifi's size and perimeter shooting will allow us to stretch opposing defenses and be more of a threat behind the arc," Williams said.
The Knights are currently in the midst of their first season as a member of the American Athletic Conference, one of the country's premiere basketball leagues.