Women's Basketball Signs Nationally-Ranked Class

Nov. 15, 2017

SAN DIEGO -

For the second consecutive year, San Diego State women’s basketball head coach Stacie Terry has announced the signing of a nationally-ranked incoming class. Mallory Adams, Jayden Perez and Sophia Ramos comprise the nation’s 57th-ranked class (according to Prospects Nation) and will join the Aztecs for the 2018-19 campaign.  

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Adams, a 6-foot guard, is in her second season at Lone Star High School in Frisco, Texas. She is the 14th-ranked wing in the 2018 class, earning a 90 scouts grade and three stars from ESPN.

She had a breakout season as a junior, her first at Lone Star High School. She garnered Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) and Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) all-state, TABC all-region and District 13-5A Offensive MVP accolades after averaging 18.9 points and 9.0 rebounds en route to Lone Star’s district championship. The District 9-5A MVP, TGCA all-state and TABC all-region honoree as a sophomore at Centennial (Frisco, Texas) High School, she was the 2015 District 9-5A Newcomer of the Year, recording 18 points and 10 boards per game as a freshman.

Adams’ older sister, McKenzie, is a junior guard on SMU’s women’s basketball team. Their father, Gary, played four years of football at Arkansas and their mother, Michelle, played volleyball at Missouri Southern State.

Adams plays AAU for Cy-Fair EYBL. She piqued interest from a number of schools, including SMU, Kansas, Alabama, Tulsa, Houston, Michigan, Penn, Rice, New Mexico and Rutgers.

Terry on Adams:
“Mallory’s versatility is unmatched. She is a big guard that can play the forward position, is an excellent rebounder and has a motor that doesn’t stop. She is a very capable 3-point threat and has double-double potential.“

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Perez is a 5-8 guard competing for Onate High School in Las Cruces, N.M. She has an 89 scouts grade and three stars from ESPN as the 73rd-ranked point guard in her class.

Perez enters her senior year with 1,586 career points. As a junior last season, she averaged nearly 20 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals. Selected to the 2017 All-U.S.A. New Mexico Girls Basketball Team, she led Onate to the Class 6A state tournament, earning Class 6A all-state second-team honors along the way.

Perez played her freshman and sophomore seasons at Las Cruces High, capturing District 3-6A Player of the Year and Class 6A all-state second-team honors each year.

Perez plays AAU for Team Fusion in El Paso, Texas, under head coach Lee Williams. A 4.0 student, she is ranked seventh in her class while also competing for Onate’s volleyball team last season. She also had offers from New Mexico and Abilene Christian.

Terry on Perez:
“Jayden is a blue-collar, high-energy player that thrives off of doing the little things. You can always hear her on the floor. She’s great academically and gives us the intangibles that will take us where we need to go as a program.”

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Ramos, a 5-9 guard, is playing in her fourth season at Incarnate Word High School in San Antonio, Texas. She has four stars from Prospects Nation and is No. 87 at the guard position with three stars and an 88 scouts grade from ESPN.

A three-time Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) All-State and All-District first-team pick, she was also a TAPPS Academic All-State honoree as a junior. Last season, Ramos averaged 16.6 points. 8.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.9 steals per game, leading Incarnate Word to a 27-6 record. Reaching the 1,500-career point mark as a junior, she is a two-time Express News MVP for private schools.

Ramos plays AAU for SA Finest and coach Ray Caldwell. The team won the Super 64 National Championship with a buzzer-beater in 2017.

Terry on Ramos:
“Sophia has an incredible basketball IQ and poise. She is one of the best passers that I’ve recruited. She is selfless and simply gets the job done.”

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For the first time since the 2011-12 season, the Aztecs have opened the season 2-0 with home wins against Presbyterian and CSUN, making an outstanding 23 3-pointers over that time. SDSU closes its three-game homestand to kick off the season on Sat., Nov. 18, hosting Cal State Fullerton in Viejas Arena at noon.

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