Alanna Micheaux, Wayne Memorial, Jr.
One of the most productive scorers in the state, she is a hot topic on the recruiting trail. The dominating, 6-foot-2 junior put up monstrous numbers with 26.4 points and 13.5 rebounds per game while leading her team to a 19-5 record and a district title. She has collected more than 40 college offers, including Big Ten interest.
Steve and Lori Prioleau didn’t think they had room.
The husband and wife team, who had long run Sugah — a basketball program for inner city girls based at St. Paul’s Martin Luther King Center — had a thriving program about six years ago and their roster for seventh-graders was already filled with girls looking to play.
“Then I saw her come into the gym,” Steve Prioleau recalled, harking back to the first time he saw Tamia Ugass, already topping 6 feet. “I saw her height. I said, ‘Um, I think we can find room.’ ”
“You can’t coach height,” Lori Prioleau added. “And she had that.”
Now a robust 6-3 senior at Roseville, Ugass, with he physical presence of a post with the dexterity of a point guard , is in the midst of a journey that once seemed impossible.
She’s averaging 20.4 points and 12 rebounds per game this season with Roseville (2-3 heading into Tuesday night's game), an increase of nearly six points over last year. After graduation — itself a significant achievement — she will head to the bayou with a basketball scholarship to LSU.