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Maryland women's basketball profiles in Terpage: Kiah Gillespie

The essentials on one of two freshman five-star forwards on Maryland's roster.

Kiah Gillespie at Maryland's basketball media day on Oct. 20.
Kiah Gillespie at Maryland's basketball media day on Oct. 20.
Brian Kapur

Kiah Gillespie, freshman, forward, No. 1

High School Stats: As a senior, 31.2 points, 16.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.7 steals and 2.5 blocks per game.

Height: 6'2

Twitter: @Kiah15Gillespie

High School: Capital Prep Magnet

Hometown: Meriden, Conn.

How'd She Get to College Park?

Gillespie had dozens of Division I offers, and she was being recruited by Connecticut at the time she committed to Maryland a little more than a year ago. She's the highest-rated player to come out of Connecticut in years. Gillespie was a consensus top-30 player nationally and pairs with fellow freshman Brianna Fraser to give the Terps two five-star rookies at the forward position.

Dream Season

Gillespie earns a starting spot, keeps it all year, averages near a double-double and emerges quickly as one of Maryland's best players. The Terps win a national title, and Gillespie is set up as a leader for the next three years.

2015-16 Prospectus

Gillespie is likely to play a lot, though it's not obvious she'll start from the onset. She can shoot three-pointers and score inside, so she'll find room to work in Maryland's offense. With guards Laurin Mincy and Lexie Brown gone, Maryland needs a jump in frontcourt production this year, and Gillespie is well-positioned to supply it.

Further reading

Our feature on Gillespie.

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