TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Women’s Basketball back court continues to fill itself with talented playmakers. The latest addition is guard Sayawni “Say Say” Lassiter of Newton North High School in Dorchester, Mass.
“With the graduation of Leticia Romero, we looked for a point guard who would be a great compliment to current freshman A’Tyanna Gaulden next year,” head coach Sue Semrau said. “We found the perfect complement in Sayawni. She is a leader, has great floor vision and the ability to score from long range. She fits our style of play and has a great basketball IQ. We are thrilled to have “Say” in our Seminole Family.”
Recruited primarily by Associate Head Coach Lance White, Lassiter joins fellow incoming freshman guard Savannah Wilkinson (London, England) as part of the 2017 signing class. The Boston-area player will be the second Massachusetts native to suit up for the Garnet and Gold, joining former guard Michelle Frank (1993-94) of Sandwich, Mass.
Lassiter is ranked 19th at her position by ESPN Hoopgurlz, earning strong reviews for her ability to excel in the up-tempo game. With point guards setting the tone throughout, Lassiter uses her body well to draw contact and can also win 1-on-1 matchups on the offensive end with her knack for creating space.
Aside from playing high school basketball at Newton North, Lassiter is also on the Boston Showstoppers AAU squad. The 5-foot-10 player has impressed colleges with being able to finish consistently in traffic, attack the basket and rebound well from the guard position. With FSU also losing senior guard Brittany Brown, who is one of the nation’s top rebounding guards, Lassiter’s addition to the squad is important.
Lassiter is rated as a four-star player via Prospects Nation. Her Uncle Clinton is her AAU Coach with the Boston Showstoppers, while her older sister Ednaija is a freshman guard at Rhode Island.
The guard position for the Seminoles figures to be stacked next season with Gaulden and Lassiter handling their roles at the point. Freshman Nicki Ekhomu is already earning key minutes at the shooting guard position, while redshirt junior off-guard Imani Wright recently dropped 25 points on UConn.
Freshman guard Nausia Woolfolk is also another talented piece to the back court who is expected to develop even more by the 2017-18 season.
Lassiter’s signing with FSU gives her family the chance to see her play in her backyard with Boston College being part of the ACC. As she finishes her senior year in high school, FSU is scheduled to play at B.C. this season on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass.