Aja Ellison, sophomore, forward, No. 0
Stats: 17 games, 4 mpg, 0.9 ppg, 0.9 rpg.
High School: Life Center Academy
Hometown: Voorhees, N.J.
How'd She Get to College Park?
Ellison says she came to Maryland because it had "everything she could want in a school." (She's in the school's broadcast journalism program.) She was the No. 45 overall player in the class of 2014 according to the All-Star Girls Report and No. 59 by Blue Star, and Maryland recruited her as one of the top players in New Jersey. She played limited minutes as a freshman for Brenda Frese's team.
Ellison had an important rebound to help seal a win over Nebraska last season.
Ellison sees a minutes increase and finds a major role in a frontcourt that also features five-star freshmen Kiah Gillespie and Brianna Fraser, as well as veterans Malina Howard and Tierney Pfirman.
It's hard to say. Ellison has a significant recruiting pedigree and a lot of talent, but Maryland has both seniors and freshmen with a lot of experience and ability at the forward positions. She's not going to spend much time on the perimeter (she didn't try a three-pointer last year), but she could find space to operate around the basket.
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