Stephanie Paul, the 2014-15 Naples Daily News Girls Basketball Player of the Year, has signed a national letter of intent with the Georgia Lady Bulldogs Basketball program, head coach Joni Taylor announced on Tuesday.
Paul, the No. 32-ranked prospect in the country according to Prospects Nation and the No. 20 forward prospect overall according to ESPN.com’s Hoopgurlz, is entering her senior season on the Community School of Naples High School girls basketball team. She will join the Lady Bulldogs as a collegiate freshman at the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
“Stephanie is athletic and gamey,” Taylor said. “She is a versatile player who can play a number of positions for us. She can score faced –up, off the bounce, and with her back to the basket. Stephanie is a high energy player that runs the floor well and is an aggressive rebounder. I am looking forward to watching her stretch herself. She has the ability to be an overall really good player for us and in this league.”
In addition to her Player of the Year honor this past season, Paul was also named to the Class 3A All-State Team by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches as she tallied her 1,000th career point. She led the Seahawks to a 22-4 overall record and their third-straight appearance in the Florida Class 3A Regional Final. She averaged a double-double for the year, scoring 17.2 points per game to go with 11.2 rebounds per contest. In all, Paul tallied an impressive 15 double-doubles during her junior campaign.
Paul, a 6-foot-1 forward on the basketball court, is also on her high school’s track and field team, where she has earned two state titles in both the discus throw and the shot put.
Paul is the second Georgia signee of the early signing period, which runs from Nov. 11-18. Fellow high school senior Kortney Eisenman signed with the Lady Bulldogs last week.