Tianna Hawkins' final list of schools wasn't too typical for a high-major women's basketball recruit.
Maryland made sense for the 6-foot-3 power forward from Riverdale Baptist. But George Washington and Delaware State?
"Well the only other schools I considered were George Washington and Delaware State because they were both local and they weren't that far from home," Hawkins said. "If I wanted to go far, there were other schools I could've chosen."
Hawkins wanted to remain close to her mother, Latanya Hawkins, and twin sister Tierra, a standout forward for Riverdale Baptist who will graduate in 2010. The Terps pulled ahead of the Colonials and Hornets late last spring.
"My friend was graduating [from C.H. Flowers High School] at Comcast Center," Hawkins said. "My mom didn't even know I was going to do it. I went into the women's basketball office and I told them I wanted to verbally commit."
Needless to say, Hawkins' choice pleased Latanya and Tierra.
"They were very happy," Hawkins said. "They thought it was the best place for me."
Here's an introduction to Hawkins.
Name: Tianna Hawkins
Birthdate: March 2, 1991
Birthplace: Washington D.C.
Nickname: Big Twin
Position: Power forward
High School: Riverdale Baptist
Senior statistics: 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks
Other schools considered: George Washington or Delaware State