NORMAL — A point guard? Yes. A prolific scorer? Certainly. A solid defender? Affirmative.
Illinois State women's basketball coach Kristen Gillespie believes she has a well-rounded player and a "really dynamic, extremely athletic" addition to her team with the signing of Ladellia "TeTe" Maggett to a national letter of intent.
“TeTe is going to give us a lot of versatility on our perimeter. She is a scoring point guard with tremendous vision," Gillespie said of the Vincennes University transfer. "She's going to be a big piece to what we're doing. You don't see a lot of guards with her skill set in the (Missouri) Valley.”
Maggett earned second-team junior college All-American honors by averaging 20.0 points, 6.0 assists, 4.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds while leading Vincennes to a 25-7 record.
While committing to sign with the Redbirds last month, Maggett said she chose ISU over former Missouri Valley Conference rival Wichita State. She has two years of eligibility remaining.
"She has the ability to break down people off the dribble," said Gillespie. "She can score herself and create shots for others. She can shoot the three. She is a kid you have to guard."
The ISU coach believes Maggett and returning point guard Paige Saylor can and will be in the lineup at the same time. As a true freshman, Saylor led the MVC in average minutes played (37.9) and steals (2.4) while landing spots on the league's All-Defensive and All-Freshman teams.
"Paige is pretty darn good. She is excited to play with TeTe," Gillespie said. "We knew we needed point guard depth. That gives us two really good defenders. We will have more depth and be able to do more things."
Maggett is a graduate of Zion-Benton, the same high school that produced former ISU women's player Octavia Crump and current men's player Milik Yarbrough.
Gillespie also has five freshmen starting their Redbird careers this fall in Kayel Newland, Ally Gietzel, Lexy Koudelka, Anya Brooks and Mary Crompton. None are considered primarily a point guard.
The ISU coach may not be done adding to her 2018-19 roster. "We may be involved with one other transfer," Gillespie said.