BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball head coach Joe Logan announced the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent.
Alexis Gray (Clarksburg, Md./Georgetown Visitation Prep), Claire Jakaitis (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North), Stephanie Karcz (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South), Hannah Niles (Glen Echo, Md./Walt Whitman) and Molly Taylor (Cranleigh, England/Mercersburg Academy) will join the program to form the Class of 2020.
“We are extremely excited to welcome all five members of the class of 2020, as well as their families,” Logan said. “Each member of the incoming class has shown extraordinary ability in the classroom, on the court and in the community. We believe strongly that each of them will excel at Loyola and reach their fullest potential in mind, body and spirit.”
Gray, the reigning DCSAA Player of the Year, led Georgetown Visitation to an almost perfect 2014-15 season, as the team finished with an overall record of 31-1. Gray was named second-team All-Met by the Washington Post, first-team All-Independent School League, first-team All-District Columbia by the USA Today and a finalist for D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year. A four-year varsity player, Gray has scored 1,116 points and made 200 3-point field goals in only three years at Visitation. She has led the team to three-straight Independent School League Championship titles, including the 2014-15 City Championship title in 2014-15. Gray plays AAU for the Germantown Lady Panthers.
Jakaitis guided St. Charles North High School to the 2014 Illinois State Championship title, after taking third the previous season. The South Elgin, Illinois, native, was a 2015 All-Area and All-Conference honoree, while also earning All-State Honorable Mention nods her junior year. Jakaitis plays AAU for the Midwest Elite.
Karcz led Middletown South High School to its first New Jersey State title in 2015. The team went undefeated in 2013-14 and 2014-15, winning Class A North Championships both seasons and the sectional title in 2013-14. Those same years, Karcz was named the A North Player of the Year, to the Asbury Park Press and Hoop Group All-Shore First Team, as well as to the All-Shore Defensive Team. As a sophomore, Karcz recorded three triple-doubles and six double-doubles, and finished the season averaging 16.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.2 steals per game. The following year, Karcz scored her 1,000th point, and averaged 17.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.6 steals per game. This past year, Karcz played for the Jersey Shore Elite and was named to the AAU Junior Nationals All-Tournament Team.
Niles was named to the Gazette’s 2015 All-County Honorable Mention list after winning the Maryland Four A West Regional Championships and making an appearance in the state semifinals with Walt Whitman High School. Most recently, Niles played AAU for 1onNone. She competed in the 2014 and 2015 USJN and Chicago Nike Tournaments. She also played in the Maryland Under Armour Tournament for the last three years.
Taylor comes to Baltimore from Cranleigh, England, and plays AAU basketball with future Greyhound, Alexis Gray. In 2015, Taylor was named to the All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League and All-Independent School League First Teams after guiding Mercersburg Academy to the quarterfinals of the Pennsylvania State Tournament.