Dodson talks about her decision to commit to Stanford


Maya Dodson, a 6-foot-3 forward from Alpharetta, Georgia, verbally committed to the Stanford women's basketball program last week.

Dodson is the fourth player from the 2017 recruiting class to commit to the Cardinal. She is the No. 11-ranked prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz top 100.

Maya Dodson
The 2017 group of Stanford commits includes point guard Kiana Williams from San Antonio, the No. 8 prospect.

They will be on hand next year to join the highly-regarded 2016 class. Needless to say, the future looks bright for the Cardinal. A good thing considering the increasingly competitive nature of the Pac-12.

Dodson, who made trips to more than a dozen schools, picked Stanford over Notre Dame and Tennessee.

"It's great to finally pick a school,'' Dodson said in a phone interview Friday. "Now that the recruiting process is over I feel less stressful.''

Dodson met Condoleeza Rice on her first visit to Stanford. Then when Dodson came back for a second visit the following year the former secretary of state "remembered me,'' Dodson said. "That was a great experience.''

Dodson also met the other members of the 2017 recruiting class -- Williams, Estella Moschkau, a 6-2 wing from Minnesota, and Canadian Alyssa Jerome on her recruiting trip earlier this year.

"We will probably start talking about what we want to do in the future,'' Dodson said. "In terms of basketball I know I want to try to win a championship. I think Stanford has the right coaching staff and players to do it.''

As a junior at St. Francis High Dodson averaged 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocks per game in helping her high school team win a second consecutive state championship and was named Georgia Class A player of the year.

Over the summer she helped the USA win a bronze medal at the FIBA U17 world championships. She averaged 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds.

She brings an intriguing dimension to the Cardinal as a 6-3 wing, a big who can play on the perimeter.

"I think once I'm at Stanford I'll be able to play the 3 and the 4,'' Dodson said.

Dodson, who plans on majoring in engineering or computer science at Stanford, calls former UConn star Breanna Stewart her favorite player.

"She was able to come in as a freshman and win four championships back to back,'' Dodson said.

Cardinal fans certainly wouldn't be averse to a reprise of that scenario.

"At the same time I want to be my own person,'' Dodson said.

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