PSU women sign four high school recruits

Four sign to join the Gorillas next season
PSU women sign four high school recruits

RELEASE FROM PITTSBURG STATE ATHLETICS:

Pittsburg State University head coach Amanda Davied announced today (Nov. 13) that four high school players have signed national letters of intent to join the Gorilla women’s basketball program for the 2020-21 season.

Pitt State’s signing class includes guard/forward Abby Dietsche from Highland (Ark.) High School, guard Jayme Jackson from Liberty North (Mo.) High School, guard Chloe Martin from Bartlesville (Okla.) High School and guard Emma Martin from Mountain Home (Ark.) High School.

Dietsche (6-1) averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists per game as a junior at Highland High. She earned All-Conference as well as Arkansas Class 4A All-State honors last year, helping the Rebels to a 19-14 overall record.

“From the moment Coach Roller saw Abby she told me what a great athlete she was and how she would be a perfect fit in our program,” Davied said. “She is coached by an Arkansas legend in former Razorback guard Carrie Eoff so Abby will also be ready for the college game. Abby and Emma Martin played on the same travel team…Abby has the ability to play multiple positions, and I have no doubt she will be tough for teams to match-up with. Abby’s athleticism and skill set at 6-1 involves the ability to score at all three levels. She can shoot the 3, get to the rim or hit the jumper, as well as create post up mismatches. We are really excited about Abby!”

Jackson (5-9) is a two time second-team All-Conference selection at Liberty North High. She also garnered All-District honors as a sophomore in 2017-18. Jackson averaged nine points, three rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game last year for the Eagles.

“We watched Jayme about mid-Summer and quickly made a decision that she would be another great addition to this 2020 class,” Davied said. “We saw Jayme play every position on the floor with ease…she is a great teammate, a strong athlete with the ability to shoot the 3, drive to the rim, and defend all five spots. She had only spent the summer with new Liberty North Coach Brian Rockers, but he spoke so highly of her, and I know they are going to have a great senior season together.”

Chloe Martin (5-7) earned Oklahoma Class 6A All-State honors as a junior at Bartlesville High in 2018-19. She averaged 15.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game while helping the Bruins to an 18-8 record. Martin was a Class 5A All-State selection as a sophomore at Pryor (Okla.) High, helping the Tigers to a 5A state runner-up finish in 2017-18.

“Chloe has been a player we have been watching since her freshman year, and we couldn’t be happier to finally be welcoming her into our program,” Davied said. “She has been fully invested in our program for over a year now, as she committed the summer before her junior year. A coach’s daughter, with both mom and dad being her high school coaches, she is a gym rat with a gamer mentality! Chloe is a sharp shooter, but also has the ability to play the point guard spot, making her a great combo guard in our dribble drive attack.

Emma Martin (5-8) is a two time All-Conference performer at Mountain Home High. She averaged 14.5 points, four rebounds and five assists per game in 2018-19, helping the Bombers to an Arkansas Class 5A state semifinal finish. Martin helped the Bombers to state quarterfinal appearances her freshman and sophomore seasons.

“Coach Roller really spent a lot of time early in Arkansas, and Emma really caught her eye with her competitiveness and she is a basketball junky,” Davied said. “Coached by Dell Leonard at Mountain Home, we couldn’t be more excited to have met Dell and learned about the success they’ve had at Mountain Home. She has been in a competitive environment and knows what high expectations are all about! Emma’s defensive mindset and offensive skill set, combined with her competitive nature, will be a great addition to our team!

“This group has a lot of energy. They are true competitors that love the game of basketball! We look for this class to come in and compete for minutes and earn time with their enthusiasm for the game and their skill sets. They have been so much fun to recruit because they really had a special interest in being Gorillas! When you know, you know. With this class we felt there was a lot of mutual and genuine excitement and enthusiasm about Pittsburg State and our program, and that’s what we are looking for: pride in the program and tradition. They will be a perfect class to complement our returners.”

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