Coach Pam Borton pulled another surprise out of her bag of tricks today with the announcement that Terra Stapleton, a 6-4 rising junior post from Fairland, OH, would be attending the U of M after completing her high school eligibility in 2014. Stapleton scored 21 points per game with 13 rebounds and 4.5 blocks while shooting 63% from the floor as a sophomore last year, leading the Dragons to a 23-1 record and just their 2nd ever trip to the regional tournament. She averaged 16 points, 15 boards and 6 blocks in 2 regional games, a win and a loss. The Dragons came up 2 wins short of the Ohio state tournament, a 4-team affair, so they were sweet 16 in Division III.
She had played at St. Joseph Central in West Virginia as a freshman and averaged 6 points, 7 boards and 2 blocks as a freshman between moving to Fairland. At Fairland, then, she was the Southeast District Player of the Year, 1st team all-state Division III. She was the #4 rated prospect in West Virginia in 2011, but only the #96 rated player in Ohio in 2012, at least according to the 1 rating service I could find her listed in.
She joins 2014 recruits Kenisha Bell and Grace Coughlin, a pair of Minnesota guards. And she joins Stabresa McDaniel, a 2013 from Texas, as out-of-state recruit for Borton.