tar Heels Add Four In Signing Class

Nov. 12, 2008

CHAPEL HILL — The University of North Carolina women’s basketball program signed four high school seniors to National Letters of Intent, head coach Sylvia Hatchell announced Wednesday.

The four members of the class of 2013 are Krista Gross of Concord, N.C., Waltia Rolle of Nassau, Bahamas, Cierra Warren of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Nyree Williams of Ellicott City, Md.

Gross, who attends the Cannon School in Concord, N.C., is a 6-0 guard. She is a four-time all-state performer who has scored over 3,000 career points.

“Krista is the best senior in North Carolina,” Hatchell said. “She has tremendous versatility and can play all over the court. She can shoot the three and post you up, and she is a very accomplished student.”

The No. 23 senior in the country according to ESPNU HoopGurlz and the No. 7 shooting guard according to the All-Star Girls Report, Gross is a five-time all-conference performer at the Cannon School who averages 24 points and 14 rebounds per game. She is the daughter of Elton and Hannele Gross.

Rolle, who attends Westbury Christian School in Houston, Texas, is a 6-6 forward/center. A first-team TAPPS all-state performer and the District 4-5A Player of the Year as a junior, Rolle is ranked as the No. 9 post in the country by both ESPNU HoopGurlz and the All-Star Girls Report.

“Waltia has potential to be one of the best big athletic girls in the country,” Hatchell said. “She has only been playing basketball for four years and she continues to improve rapidly every day. She scores well around the basket and blocks shots with the best of them.”

One of the tallest premier seniors in the country this year, Rolle averaged 18.4 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 2.7 blocked shots per game as a junior at Westbury Christian. She is the daughter of Maxwell and Donna Rolle.

Warren, who attends Los Osos High in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is a 6-4 forward. Ranked No. 31 in the nation by ESPNU HoopGurlz, Warren averaged 22.1 points, 12.9 rebounds, 4.6 blocks per game as a junior.


“Cierra reminds me a great deal of Erlana Larkins,” Hatchell said. She is physical, a great passer and can play on both ends of the court. She is extremely talented around the basket.”Warren is a two-time Baseline League MVP for Los Osos, and one the No. 10 post in the nation according to All-Star Girls Report. She is the daughter of Margaret Warren.

Williams, who attends Howard High in Ellicott City, Md., is a 6-1 forward. The top shot-blocker in Howard County with 98 swats as a junior, Williams is rated as the No. 16 senior forward in the country by ESPNU HoopGurlz.

“Nyree is a multi-talented player that will play many positions for us and will really flourish in our system,” Hatchell said. “Nyree has a great work ethic and incredible athletic ability, and regularly dunks in workouts.”

A versatile defender who averaged over 12 rebounds and four steals per game as a junior, Williams also scored 17.8 points per game and reached the 1,000-point milestone for her career. She is the daughter of Adonaca Barrett and stepfather Raymond Barrett.

I had to show some love to Waltia…she’s a wildcat and thats big time signing with UNC.