Pitt got their third commitment for their 2022 class, as guard Avery “Ace” Strickland announced her decision to sign with the program in a tweet Monday night.
— Avery “Ace” Strickland (@acestrickland) April 25, 2022
Strickland, a 6-foot wing out of Farragut High School in Knoxville, T.N., originally committed to West Virginia back in December of 2020, but chose to decommit in January 2022. Just days later, Pitt head coach Lance White offered Strickland a scholarship.
Strickland joins Marley Washenitz as two players who decommitted from West Virginia and signed with Pitt. Washentiz decommited because she lost her scholarship due too many players retuning to the team for their fifth season.
A 2021 all-state selection, Strickland is a strong ball handler with a smooth jumper from just about everywhere on the floor. She excels at shooting off the dribble and also has the ability to drive past smaller defenders and finish in traffic at a high rate.
Go check out my some of my senior szn highlights!⚓️💙 – https://t.co/AStg2GTsEW
— Avery “Ace” Strickland (@acestrickland) January 22, 2022
The signing of Strickland isn’t too much of a surprise for Pitt. After Washenitz committed there, Strickland showed support and potentially hinted at joining her on the Panthers.
Yes Marley!!!💙💙 https://t.co/tPa4shjIjg
— Avery “Ace” Strickland (@acestrickland) March 27, 2022
With the Strickland’s commitment, Pitt now has three players in their 2022 class, with Washenitz and local, Chartiers-Valley guard Aislin Malcolm, who is a top 100 player in the ESPN HoopGurlz recruiting rankings.
The current roster with Strickland’s commitment gives the Panthers 12 players for next season, with the transfers of center Rita Igbokwe and forward Tracey Hueston factored in after last season’s conclusion. The Panthers have three forwards, seven guards and now two guard/forwards in Strickland and incoming sophomore Maliyah Johnson.