ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The back-to-back Big South Conference Champion UNC Asheville women's basketball staff and head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick announced Monday the signing of a fifth member to the incoming recruiting class. Tamiah Lewis out of Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross, Ga., signed her letter of intent at a ceremony held at her high school Monday afternoon.
"We are really excited about Tamiah Lewis joining our family," Coach Mock said. "We knew from the moment we met her that she would be a great fit and enhance our team culture with her strong values and commitment to excellence in everything she does. She was a tremendous leader for her high school program at Greater Atlanta Christian. Tamiah works extremely hard but also communicates with her teammates and challenges them on and off the court to be their best. As a staff, we were looking to sign someone who could shoot the three with consistency and she fills that roll nicely and also brings additional skill sets that will boost our perimeter play."
Tamiah Lewis, 5-7, Guard
Atlanta, Ga. (Greater Atlanta Christian)
A four-time varsity letterwinner as well as a four-year team captain, two with the Lady Grooms and two at North Atlanta High School, Lewis ended her prep career as a member of the prestigious 1,000-point club, having scored 1,106 points in her career.
Last season as a senior, she averaged 13.6 points, 2.2 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. She scored 423 points on the year, the most of any of her four years in the program, and averaged the second-most points per game in all of Georgia Region 7-AAA. She led her team to the 2017 Region 7-AAA Region Championship as well as the 2017 AAA State Final Four.
Following the season, Lewis was named to the All-Region 7-AAA team and earned 2016-17 Georgia High School Association (GHSA) All-State Girls Basketball Honors. During the season, she was named the Gwinnett Sports Commission Player of the Week as well as the Gwinnett Player of the Month. She was also named to the Gwinnett All-Academic Team, earned the 2017 Gwinnett Tipoff Club Best Season Basketball Honor and the 2017 GAC Lady Spartan Top Scorer and Leadership awards.
As a junior, Lewis averaged 12.0 points, 4.1 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 3.2 steals per contest while leading the team to the AA State Final Four. She led all of Georgia Region 6-AA girls basketball in assists that year and was also second in the region for steals.
During the 2014-15 campaign, she averaged a career-best 14.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while also adding 2.0 assists and 3.0 steals per contest. She ended the year second in Region 7B-AAAAA for shooting guards.
In the classroom, Lewis was a four-time Principal's List honoree as well as a member of her school's National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society and Beta Club. She also earned the 2016 Superior Rating in the National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festival for piano.
Lewis joins an incoming class that features Amaryah Corpening of Freedom High School (Morganton, N.C.), Armanii Grice from Ridge View High School (Columbia, S.C.), Juliet Esadah of Jones County Junior College (Ellisville, Miss.) and Nadiria Evans from Oak Hall School (Gainesville, Fla.).
2017-18 basketball season tickets are now officially on sale. UNC Asheville is currently accepting deposits, and fans can reserve their season ticket for only $50 per seat.
The season ticket includes both men's and women's home regular-season basketball games. The 2017-18 UNC Asheville basketball season is shaping up to be special once again for the women's basketball team which is coming off back-to-back Big South Tournament titles as well as two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.