The App State women’s basketball staff is excited to announce the 2021 signing class.
The Mountaineers bring in four commits from North Carolina and Virginia in Emily Carver (Asheville, N.C./Enka), Adair Garrison (Morganton, N.C./Freedom), Mariah Frazier (Whitsett, N.C./Dudley), and Zada Porter (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring).
“It is with great excitement that we officially welcome the class of 2021 to our Appalachian State family,” head coach Angel Elderkin said. “This class has built a special relationship with our coaching staff, as they were identified early in the process as future Mountaineers. Each player brings a unique versatility to the basketball court that will impact the depth of our program. Most of all, these ladies have character and core values to continue to elevate our culture on the court, in the classroom and the community.”
Emily Carver | 5-10 | Guard | Asheville, N.C. | Enka High School
Carver, one of the top guards in the state, has enjoyed a decorated high school. The 2021 signee plays under head coach Kyle Reagan as a three-year letterwinner. She is the school’s all-time leading scorer with more than 1,700 career points. Carver is coming off a season in which she averaged 26.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game. Her all-around numbers led to being named the Western Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year, the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association’s District 12 Player of the Year and to the NCBCA All-State Second Team. Carver was named all-conference three straight years while winning District Player of the Year honors three consecutive years. She owns the school record for 3-pointers made in a game with 11. Also, she was named the KSA Tourney MVP and the Coaches vs. Cancer MVP. Carver averaged 20.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, and 3.7 apg on her travel team, Kentucky Premier. Born on March 19, 2003, Emily is the daughter of Brian and Darlene Carver. She has two siblings. Her hobbies include playing volleyball and intends to major in health science.
Coach Elderkin on Carver
“Emily is one of the top guards in the state of North Carolina, and we are so excited for her to join our program. Our relationship with Emily started when she was in the eighth grade and it was awesome to watch her evolution. She will bring toughness to our program, along with her ability to score the basketball with range.”
Adair Garrison | 6-0 | Forward | Morganton, N.C. | Freedom High School
Under Amber Reddick at Freedom High School, Garrison is averaging 12 points, nine rebounds, 2.0 steals, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 assists in three seasons. She earned all-conference all three years and made the all-district team back-to-back seasons. In her sophomore year, she was named the Coaches vs. Cancer Preseason Invitational MVP and made the All-Christmas Tournament Team her junior campaign. While playing her travel ball for the Greensboro Lady Gaters, Garrison averaged a double-double of 11.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals. Born on Nov. 1, 2002, Garrison is the daughter of Ryan and Emily Garrison. She has three siblings. Her hobby includes photography, while her mom played basketball at Wingate. She plans to major in exercise science when she arrives on campus. Garrison is also a fourth-generation Mountaineer.
Coach Elderkin on Adair Garrison
“We are excited to officially welcome Adair Garrison to our Mountaineer family. Adair is a local talent, and it was important for us to keep her close to home. Her versatility to play around the rim and stretch the defense with her shooting ability will make an immediate impact for our program.”
Zada Porter | 5-10 | Guard | Roanoke, Va. | Cave Spring High School
In three seasons at Cave Spring High School under Jessica Ficarro, Porter has put forth a solid high school career thus far. She landed on the All-District First Team all three years. After averaging turning in all-around numbers her junior campaign of 21 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 3.8 steals and 1.2 blocks per game, she garnered the River Ridge District Player of the Year award, was named Second-Team All-State and to the All-Timesland Team. Porter earned team MVP honors and was named the team captain in her sophomore, junior and senior years. She holds the school record for most points in a game (38), steals (12) and most assists in a game (15). Porter played her travel ball for the Lady Copperheads under Danielle Montgomery. Born on March 15, 2003, Porter is the daughter of George and Beth Porter. She has three siblings. Her father played baseball at Alcorn State.
Coach Elderkin Zada Porter
“Our recruiting process started early with Zada and her family, and today is an exciting day to have her join our Appalachian State family. Zada is a dynamic guard with great length and the ability to score the ball on all three levels. Her infectious personality is one that will not only impact our program but the entire Appalachian community.”
Mariah Frazier | 6-0 | Guard | Whitsett, N.C. | Dudley High School
Frazier was named all-conference all three years while averaging 14.0 points, 8.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals and one block shot per game. Her numbers also led to a First-Team All-Metro honor. Her defensive numbers led to a Defensive Player of the Year award. Born on July 9, 2003, Mariah is the daughter of Yashima and Laketha Frazier. She has two siblings. Her hobbies include baking, playing the piano, running, hairstyling and watching movies. She plans to major in business and attend law school after college.
Coach Elderkin on Mariah Frazier
“Mariah is an exceptional athlete with the ability to impact the game on both sides of the ball. Watching Mariah at a young age, she stood out because of her aggressive defensive style of play. Her relentless work ethic has contributed to her development offensively and defensively.”