Women's Basketball Announces Three Additions to 2017 Recruiting Class
GREENSBORO, N.C. – On Monday, UNCG head coach Trina Patterson announced three additions to the 2017 recruiting class in LIU Brooklyn transfer Aja Boyd, junior college transfer Brandi Fier and Australian native Dijana Milisic. The trio joins Ciera Crudup, Amesha Miller, and Lilian Izundu as Spartan newcomers.
“I am excited to coach these future Spartans,” said Patterson. “They believe in our vision and want to assist in building something great.”
Fier will have two years of eligibility remaining after playing two years at the junior college level, while Boyd will redshirt for a season in compliance with transfer rules and have three years of eligibility remaining. Milisic will be added to the freshman class of Crudup and Miller.
Boyd provided an immediate impact for the Blackbirds in her freshman season, appearing in 28 games and starting 27. She averaged 11.0 points to ranks as LIU's second leading scorer and also pulled down 7.1 rebounds per game. In her final game of the year, Boyd poured in 28 points and ripped down 15 boards against Wagner to set new career-highs. For her efforts, the Appomattox Regional Governors School product was named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week three times and was selected to the All-NEC Rookie Team.
“Aja has a scorer's mentality around the basket,” stated Patterson. “She is a polished athletic forward who shows versatility.”
Fier started 64 of 69 games at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Illinois. During her freshman season, she helped lead the Cougars to an NJCAA Division II runner-up finish, averaging 5.3 points and 3.8 assists per game. The 5-6 guard really turned things up during her sophomore campaign at ICC, putting up 9.9 points and 5.1 assists per contest. Fier's assists-per-game average was the ninth highest in the nation, while her 162 total assists were the seventh most. Following the season, Fier was named a First Team All-Region 24 honoree. A proven winner, she accumulated a 57-12 record as a cougar and also racked up numerous academic honors over the course of her two years at ICC.
“Brandi is a fierce competitor, a hard worker and has exceptional decision making skills,” said Patterson. “A ‘pass-first' point guard, Brandi also has the ability to score with both the three-point and mid-range shot.”
Milisic is a member of the Serbian Under-18 National Team squad and plays for the Hills Hornets of the Australian Basketball Association, while also playing for Hills' youth league team. Milisic also took part in the Sydney University Flames Academy. The Blacktown Girls High School product is a two-time member and one-year captain of the New South Wales State Team, which competes at the Australian National Championships.
“Dijana is active, has a high motor and is an excellent rebounder,” concluded Patterson. “She will be able to stretch defenses with her mid range shooting.”