Dixon, Edwards Sign NLIs To Join Women's Basketball Program
Taleah Dixon and Laryn Edwards have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball program as the Greyhounds’ Class of 2022.
“I would like to thank my staff for all of their efforts in all of our recruiting endeavors,” Loyola head coach Joe Logan said. “Recruiting has become a multi-class year-round endeavor and I believe my staff works extremely hard to attract the best people and the best talent to Loyola University Maryland.
“We are all extremely excited to have two players of Laryn and Taleah’s ability and character choose to continue their academic and athletic careers with us at Loyola. Both Taleah and Laryn come from amazing families and we look forward to having them both enhance our Loyola women’s basketball family in the classroom, on the court and in the community. We wish them both the best of luck as they continue to work toward all of their goals during this last year of high school and look forward to their arrival on campus in the summer of 2018. “
Dixon comes to Loyola from the McDonogh School in Baltimore, where she was an IAAM First Team and Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection as a sophomore before suffering an injury during the 2016-17 season.
“Head coach Joe Logan and his coaching staff has recruited me for many years,” Dixon said. “Even during my ACL tear, Coach Logan still believed that I could and would do big things in my basketball career. The entire coaching staff and family atmosphere made me feel like Loyola was the best place for my growth.
“Being close to home will also allow all of my family and supporters come to my games.”
A 5-10 guard/forward, Dixon helped McDonogh win the Bishop Walsh and IAAM Conference Championships as a freshman. She was then selected as the Art Turner Tournament and Public vs. Private Tournament Player of the Game, a Fox 45 Player of the Week and to the Governor’s Challenge All-Tournament Team as a sophomore. She also won the Bishop Walsh 3-point contest and was named to the Bishop Walsh Tournament First Team in 2015-16.
Edwards, who hails from Allison Park, Pennsylvania, is a two-time All-Section performer for Hampton High School after leading the Talbots to the Section Championship in 2016 and 2017. The squad was also a WPIAL semifinalist and PIAA State Tournament qualifier in 2016 and 2017.
“Loyola’s campus made me feel at home,” Edwards said. “I was looking for a situation that offered both great academics and athletics, and Loyola offers both.
“The coaching staff is great, too. I really feel like they will help me reach my potential, both in the gym and in the classroom, while the girls on the team were very welcoming. I look forward to competing with them for a Patriot League Championship.”
Edwards was a two-time selection to the Seneca Valley Tip Off All-Tournament Team as a point guard, and also earned all-tournament team honors for her play at the Hampton Holiday Hoops Tournament in 2016.
Also a member of Hampton’s track and field team, Edwards was a WPIAL finalist for the 200-meters and a PIAA State Qualifier in the 1600-meter relay, while she also qualified for the US Track & Field Nationals in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes.