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Tyaunna Marshall was one look-in away from being a big fish that wriggled away from Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jacket coaching staff went to look at guard Dawnn Maye of Laudergill, Fla., at the Deep South Classic in the spring. That was when they noticed Marshall, a lightning bolt out of Upper Marlboro, Md.
Good thing, too: Marshall, a 5-foot-11 guard ranked 81st in the ESPN HoopGurlz Hundred, verbally committed to Tech coach MaChelle Joseph on Thursday.
"It seemed like a great fit," said Marshall, who plays for the MD Sports Xtreme club program. "Their style of play was my style."
The Yellow Jackets, which finished 23-10 after losing to Oklahoma in the second round of the NCAA tournament, are an up-tempo team, which plays right into the strengths of a long, lean speedster like Marshall.
Until Tech entered the picture, James Madison was the leader for Marshall, according to the rising senior. Seton Hall also was slightly in the running, she said. Marshall received some mail from Georgia Tech when she was a freshman at Elizabeth Seton High School and she was interested, but said the Yellow Jackets "disappeared."
After the reunion, of sorts, at Deep South, Marshall attended Georgia Tech's elite camp, liked the campus in downtown Atlanta as well as the players -- several of whom kept in touch via text message.
"Things happen for a reason," Marshall said.
It doesn't even matter now that her team lost to Maye's Team Breakdown at the buzzer.
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Glenn Nelson is a senior writer at ESPN.com and the founder of HoopGurlz.com. A member of the Parade All-American Selection Committee, he formerly coached girl's club basketball, was the editor-in-chief of an online sports network, and was a longtime, national-award-winning newspaper columnist and writer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tyaunna Marshall is heading to Georgia Tech.