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Staley lands top point guard

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USC Media Relations

South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley went into The Hoosier State to land one of the nation's top prospects Wednesday.

Noblesville (Ind.) Heritage Christian School's Tyasha Harris, ranked a five-star prospect and the No. 8 point guard in the country by ESPN.com, signed with the Gamecocks Wednesday evening.

"Tyasha committing to join our Gamecock family brings us great joy,” Staley said in a statement. “She is a point guard who has the ability to make an immediate impact for our team. We look forward to her bringing the same championship mentality to our program.”

The 5-foot-10 Harris, chose the Gamecocks over Michigan State and Iowa. She's ranked the No. 27 overall prospect in the country.

"Lead-guard with size in the backcourt complemented by consistent offensive production; reads pressure, passes in transition; executes in half-court game, delivers off the dribble," reads the evaluation on her ESPN profile.

Harris is the fourth and highest-ranked member of the Gamecocks' class.

A finalist for Indiana’s “Miss Basketball,” which will be announced on April 28, she helped Heritage Christian to three straight state championships, including the 2016 title in the program’s first season in Class 3A. After averaging 23.5 points this season, Harris is her high school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,004 points, also pacing the program in career steals (487) and ranking third in assists (426). The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) named her among its 2016 Senior “Supreme 15” All-State after she earned Underclass “Supreme 15” status in 2015 behind her 17.5 points and 4.3 assists per game as a junior.

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