Maryland women’s basketball head coach Brenda Frese is not shy about her passion and excitement for her program, and newly committed guard Shyanne Sellers got first-hand experience when she let her future coach know of her decision to become a Terp this past Sunday.
“Coach Frese screamed in my ear,” Sellers told Testudo Times.
The excitement is warranted, as Sellers ranks as the No. 12 guard and No. 34 prospect overall in the 2021 class, according to ESPN.
“I had planned on announcing [Sunday].” Sellers said. “I had meeting with my parents and AAU coach, Carlos, and we talked things out and Maryland ended up being my final decision.”
Frese and her staff always aim to be a few steps ahead during the recruiting process, and it was no different when building that relationship with Sellers.
“I wanna say Maryland offered me in 8th or 9th grade — it was early for sure,” Sellers said. “The relationship grew by first me calling Coach Frese, and then my junior year when they could start calling me, we talked regularly.”
Talking turned to visits as Sellers and those in her circle made a few unofficial visits to College Park, and she was in town on Jan. 26 as the Terps handled Northwestern 70-61.
“The game day experience was awesome,” Sellers said. “The fans were engaged and loud. The team was playing together and getting their groove.”
Sellers also sought advice from fellow Ohioan Taylor Mikesell and freshman Faith Masonius during the process, which she said was positive and expected.
At 6’2 as a junior, Sellers will provide interesting versatility for the Terps when she reaches College Park. Talk between Sellers and the coaching staff has involved being able to move around between point guard, shooting guard and even the wing position.
“I would say I facilitate the ball well, I can score at all three levels, play solid defense and have tons of energy,” Sellers said about her game on the court.
As a junior, Sellers earned Division I OPSWA All-Ohio First-Team honors after averaging 21 points per game. But she doesn’t not view that as her only strength.
“I don’t only score,” Sellers said. “I create steals, I rebound and I create plays for my teammates.”
Watching the Maryland defense force a program-record 404 steals this season also enticed Sellers, whose energy and work ethic will likely fit right in.
With her decision under her belt, Sellers is now able to focus in on her play. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, she has a plan to remain on the right path.
“I have a at home weight room and hoop, so I’ll be using those to get better in the meantime,” Sellers said.