#First44 Day 30: North Texas Adds Stabresa McDaniel
Mitchell Welcomes Versatile Big 10 Guard
Mitchell was named head coach of the North Texas women's basketball team on April 9, 2015. Between moving back to Denton, getting to know the team and beginning to operate the Mean Green program, Mitchell will be very busy early on in her tenure. We want to give fans an in-depth look at her #First44 days on the job in the form of a 44-part series that will run from April 10-May 23.
On Saturday, Jalie Mitchell announced that 5-10 guard Stabresa McDaniel will transfer to North Texas from Minnesota. The Dallas native will sit out the 2015-16 season in accordance with NCAA regulations.
"I've seen Stabresa in several different settings and I believe she has the ability to do anything she sets her mind to," Mitchell said. "She's a strong, solid guard who can score in a variety of ways. Offensively and defensively, she will be hard to deal with."
After graduating from Skyline High School in 2013, McDaniel played for the Golden Gophers for two seasons, appearing in 49 total games. She scored in double-figures four times as a freshman, including a career-high 14 points against Loyola. In three straight Big 10 games that season, McDaniel averaged 11.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists, scoring in double-digits in all of them. As a sophomore, she had a season-high six points and three assists against No. 12 Maryland.
"I'm very happy to bring Stabresa home. I've watched her play for years and there's just something special about her," Mitchell continued. "She has an extremely effective mid-range game, along with the ability to get to the free throw line. Stabresa also had the privilege of being taught and coached by one of the best high school coaches in the state of Texas."
Under head coach Cassandra McCurdy at Skyline, McDaniel was a versatile player. She averaged 15.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists, all while being considered the team's best defender. Coming out of high school McDaniel was given an 87 overall scouting grade by ESPN.com. She was ranked No. 24 in the state of Texas, No. 40 regionally and No. 57 nationally at her position.
As a junior, McDaniel was named to the 2012 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Region Team, earned All-District First Team honors and won Offensive Player of the Year. She also played for DFW Elite T-Jack and her head coach was Daryl Horton.