Official mix of McDonald's All-American Ieshia Small of Florida High in Tallahassee.

Ieshia Small picks Baylor over South Carolina

April 3, 2013 - 6:46pm
McDonald's All-American Ieshia Small announced she will attend Baylor. (Photo courtesy of McDonald's)

McDonald's All-American Ieshia Small announced she will attend Baylor. (Photo courtesy of McDonald's)

Unsigned senior Ieshia Small officially announced her decision to attend Baylor University today live on ESPN3 during the McDonald's All-American Game. The 5-10 guard, who is ranked No. 12 in the 2013 Full Court Fresh 50, recently narrowed her list to Baylor and South Carolina after also considering Rutgers, N.C. State and Mississippi State. She told Full Court, "Baylor was the place I felt most comfortable spending the next four years of my life." 

The Florida Gatorade Player of the Year says her former Essence AAU teammates Alexis Prince and Niya Johnson, who are both currently freshmen on the Bears' roster, played a big role in her decision.  "With Alexis and Niya already there, it's like family. I also think the three of us can do big things together in the future."

Earlier in the week, the top-ranked Bears suffered one of the biggest losses in women's basketball history when they were upset by Louisville in the NCAA Sweet 16. When Small phoned Baylor coach Kim Mulkey to let her know her decision, the coach was moved to tears, saying this was "the best news she'd had all week."

The McDonald's All-American averaged 25 points, 9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 5 steals a game this season for Florida State University High School in Tallahassee, where she led the Seminoles to 22-7 record.

Ieshia rounds out the Baylor 2013 recruiting class, which includes Imani Wright, a 5-10 guard ranked No. 26 in the Full Court Fresh 50, Breanna Hayden, a 5-10 small forward who is the younger sister of Baylor senior Kimetria Hayden, Khadijiah Cave, a 6-3 center from Laney High School in Augusta, Ga., and Nina Davis a 5-11 small forward out of Memphis Central High School in Tennessee.