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DARTON NOTEBOOK: Lady Cavs hoops adds another former D-I player to stellar recruiting class; ex-Darton softball coach hired by Division I Virginia

New Darton commit and former Auburn signee Cedricka Sweeting, a rising sophomore who played prep ball at South Broward High School in Florida, was one of the nations top point guards coming out of high school in 2012 and was part of the Bahamas national team that won a gold medal in the Junior Olympics in 2008.

New Darton commit and former Auburn signee Cedricka Sweeting, a rising sophomore who played prep ball at South Broward High School in Florida, was one of the nations top point guards coming out of high school in 2012 and was part of the Bahamas national team that won a gold medal in the Junior Olympics in 2008.

ALBANY — The 2013-14 Darton women's basketball team is beginning to look like an All-Star squad.

A week after announcing the signings of three top recruits, Lady Cavs coach Lea Henry told The Herald on Wednesday that she received a commitment from point guard Cedricka Sweeting, who is transferring from Auburn University.

Sweeting, a rising sophomore who played prep ball at South Broward High School in Florida, was one of the nations top point guards coming out of high school in 2012 and was part of the Bahamas national team that won a gold medal in the Junior Olympics in 2008.

Henry said Sweeting was growing increasingly frustrated with her role at Auburn, where she averaged just 0.7 points per game and appeared in a little more than half of the team's contests her freshman year.

So instead of sitting out a year waiting to transfer to another Division I school, Sweeting will play one season at the junior college level alongside fellow Darton recruit and longtime friend Shanae Armbrister, a former UGA commit and Top 10-ranked shooting guard in the nation in the Class of 2013 who has committed to the Lady Cavs.

“(Sweeting) is fast and a true point guard with the mentality to run the team,” Henry said. “She is a well-rounded player and a really good defender.”

Sweeting's commitment now gives Darton four new players with Division I talent, including former Lee County star and Alabama State transfer DaQuenna Moore and B'Kiya Webb, a transfer from UNC Wilmington who was one of the top prep players in Alabama last season.

“We definitely are going to have some good talent next year, but we are going to have to play together as a team,” said Henry, who guided the Lady Cavs to a school-record 30 wins last season and took the team to their first NJCAA national tournament in more than a decade. “They will have to accept their roles and learn how to blend together and form chemistry.”

MOVIN' ON UP: Former Darton softball coach Blake Miller accepted a head coaching position at the University of Virginia this week.

The announcement is just the latest rise in the coaching ranks for Miller, who led the Lady Cavs for two years, including 2006 when he took the team to the NJCAA World Series.

In his two seasons at Darton, Miller had a 64-44 record and guided the Lady Cavs to their first Region XVII championship. Prior to accepting the position at Virginia, Miller was the head coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville for two seasons and an assistant coach at Oregon for three years.

“This is an exciting time for my family and me being welcomed into Charlottesville and at an institution steeped in a strong tradition of academic and athletic excellence," Miller said. “I'm looking forward to getting to work and bringing my version of speed and aggressiveness to the Virginia softball program and to leading the Cavaliers to national prominence.”