Forest Park forward Tiffany Wilson (0) has committed to sign with North Carolina-Ashville today, the first day of the early signing period. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)
JONESBORO — Calling it an opportunity to just concentrate on basketball, a pair of Clayton County senior players are expected to sign their letters of intent today.
With the regular season scheduled to start for most teams this weekend, Forest Park forward Tiffany Wilson and Morrow guard Ditara Pack will sign their scholarship offers. Wilson has committed to Div. I UNC-Ashville while Pack has committed to Div. II Flagler College.
“I really like the coaching staff and the area,” said Wilson, who chose the Big South Conference school over Armstrong Atlantic, Valdosta State and Tennessee Tech.
“They have my major, and it seems like a good fit for me. When I visited, I like the players on the team, and I probably have an opportunity to play as a freshman. I think being able to play right away had a big part in my decision.”
Last season, the 6-foot-1 Wilson averaged 8.6 points and 8.8 rebounds as the Panthers won Region 4-AAAAA and advanced to the state playoffs. Forest Park lost to Southwest DeKalb at Kennesaw State in the semifinals last March. In addition to the points and rebounds, Wilson also averaged 3.2 steals and 1.4 blocked shots per game.
It was her first season back after missing her sophomore year with a knee injury. Wilson played in 33 games, and scored in double figures in 11 games while twice getting season highs of 16 points.
“Making my college choice definitely takes a big burden off of me,” said Wilson, who carries a 3.7 grade-point average. “I can focus on school and the team. We want to get back to the playoffs, and hopefully bring home a championship.”
Pack, a 5-foot-9 guard, will be asked to carry a bigger load for the Mustangs this season with the transfer of Rhein Beamon to powerhouse Stephenson.
“We are looking for some big things from her this year,” Morrow coach Anthony McKissic said. “She will be one of our leaders.”
Last season, Pack averaged 14.5 points in 24 games for the Mustangs, who are members of Region 2-AAAAAA. She shot 59 percent from field goal range.
“I went for a visit to the school and fell in love with it,” Pack said. “I love the coaches and the atmosphere around the team. I really feel like I can make an impact on the team.”
Flagler is a Div. II school in St. Augustine, Fla., and plays in the Peach Belt Conference, which Clayton State is a member. She plays both guard positions for the Mustangs. Pack also had offers from Lane College, Central Arkansas and Mercer.
“This season, I’m going to have to emphasize my leadership,” Pack said. “I’ve got to step up, and everyone on the team has to step up to make an impact.”