Milford Mill junior Dionna White, a three-time All-Metro first-team combo guard, has committed to play for Georgetown.
In March, White led the No. 3 Millers to their first state title since 2008 and the best record in school history, 26-1. Combining exceptional athleticism with uncanny basketball instincts, she averaged 21 points, 6.5 assists and 8.7 rebounds.
Milford Mill coach DeToiya McAliley said Georgetown coach Natasha Adair, who took over the Hoyas in April, was the first coach to extended White a written scholarship offer. At the time, Adair was coaching at the College of Charleston.
McAliley said White, with her speed and split-second decision making, fits nicely into Adair's up-tempo style of play.
"They play almost the same style we do, the running offense, looking for someone who can carry the ball up and get it to the people who need to have the basketball," McAliley said. "Of course it's going to be a college-style version of what we do. It'll be more refined, more disciplined, more structured and all the things that college brings."
McAliley credits White with being the key player in the Millers' recent resurgence. Since she arrived, the Millers have gone 74-5. In her freshman year, they fininshed 25-1. She then became the first freshman to make the All-Metro first team since her cousin, Institute of Notre Dame's Chandrea Jones, in 2002.
With 1,436 points through her first three years, she's on pace to break the school scoring record. She is also ranked No. 6 in her class with a 3.87 GPA.
"She wants to be closer to home," McAliley said of White's choice to play at Georgetown, "and also the education. She and her parents put education first. She want's to take up business. At Milford, that's her magnet and Georgetown is a big-time school with business education, MBA, things like that."
At Georgetown, White will join her former AAU teammate Dyzhanay Burton, a City graduate who had signed with the College of Charleston but was granted a release because of the coaching change and followed Adair to the Hoyas.
The Hoyas have two other local connections in a pair of St. Frances graduates, assistant coach Melba Chambers, who accompanied Adair to Georgetown, and sophomore guard Tyshell King.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun