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WVU’s Mike Carey Signs Two ESPN Top-100 Recruits, Four Overall During Early Signing Period

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On the first day of the early signing period for 2021, West Virginia women’s basketball coach Mike Carey signed four players, including two ESPN Top-100 recruits to WVU’s 2021 recruiting class.

Carey signed guards Emma Shumate, Wynter Rogers and Ja’Naiya “JJ” Quinerly and forward Messiah Hunter.

Shumate (6-foot-1) is the highest-ranked among the four. Rated as the 59th best recruit in the class by ESPN. She is from Dresden, Ohio where she played at Newark High School.

“Emma is an elite score that can score at all three levels,” Carey said in a release. “Her length, combined with her ability to make plays, sets her apart from other players at her position. I look forward to the toughness and competitiveness she brings our team and coaching her.”

ESPN also had Shumate as the no. 23 guard in this year’s class.

Hunter (6-foot-2) is the other player in ESPN’s top-100, coming in at no. 81. She is from Hopewell, Virginia and played last season for TPLS Christian Academy, averaging 17.7 points per game.

“Messiah is an elite athlete that has a mid-range, pull-up game that is hard to guard,” Carey said. “She elevates so well on her jump shot and has unlimited potential. She has the ability to play multiple positions for us, and I am excited to coach her.”

ESPN also had Hunter as the 33rd best guard in the country.

Quinerly (5-foot-8) is from Norfolk, Virginia, playing at Lake Taylor High School. As a sophomore, she averaged 20.3 points and 10 assists per game.

“JJ is a tough, skilled and competitive guard,” Carey said. “She can score the basketball at all three levels and has incredible passing vision and ball-handling skills. I look forward to coaching JJ. Her skillset, combined with her extreme toughness, makes her elite.”

ESPN had Quinerly as the 20th best point guard in the class.

Finally, Rogers (5-foot-11) is from Little Rock Arkansas, playing for Little Rock Academy. Through three prep seasons, Rogers has averaged 19 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.

“Wynter is a gritty and competitive perimeter player that can really score and exploit mismatches with her inside and outside game,” Carey said. “Her size, skillset and grit are what makes her so special. I am really looking forward to coaching Wynter.”

Rogers is the no. 14 wing in the class according to ESPN.

This year’s early signing period extends through next Wednesday, although there should not be much more noise from WVU women’s basketball as all four of its verbal commits have already signed.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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