NORMAL — Moving from eight wins the previous year to 14 in Coach Kristen Gillespie’s first season as Illinois State women’s basketball coach caught the eye of Ladellia Maggett.
So much so that the second-team junior college All-American has decided to help the Redbirds shoot for even more improvement in the coming season.
The 5-foot-9 Maggett, who averaged 20.0 points last season at Vincennes University, has committed to sign a national letter of intent with the Redbirds.
“I believe they’ve got a pretty good coaching staff. I connected well with them,” said Maggett. “I like the campus and the arena is really big. Everybody I met was pretty cool. That played a big role in it.”
Maggett led Vincennes to a 25-7 record by contributing 6.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 3.5 rebounds per game to go with a scoring mark that ranked 12th nationally.
The graduate of Zion-Benton High School will have two years of eligibility at ISU.
Maggett, who goes by the nickname “TeTe,” also had scholarship offers from Wichita State and Memphis.
“I’ve been a point guard my whole life,” Maggett said. “I’m really good at attacking the basket off the dribble. I’m kind of shifty. My angles are good. Sometimes I can get pretty deep shooting the 3 ball.”
Maggett shot 49.3 percent from the field, 32.7 percent from 3-point range and 70.7 percent at the free throw line during her sophomore season at Vincennes.
Another plus Illinois State had going for it in her recruitment, according to Maggett, was the presence of a friend from Zion-Benton, Redbird men’s basketball player Milik Yarbrough.
NCAA rules prohibit Gillespie from commenting on recruits until a letter of intent is signed.