Nov. 10, 2005
Florida State University women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau and her staff have inked two of the top five high school players in the state of Florida and on Thursday, announced their signings to National Letters of Intent. Ft. Lauderdale native Jacinta Monroe, a 6-4 forward/center out of Stranahan High School, and Alysha Harvin, a 5-10 guard, who hails from Hollywood, Fla., and attends South Broward High School, will be Seminoles in 2006-07. It will not be the first time the two are teammates however, as both Monroe and Harvin played their AAU summer basketball for the Hollywood Suns, coached by Richard Walker.
“I am thrilled to sign two of Florida’s top players to National Letters of Intent at Florida State,” Semrau said. “Both Alysha and Jacinta are extremely gifted basketball players, but what I love most about them is their character and drive to excel. Alysha is a leader. She competes hard and inspires other to do the same. Jacinta is charismatic. She brings passion with her talent on the basketball floor. Each will be great additions to our Seminole family.”
Ranked No. 2 among the Top 40 players in the state of Florida by FloridaHoops.com, Monroe averages 24.7 points, 18.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. A 2005 AAU 16U All-American, Monroe was also pegged a Street & Smith honorable mention All-American in 2005. A two-time all-Broward County first team selection, Monroe earned Florida Sports Writers Association girls’ 5A all-state honors in 2004 (second team) and 2005 (third team). Monroe, who also competes in volleyball and track for Stranahan, is rated No. 29 among centers across the country by All Star Girls Report.
Harvin is ranked No. 5 among the Top 40 players in the state of Florida by FloridaHoops.com and averaged 18.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game as an all-Broward County first team selection last season. A 2005 Street & Smith honorable mention All-American, Harvin garnered adidas Top Ten Camp Underclass All-Star honors in 2004. Also a track and cross country standout, Harvin is rated No. 13 among shooting guards across the country by All Star Girls Report.