April 11, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women's basketball head coach Suzy Merchant announced on Wednesday that Aerial Powers (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Country Day) has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Spartan program for the 2012-13 season.
"Aerial is a special athlete that possesses a tremendous basketball skill set that will immediately impact our program," said Merchant. "She can change the game at both ends of the floor with her ability to defend and block shots, as well as create her own shot offensively. She is a perfect addition to an already talented freshman class. We are thrilled to be able to her reunite her with Madison Williams, and build on a chemistry that was started with their high school championships."
Powers, a 6-0 guard from Detroit Country Day, is a two-time Associated Press Class B Player of the Year. As a senior captain, she averaged 20.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 3.0 steals and 3.1 blocks per game, while shooting over 54% from the and 37% from behind the arc. Powers was named to the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News All-State Dream Teams this season, after being a first team all-state selection as a junior and a third team choice as a sophomore.
A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter, Powers helped lead Country Day to four regional championships, the 2009 Class B state championship and 2010 Class B runner-up finish. For her career, she averaged 17.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 3.1 steals and 2.5 blocks per game.
Powers is ranked No. 93 in the nation by Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and No. 97 nationally by ESPN's Hoopgurlz.
Powers joins Branndais Agee (Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical) and Mariah Harris (Springfield, Ohio/Kenton Ridge) to the incoming Spartan recruiting class. Agee and Harris signed NLIs in November.