North Texas women's basketball announced the signing of Cedar Hill forward Braylah Blakely on Thursday. Blakely is the fourth player to be signed by newly hired head coach Karen Aston for the 2011-12 academic year.
"I am pleased about the addition of Braylah to the Mean Green family. This was a huge pickup for us in regards to adding some depth and athleticism to the front court," said Aston.
"Braylah loves to rebound and run, and is a perfect fit for our style. The trend we are setting is signing players from winning cultures and high school programs," added Aston. "Braylah's potential is unlimited and we are looking forward to seeing her grow."
Blakely is a 6'0" forward from Cedar Hill High School in Cedar Hill, Texas. She averaged 10 points and nine rebounds per game as a junior, and pulled down a school-best 27 rebounds in a single game. Blakely grabbed 24 rebounds and was named ESPN RISE Player of the Week for the Southwest Region in a 64-58 victory over national No. 4 MacArthur in 2010. Blakely's Cedar Hill squad advanced to the Texas 5A Semifinals in 2010, picking up a second win over MacArthur in the regional final. She was a three-year starter, and picked up all-district first team honors as a junior and second-team accolades as a sophomore. Blakely was a McDonald's All-America nominee prior to her senior year.