High School: Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, VA)
Recruiting Status: Verbally committed to NC State
Recruiting Summary for Aziaha James
February 2018: article (see below) reported offers from James Madison and Old Dominion
offers in 2019:
- April: Clemson, Virginia Tech
- May: Auburn, Boston College, Florida, Minnesota, Pitt, Rutgers, Virginia
- July: Florida State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, West Virginia
- September: Arizona, Temple
April 15, 2020: announced top ten: Arizona, Auburn, Boston College, Clemson, Florida, NC State, Pitt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia
April 24, 2020: narrowed list to five: Arizona, Florida, Mississippi State, NC State, and Pitt
May 30, 2020: committed to NC State
Princess Anne’s Aziaha James persevered, became the All-Tidewater Girls Basketball Player of the Year (Newport News (VA) Daily Press, 3/20/2020)
She was a terror on the glass at both ends, with 103 of her 228 rebounds (8.8 per game) coming on the offensive end. Her 4.8 steals per game were only a fraction less than the 4.9 of teammate Jasha Clinton — the Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year.
“I’m happy for her, that’s for sure, and I know her team is happy for her,” Dozier said of James. “The kid played all five positions for us this year.
“We didn’t have a center for half of the year (because of starter Michelle Ojo’s injuries) and she stepped up and played center for us. We relied on her shooting and her ability to do other things good.”
Aziaha James plays the game of her life, honoring her late brother in Princess Anne’s victory (Virginian-Pilot, 3/6/2020)
Aziaha James ended the most painful week of her life by playing the game of her life.
She had to, she said, for her brother, Ashley (AJ) James, killed Monday in an accidental shooting.
From the layup she scored on a pass from Jasha Clinton for the first points of the game, to the baseline jumper she swished at the final buzzer, James honored her brother with 32 minutes of basketball excellence.
The final basket gave her a career-high 41 points in six-time defending state champion Princess Anne’s 91-48 victory over Henrico in the Class 5 state quarterfinals on Friday at Norfolk State University’s Echols Hall.
Aziaha James waited for her turn at Princess Anne. Now, she’s the All-Tidewater Player of the Year. (Virginian-Pilot, 3/30/2019)
“This year she came back with a whole new attitude,” [Princess Anne girls basketball coach Darnell Dozier] said. “She was ready to play and knew what to do and how to handle herself. And some nights, I think she can score 40 but that’s not the way our program goes because we have other people who can score . . . But she’s on a good team and what she’s learned is unity; how to play with other kids that are good. That’s going to prepare her for the next level in college.”
James brother-sister basketball duo turning heads in the Beach District (Virginian-Pilot, 2/1/2018)
“Once she gets used to getting bumped around, I think she will be one of the best players in the state of Virginia,” Dozier said of Aziaha, who already has scholarship offers from James Madison and Old Dominion, and interest from Maryland, Wake Forest, Clemson, North Carolina and Florida.
Goes through the legs into a nice step back three…Beautiful lefty stroke…Doesn’t stop moving on the court…Active with and without the ball…Some size on the perimeter.
Blue Star, 7/19/2019
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