Barnes Announces Three Signees for Class of 2024

YSU Women's Basketball class of 2024 - Malia Magestro, Nneka Obiazor and Emma Randall
YSU Women's Basketball class of 2024 - Malia Magestro, Nneka Obiazor and Emma Randall

Malia Magestro, Nneka Obiazor and Emma Randall have each signed a National Letter of Intent to spend their academic and basketball futures at Youngstown State University, YSU head women's basketball coach John Barnes announced on Wednesday.

Magestro is a 5-foot-9 guard from nearby Hermitage, Pa., Randall is a 6-foot guard from Shelby, Ohio, and Obiazor is a 5-foot-10 forward from Eden Prairie, Minn. All three are high school seniors who will have four years of eligibility at Youngstown State upon their arrival for the 2020-21 season.

"This class will bring us much-needed depth both on the perimeter and in the frontcourt," Barnes said. "I'd like to thank my staff for all their hard work and time to find these players from across the Midwest that will fit in well with our Penguins Basketball family."

Magestro was first-team honoree Pennsylvania Sports Writers all-state teams at the 1A level as a junior. She ranked second in District 10 in 2018-19 with 28.9 points per game as she led Kennedy Catholic to its ninth straight district title and a Sweet 16 appearance. She was the district's top scorer as a sophomore with 22 points per game when she was second-team all-state. Magestro was ranked as the sixth-best player in the Pittsburgh area on The Dabbelt Report in 2018-19, and she enters her senior year with 1,501 career points, which is 40 behind Kennedy Catholic's record.

"Malia is one of the state's highest scorers and will make a run for the state championship this year at Kennedy Catholic," Barnes said. "Not only is she is a good ball-handler, she can also attack the basket and finish with an array of moves. She is a big-time hustler who usually guards the opposing team's best player. It's rare to find a great scorer that has grit and heart like she does."

Obiazor is currently ranked as the No. 6 player in the 2020 class in Minnesota by Prep Girls Hoops. She earned All State Honorable Mention honors at the Class AAA level as a junior when she averaged 16 points and eight rebounds. She was Eden Prairie's top rebounder and scorer and went on to earn all-conference accolades. A member of the Prep Girls Report 2020 AAU All Star Team, she will be the program's first player from Minnesota.

"Nneka is a very strong and skilled power forward that has many moves in the post, can step out to shoot the 3 and attack the basket," Barnes said. "She has great instincts on the court, and her strength allows her to play many different positions. She is a prolific rebounder and has a knack for being in the right place at the right time."

Randall led Shelby to a sectional title as a junior when she earned Special Mention All-Ohio honors at the Division II level. Also a First-Team Northwest Ohio District honoree, she averaged 13.7 points in 2018-19. She helped lead Shelby to an undefeated mark and title in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference as a first-team all-conference pick. The Whippets are currently ranked fifth in the state as a team by the Ohio Girls Basketball Report.

"Emma is a long wing who has deep 3-point range and the ability to rebound the ball out of her zone," Barnes said. "She will be able to stretch the opposing team's defense and also attack when they close out on her.  She is also very unselfish and will make a great teammate."