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It has been a while since the Wiggins Waves traveled across the country from San Diego to play in the Deep South Classic, but they have made the decision to repeat that journey in 2014.
“It’s been about five years since we were at the Deep South Classic,” said Waves coach Terri Bamford. “We have a really good group of players this year. We have a lot of players who have been playing up, so we’re excited about going back to the Deep South.”
The Deep South Classic will be in Raleigh, NC, on April 25-27. Now in its 17th year, the Deep South Classic annually hosts many of the nation’s elite travel teams in a field that will eclipse 200 squads, and hundreds of collegiate coaches will be on hand searching for talent. The 2014 event will mark the second year that the Deep South Classic has been held at the Raleigh Convention Center. The venue was a tremendous success in its debut last year, with all games played at one site on 18 courts, and it is in a convenient central location.
The Waves will be led by a quartet of talented performers who have caught the attention of college recruiters. The group includes Coco Miller (2015, 5010, G), Megan House (2015, 6-3, C), Taylor Pierce (2015, 5-7, G) and Mai-Loni Henson (2016, 6-0, G, No. 159).
“Coco is one of those players who just knows how to score,” Bamford said. “She can do everything from hitting the three to attacking the rim, and she really competes on every single possession. Megan is a very talented player who has committed to Pepperdine. Mai-Loni could play any of the perimeter spots, and she can post people up. She has an impressive upside. Taylor has deep three-point range, and she is a very consistent shooter. She is one of the best shooters I’ve seen in a long time.”
All Star Girls Report analyst Bret McCormick has also been impressed with the the Wave program. ASGR has Henson listed as the No. 114 recruit in the Class of 2016, and House is ranked at No. 351 for the Class of 2015.
“They do a very good job with that program,” McCormick said. “Terri has produced a lot of quality players. They tend to have kids that stay with the program for a number of years, and they send players to colleges across the country and all different levels.
“Henson is a strong, physically impressive player who can compete inside or step out to the arc. We have rated at No. 159 in her class. House is at No. 351 in our rankings. She has a good inside presence, she can run the floor, and she can shoot it from 15 feet. That’s a good get for Pepperdine. Miller is at No. 306 on our list. She is a strong, fundamentally sound player who knows the game, and she has three-point range. Pierce has good quickness and a nice feel for the game. She makes things work for the team, and she can shoot it.”