Aggie Women's Basketball Adds Three For 2016-17

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State head women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh bolstered his roster for the 2016-17 season with the additions of Ozahria Fisher, Najiyyah Pack and Aaliyah Prince on national signing day.

“We’re very happy with this recruiting class,” Trakh said. “It could be the best recruiting class since this coaching staff has been here. We have three quality skilled and athletic guards that can get to the rim and shoot the three. We’re very excited about them joining the Aggie family. They’ll have to fill the spots for Shanice, Abby and Sasha, but with these three we feel like we won’t skip a beat.”

Ozahria Fisher | Phoenix, Ariz.
5-5 | Guard | Thunderbird High School
GBL Lady Rebels - Candice Parker Elite

Fisher joins the Aggies from Phoenix, Ariz., where she’s been the floor general for Thunderbird High School. She also plays against future teammate, Najiyyah Pack, every year in sectional games. As a junior, she guided the Chiefs to a 30-3 overall mark and 12-1 record in league play, including a trip to the Arizona Interscholastic Association Division II semifinals.

Fisher has been on the varsity squad at THS since day one, guiding the Chiefs to an 82-17 record in her three years there. She averaged 14.7 points, 6.2 assists and 3.7 steals during her junior campaign and earned her second-straight player of the year honor. As a sophomore, she earned her first AIA Division II Section V Player of the Year award and earned First-Team All-Section selections after leading THS to the sweet 16 of the state tournament.

“Ozahria is an ultra-athletic point guard who can shoot, get to the rim and is very, very explosive,” Trakh said. “She had an opportunity to play at Temple, but chose to be an Aggie so we’re very excited.”

Najiyyah Pack | Phoenix, Ariz.
5-10 | Guard | South Mountain High School
GBL Lady Rebels- Candice Parker Elite

Pack also joins the Aggies from Phoenix, Ariz., where she plays at South Mountain High School against future teammate, Fisher. Pack and Fisher also play on the same club team, GBL Lady Rebels. The 5-10 guard is 3-star recruit according to ESPN and is averaging 15.1 points since starting at SMHS as a freshman.

Pack has had substantial progression in scoring every year. She averaged just 5.4 points as a freshman before pacing the Jaguars with 23.6 points as a junior last season. Not only has the SMHS guard been able to attack the rim, she’s also capable of banging in the post – averaging 8.9 rebounds. She was recognized for her breakout year and earned First-Team All-Arizona honors from the Arizona Republic’s AZCentral.com staff.

Pack helped guide the Jaguars to the state playoffs three years in a row, including a pair of trips to the elite eight her first two seasons. She also led SMHS to a Section V title in her sophomore campaign.

“She’s arguably the best player out of Arizona,” Trakh said of Pack. “She is the most highly recruited player since this staff has been here, but might be the most highly-recruited player at NM State. She’s got great three-point range and can handle the ball for her height. We’re very excited about what [Najiyyah] Pack can do here the next four years. She turned down a pair of Pac-12 schools and a perennial Big West school to play here, so we’re excited.”

Aliyah Prince | San Antonio, Texas
5-8 | Guard | Highlands High School
Sofia Young Elite Basketball

Prince comes to NM State from San Antonio, Texas, where she led Highlands High School to three-straight playoff appearances. Like Pack, Prince is also a 3-star recruit according to ESPN. She enters her senior season averaging 13.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 1.7 steals for the Owls. Her scoring prowess continues to evolve each year, as she increased her scoring average by 2.3 and 2.5, respectively, since her freshman year.

Prince is stranger to accolades. The three-year letter winner for HHS was named MVP for both Region 5A and District 28 as a junior after averaging 15.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3.9 steals. The San Antonio Express-News also named her to the Express-News All-Area Class 5A team. As a freshman and sophomore, Prince earned Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Region honors as well as first-team all-district honors.

“Aaliyah is ultra-athletic, can jump out of the gym, shoot the three and really, really defend so between her and [Najiyyah] Pack we have two long wings,” said Trakh.

“We’re really excited about this class. All three of them can be really special here.”

The Aggies open their 2015-16 season at North Dakota State on Friday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. (MST).