Westover point guard DyTiesha Dunson signs with Florida Gulf Coast University on Monday as her grandmother , Mary Hampton, far left, mother, Malinda Ford, left, and brother Antonio Lane Jr. and AAU coach Tim Marshall, far right, join her in the Westover media center.
ALBANY — Westover girls basketball coach Lewis Smith could have spent an hour talking about his star DyTiesha Dunson, but he summed her up quickly.
“She led us in every single category last year, scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. The only thing she didn’t lead us in was turnovers.
“She dribbles the ball as well as anyone I’ve ever seen, boy or girl,’’ he added. Then Smith told a large group in the Westover media center what Dunson does best.
“She makes every player around her better. She makes the players look good, and she makes me look good.’’
That’s Dunson, arguably the best girls basketball player in Southwest Georgia.
She was all smiles Monday afternoon as she signed a letter of intent to accept a scholarship to Florida Gulf Coast University, a Division 1 school in Fort Myers, in front of her family, friends and teammates in the media center.
Smith said Dunson, who had several offers, wanted to sign early so she wouldn’t have the burden hanging over her during her senior season.
“This way she can just go out and play and not have to worry about where she is going to college or worry about getting injured.’’
Dunson averaged 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals a game, and ran the floor and the team as a savvy and talented point guard.
She is a Herald Super 6er player, an all-state guard and a three-time all-region player who led the Lady Patriots when she was a sophomore.
When games were on the line everyone at Westover wanted the ball in her hands. She took control of her future on Monday by signing early.
“I’m very happy,’’ Dunson said. “I’m happy to get it over with. Now I can play the season with no worries. I can just go out and have fun.’’
Dunson plans a double major in psychology and criminal justice, and he GPA is even more impressive than her numbers on the court.
Dunson is 13th in her graduating class and has a 4.22 GPA.
She had no doubt about choosing the Eagles.
“I made three visits,’’ said Dunson, who visited North Florida, south Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast. “I really liked it there. I like the coach and I liked the girls there. They are all very competitive.’’
“They want me to come there and do big things.’’