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West's Staiti makes early commitment to Maryland
West Forsyth rising sophomore Jenna Staiti (23) committed to the University of Maryland after visiting the school this summer. Everything was amazing, Staiti said. - photo by File photo

Jenna Staiti couldn’t be happier with her decision.

The 6-foot-5 West Forsyth center and rising sophomore committed to play basketball for the University of Maryland on Wednesday. Staiti averaged 22.5 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks per game as a freshman last season.

"[Maryland] came to all of my AAU games," Staiti said. "They had a camp and I decided that I’d go to it because I was interested to see who they were since they kept coming to my games. I looked it up and was [shocked] that they’re top-10 in the country. I thought that was crazy.

"I went there and everything was perfect. The coaches, the staff, the players, everything was amazing and I didn’t think I could get any better than that."

West head coach David May said Staiti’s impact on games is probably what excited the Maryland coaching staff.

"I guess in terms of her skill level, she’s just a player that a lot of other teams do not have," May said. "Her size and her skill level and her potential and ability gives us an advantage going [against] other teams because of her size and what she can do scoring the basketball."

Despite Staiti being a rising sophomore, May said Maryland had kept in close contact with Staiti and watched her develop throughout the season.

"She was kind of on [Maryland’s] watch list, in that they were paying attention to her throughout the season," May said. "They saw her last summer and they thought [she] was someone they should keep an eye on, so they came back and watched a little bit during the season and then watched her in the spring at AAU and showcase events and she went to [Maryland’s] elite camp and they offered her at their elite camp. So, it’s been about a year, but they’ve seen her progress and grow as a player and they liked what they saw."