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Pitt’s Jayla Everett Earns All-ACC Honor



Pitt's Jayla Everett drives to the basket against Wake Forest on Feb. 11, 2021 in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Mitchell Northam / Pittsburgh Sports Now)

In just one short season, Jayla Everett has already made her mark on the Pitt women’s basketball program.

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Tuesday morning that Everett had been tabbed to the All-ACC basketball team as an honorable mention. She was a consensus honorable mention selection, receiving votes from the league’s Blue Ribbon Panel and its head coaches.

Everett, who transferred into Pitt last offseason from New Mexico, is just the second Panther in program history to earn All-ACC honors, joining Brianna Kiesel, who made the First Team as a senior in 2015. It’s the second straight year Pitt has seen a player get recognized in the league’s annual awards, as Dayshanette Harris made the ACC’s All-Rookie team last year.

“I am thrilled that Jayla was selected to an All-ACC Team,” Pitt head coach Lance White said in a statement. “She has quickly established herself as one of the best players in the conference this season. Jayla is a fierce competitor and the sky is the limit for her here at Pitt.”

Everett is averaging 15.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per-game this season while shooting 35.5% from three-point range and 75% from the charity stripe. Pitt has relied heavily on Everett this season, as she ranks sixth among all ACC players in usage percentage with a 27.6% mark, according to HerHoopStats. Everett is ninth in the league in scoring and third in three-pointers made with 49.

A 5-foot-10 guard from St. Louis, Missouri, Everett was the Mountain West Freshman of the Year during her rookie campaign at New Mexico in the 2018-19 season. Beyond this season, she’ll have at least one more year of eligibility for the Panthers.

The ACC’s Player of the Year award went to Louisville’s Dana Evans for the second straight season. Syracuse’s Kamilla Cardoso and Notre Dame’s Maddy Westbeld shared Rookie of the Year honors, while Georgia Tech’s Nell Fortner and N.C. State’s Wes Moore split Coach of the Year nods. Cardoso and Georgia Tech’s Lorela Cubaj were named Co-Defensive Players of the Year, N.C. State’s Jada Boyd and Syracuse’s Emily Engstler were voted Co-Sixth Players of the Year and Georgia Tech’s Lotta-Maj Lahtinen was named Most Improved.

Pitt begins play in the ACC tournament on Wednesday, facing Boston College at 2 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. White and the Panthers are looking to win at least one game in the tourney for the second straight season.

Pittsburgh Sports Now’s Mitchell Northam and Alan Saunders vote as part of the ACC’s Blue-Ribbon women’s basketball panel.

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