5-7 combo guard Amanda Hinton, from Manassas, Va., has verbally committed to play for the Bryant Bulldogs in 2013.
Hinton chose the Bulldogs over offers from Navy and two Division II institutions. She selected Bryant in part because she will have the opportunity to step in and play for an up-and-coming program.
“I have a chance to be part of a tradition instead of being part of one already in place,” Hinton said.
Bryant is coming off a school record 14 Division I wins in 2011-12 and has six freshmen on their 2012-13 squad. The Bulldogs began playing Division I women’s basketball in 2008-09 and are eligible for postseason play for the first time this season. Bryant was picked to finish ninth in the NEC in 2012-13.
Hinton, a second team All-Cedar Run District selection in 2011-12, is a superb ball handler and a good passer. She averaged 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.2 steals for Stonewall Jackson High last season.
The early National Letter of Intent signing period runs from Nov. 14-21.
News about other Stonewall Jackson players
Hinton is one of three current Stonewall Jackson players to commit to Division I programs. The other two players are 5-10 guard Danielle Burns and 6-2 forward Nicole Floyd.
Burns, a senior in 2012-13, verbally committed to Fordham in September. She has a high motor and is a good scorer. Burns can score inside the paint as well as beat defenders off the dribble.
Burns, an All-Cedar Run District selection, averaged 11.5 points in 2011-12.
Fordham was selected to finish 11th in the Atlantic-10 in 2012-13.
Floyd, a 6-2 junior, verbally committed to Wake Forest on Oct. 1. She has the ability to score with her back to the basket, facing up and from the perimeter. She is also athletic and a relentless rebounder.
Floyd was an All-Cedar Run District selection in 2011-12. She averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and blocked 56 shots last year. Floyd also received scholarship offers from Charlotte and Hampton.
Wake Forest, 20-14 overall, won seven ACC games for only the third time in the program’s history in 2011-12. The Demon Deacons have just two freshmen on their 2012-13 and are led by head coach Jen Hoover, who is in her first year with the team.
Jonquanae Cole, who has transferred to Paul VI Catholic (Washington, D.C.), said that she has received interest from Marquette. The 6-4 junior center played for Stonewall Jackson in 2011-12.