DENTON - North Texas Women's Basketball Head Coach Jalie Mitchell
has pieced together her most heralded signing class since taking over the Mean Green in 2015. UNT picked up six solid commits for the 2019-20 year as Ashley Bowen, N'Yah Boyd, Jazion Jackson, Destinee McDowell, Keira Neal, and Randi Thompson sent over their National Letters of Intent to confirm their commitment to the Mean Green to complete the No. 1-ranked class within Conference USA per the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
"It is a great day for the Mean Green as we sign one of the best classes to ever come through Denton," Mitchell said. "It is a very balanced class as we are losing a player in almost every position after this season. Our hashtag for this group of young women is #TAKEFL19HT because we feel they are ready to soar and make an immediate impact on our program. Fans, get ready! Exciting times are ahead with this tough, driven & competitive bunch. They are winners who will help us become champions."
Ashley Bowen | 6-3 Center | Byron P. Steele High School
Bowen enters her first year at B.P Steele High following a standout three-year career at Mesa Ridge High in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At Mesa Ridge, Bowen was a First Team All-State selection her sophomore and junior seasons and earned honorable mention as a freshman. In three seasons, Bowen's teams compiled a record of 68-11 while advancing to the elite eight her first two years and making a final four appearance last season.
In 2017-18, Bowen averaged a double-double of 12.8 points and 10.9 rebounds while also adding 3.5 blocks.
What coaches are saying about Bowen
"Ashley Bowen gives us strength, depth and more size inside as we strive to continue to get stronger at every position. She has an impressive IQ, which shows up in the way she communicates, in her passing and in the many ways she scores. She can own the block and even stretch the defense out to the three-point line. She is an excellent teammate and is willing to do whatever it takes to help her team win."
Ray Caldwell (San Antonio's Finest AAU):
"Ashley Bowen has the potential to be an impact player. Her ability to protect the paint and be a productive post presence for us elevated our program to another level. A high character person, Ashley embodies the attributes that Coach Mitchell and her program are known to look for in players."
Jeffery Chatman (Byron P. Steele High School):
"Ashley Bowen is one of the finest young ladies I have ever coached. She is everything you want in a student-athlete. She truly embraces anything asked of her and the Lady Knights are truly better because of her. Ashley will do great things in every facet of her life. She will be someone to watch for many years to come, so get your popcorn ready…"
N'Yah Boyd | 5-7 Guard | Mesquite Horn High School
Boyd has led Mesquite Horn to three Bi-District and two Area Championships while being named All-District, District MVP, and District Newcomer of the Year. As a sophomore, Boyd was selected to the All-DFW Area Team, TABC All-Region, and TGCA
All-State. Last season, she averaged 14.2 points, four assists, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.8 steals.
What coaches are saying about Boyd
"N'Yah Boyd is the prototype point guard...a dynamic, fast and trusted facilitator with the ability to score in many ways. Her passing ability is my favorite part of her game, as she is able to see things many others don't and deliver extremely well. She will undoubtedly make plays that get the fans on their feet and challenge the all-time assist record in the process."
Corey Hegwood (DFW Elite AAU)
"N'yah Boyd is one of the most dynamic scorers I've had a chance to coach. She's always smiling, just a very happy young lady. I'm looking forward to her having an outstanding college experience at North Texas."
Whitney Young (Mesquite Horn High School)
"We are so excited that N'Yah gets to continue her playing career at the University of North Texas. We will truly miss getting to watch her magician-like ball handling skills, clutch late game plays, and her magnetic personality on display here at Horn High School. We are going to enjoy our time with her in her last high school season. While she will change her jersey color to Mean Green next year, she will be a Lady Jag for life."
Jazion Jackson | 5-8 Guard | Dallas Skyline High School
Jackson began her prep career at Bryan Adams where she was the Newcomer of the Year as a freshman. Last season at Skyline, Jackson was honored as the District Offensive Player of the Year and was a TABC All-Region selection after posting averages of 14.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.1 steals, and two assists.
What coaches are saying about Jackson
"Jazion Jackson is a very savvy guard who works hard to be one of the best. She has a winning mindset and has consistently developed all facets of her game to remove any holes. I love her approach and the chip she plays with. Her hunger for greatness will only propel us forward in our quest for championships."
Earl Rooks (Lady Pro Skills AAU)
"Jazion is an absolute competitor. She values team and winning over everything else. I'm excited to see her flourish at the next level at UNT."
Melonie Hopson (Dallas Skyline)
"Jazion is one of the hardest working, most passionate players we've had here at Skyline during my tenure. Her game on the court should be a smooth transition to the collegiate level. She is a young women of character and her future is as bright as they come."
Destinee McDowell | 6-0 Forward | Cedar Hill High School
McDowell played three years at Trimble Tech High School in Fort Worth before heading to Cedar Hill for her senior season. At Trimble Tech, McDowell was the District Defensive MVP as a sophomore and the District MVP as a junior. Last season, she posted all-around averages of 12.5 points, eight rebounds, 3.1 steals, 2.5 assists, and 1.6 blocks.
What coaches are saying about McDowell
"Destinee McDowell is a very skilled forward that is equipped with an all-around game, including the ability to finish in multiple ways. She is a worker in every sense of the word and will always be involved when it's time to make a play. She brings versatility and size that we can use inside and out. I love her rebounding ability and the confidence she has in initiating the transition game which fits so well with the way we play."
Reginald Randle (Lady Jets AAU)
"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up. Destinee is a hard worker on and off the court."
Nicole Collins (Cedar Hill High School)
"Destinee is definitely a force to be reckoned with on the court. Her size and athleticism contribute to a versatility that allows her to affect both ends of the floor. She can push the ball, has a nice midrange jumper, is highly effective on the boards, and can guard multiple positions. But it is her passing ability that I think goes unnoticed by many but is one of her greatest attributes. And with the way the game has transitioned, she will be a key factor in the future for UNT's success."
Keira Neal | 5-9 Guard | Sante Fe High School (Okla.)
A two-time MVP, Neal hails from Edmond, Oklahoma, where she is an elite defender for the Wolves. As a junior, she averaged eight points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 2.6 steals while leading her team to the state semifinals. Last season, Neal made the Oklahoman's Big All-City roster as an honorable mention and was the Sapulpa Tournament MVP.
What coaches are saying about Neal
"Keira Neal is a defensive guru. She can guard anybody for 94 feet. Her passion and heart are on display every single second you watch her. She can create opportunities for herself and for her teammates, finishing and delivering with the best of them. She is strong, determined, and can excel in anything she puts her mind to. She is the lone out-of-state signee, but we will welcome her to North Texas with open arms!"
Paul Bass (Sante Fe High School)
"Keira Neal is a wonderful person and player to work with. She is an incredibly talented young lady and can defend anyone. Her senior year should be awesome. She can play about any position. She is a great offensive player and hard to guard."
Latesha Woods (Lion's Elite AAU)
"Keira has proven herself to a lot of people and really put The Lion in Lions Elite. She is truly Lion hearted."
Randi Thompson | 5-10 Guard | Frisco Liberty High School
Thompson will join the Mean Green from Frisco Liberty High where she is a two-time All-District selection. As a freshman, Thompson played a vital role in the Redhawks state tournament appearance and was awarded Second Team All-District as the team finished with a record of 32-6. As a junior, Liberty advanced into the fourth round of the playoffs, and Thompson was named First-Team All-District.
What coaches are saying about Thompson
"Randi Thompson is a capable and confident scorer whose love for the game is obvious in the way that she plays it. She has a knack for making the right play at the right time on either end of the floor and her leadership ability is well beyond her years. Randi's work ethic is second to none, and it will pay dividends for her college career."
Ashley Jones (Lady Pro Skills AAU):
"Randi is the definition of relentless on both ends of the court. Her work ethic, determination, and pure love for the game makes her beyond special. Randi is an exceptional young lady on and off the court. She will be fun to watch at the next level."
Ross Reedy (Frisco Liberty High School):
"I have never seen someone experience the kind of personal growth Randi has shown over the time she's been at Liberty. Considering the adversity life has thrown at her makes it all the more amazing. Aside from being as good a talent as I have ever coached, it's her traits that transcend basketball that wow me the most. Smart, athletic, persistent, and passionate are all attributes of hers. However, her compassion for others and love for her teammates stand out the most. Fair, encouraging, straight-forward, and never petty, Randi has the admirable character that many adults, and even leaders in our society, never possess. Great basketball player. Better person."