USC Aiken head women’s basketball coach Mike Brandt announced the additions of Stephanie Ball and Katelyn Grisillo, as the two join fall signee Emry Tsitouris for the upcoming 2014-15 season.
“Both of these players will contribute to our team,” Brandt said. “When you have 11 players returning, you look for the correct pieces to add to your roster and I feel these two will fit nicely. Both are good students and love the game of basketball.”
Ball’s a 5-foot-6 junior point guard from Fort Pierce, Florida. The Lincoln Park Academy graduate spent last year at Sante Fe Community College after attending Barry as a freshman. At Sante Fe CC, she averaged 10.7 points and 4.5 assists per contest. She also snagged 3.1 boards and led the squad with 2.6 steals a game, earning her first-team all-conference honors.
In high school, Ball was a first-team all-state selection as a senior and was selected to play in the FABC all-star game. A three-time all-area team honoree, Ball was a two-sport standout who was also named a three-time Defensive Player of the Year. She netted over 1,400 points and guided LPA to a 106-18 record en route to four consecutive district championships. Ball was also a two-time state medalist in the 4x800m and she graduated with honors.
“Stephanie is a combination point and shooting guard,” Brandt stated. “She played shooting guard throughout most of her career, yet last season she played the point and was very effective. When you are successful in the Florida JUCO league, you can definitely play the game.”
Grisillo is a 5-4 junior guard from Charleston. The Bishop England graduate spent the past two seasons at Presbyterian College. She played in 26 games over two seasons for the Blue Hose, connecting on 42.9 percent of her shots from the floor. Grisillo tallied her first career points against Georgia and dished out an assist at Duke. She helped PC earn a berth in the Women’s Basketball Invitational following the 2012-13 campaign. As a sophomore, she buried a shot and had an assist at Virginia Tech.
In high school, she was a three-year letterwinner and was a two-sport standout that also competed in track. As a senior, Grisillo was tabbed the South Carolina Class AA Player of the Year. She was a three-time all-state and all-region honoree.
“Katelyn is a true ‘pass-first’ point guard,” Brandt said. “She is able to get shooters and scorers the ball when they need it. She could be a very good floor general for us as she has great leadership qualities.”
Tsitouris wrapped up her high school career by accounting for 24 points and 15 rebounds a game while being named first-team all-Charlotte Observer.