Lady Raiders sign three standout prep stars

MTSU didn’t have to look far to find a standout post player.

Lebanon’s Meioshe Mason, a 6-foot-4 center signed with the Lady Raiders on Wednesday, along with Lanae Riley (6-2 forward from Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, Ohio) and Ta’Mia Scott (6-foot guard at Clarksville Northwest High School.

“This is a great day for Middle Tennessee women’s basketball,” MTSU coach Rick Insell said. “We are adding three outstanding young ladies and their families to our Blue Raider family. I want to thank our staff for the hard work and dedication they put in to making sure this class came together the way it did.”

Coupled with last year’s highly-touted class that included five prep signees, Insell said it may be well be the best back-to-back classes in his 17 years leading the program.

“I don’t know that we have had back-to-back classes this talented with young ladies who can come in and make an immediate impact,” Insell said. “It may be the best back-to-back classes we have had in my tenure here. Adding these three freshmen with the five we signed last year, we have a youthful roster that is very talented.”

Mason helped lead Lebanon to a TSSAA Class AAA runner-up finish last year, averaging almost nine points and seven rebounds per game.

“We are very excited about (Mason) and what her future looks like,” Insell said. “Getting a local player from a solid high school program was very important to us. She plays with a lot of aggression and has an ability to be a dominant post player long term. She provides a physical low block presence.”

Added Lebanon coach Cory Barrett: “Middle Tennessee is a great place for Meioshe. She’s put in the work and I think her best basketball is ahead of her.”

Riley is a dominant player at highly-regarded Archbishop Hoban. The combo forward averaged 22 points, nine rebounds and two steals per game. She was an All-Ohio first team All-State selection and was named to the Akron Beacon Best of Greater Akron All-Star team.

“(Riley) is an elite level combo forward who can play multiple positions,” Insell said. “She can play out on the floor, facing the basket or with her back to the basket. She has an ability to score the basketball many ways whether it be shooting the 3, driving to the rim or posting up and scoring around the basket. She has great vision, runs the floor like a guard, and has great passing ability. She just does all of the little things well.

“Her game reminds us of (Lady Raider great) Ebony Rowe when Ebony was coming out of high school. We are very excited about her.”

Scott led Northwest High School to a 25-4 record as a junior last season while averaging 20.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game.

Scott, who plays travel basketball for Tennessee Flight in the EYBL, was also named All-Tournament at two of the most prestigious summer tournaments in the nation — the Run for the Roses and Battle of the ‘Boro.

“(Scott) is an elite level perimeter player with great size who can play the 1, 2 or 3,” Insell said. “She has great length and is a three-way scorer who can score the ball in so many ways. (Scott) has a big, big future.”