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Tech Lands Maye

Georgia Tech lands the 32nd ranked senior in the nation

Updated: September 9, 2009, 12:07 AM ET
By Mindi Rice | HoopGurlz

Dawn MayeGlenn Nelson/ESPN.comDawnn Maye is taking her electric game to the ACC.

Dawnn Maye decided official visits weren't going to be part of her college decision.

After an unspecified family issue made traveling for the visits impractical, Maye slept on a decision and talked it over with her parents, then made a few calls Tuesday.

One of the calls was to a lucky recipient, MaChelle Joseph, who heard some good news: Maye was delivering her verbal commitment to the Georgia Tech program.

"I sort of had my mind made up," Maye said. "I feel like they're going to give me a chance to be the best I can be."

The 5-foot-8 point guard from Laudergill, Fla., took unofficial visits to Georgia Tech and Miami, which is less than an hour from her home. She also considered Rutgers and LSU, where Bianca Lutley, her Team Breakdown teammate, is starting her freshman season.

But the Yellows Jackets won Maye over, with a focus on school as well as the chance to contribute as soon as she begins her freshman season.

"(Georgia Tech) feels like a family," Maye said. "I really like coach (Joseph). ... She puts more of my education first and making sure I get my degree."

The hopeful music technology major led her Dillard Panthers to a 26-2 season a year ago, including three wins against Nova, Florida's 5A runner-up, which knocked out the Panthers in their fourth battle of the season, the regional semifinals. She spent the summer traveling with Team Breakdown.

"I think all along she was Georgia Tech's to lose," Team Breakdown coach Pat Gajardo said. "Obviously, as a coach, you want your players to take their visits, but she felt the unofficials were enough."

Maye joins Tyaunna Marshall, a guard from Upper Marlboro, Md., and No. 85 in the 2010 class, and Kendra Long, a guard from Atlanta, as Joseph's incoming 2010 class.

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Mindi Rice is a staff writer for ESPN HoopGurlz. She previously was an award-winning sportswriter at the Tacoma News Tribune and a barista at Starbucks, and grew up in Seattle, where she attended Roosevelt High School before graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism. She can be reached at mindi@hoopgurlz.com.