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Georgia Tech to become home for Patriots hoops star Josiah

November 10, 2005|by KEVIN SPRADLIN / Staff Correspondent

Basketball standout Nia Josiah had a message she wanted to deliver. She had an attentive audience Wednesday afternoon at Thomas Johnson High School.

Josiah, a shooting guard for the Patriots' state title-contending basketball team, signed a letter of intent to play at Georgia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Friends, family and teammates were on hand to watch.

"A lot of people say, 'Why didn't you pick Harvard?,'" Josiah said on the eve of her signing. "Life is about owning your own success. I want to be a role model to all the children, especially the women, to let them know that you can do it. If you know how to speak and do math, you can go anywhere."

Lest anyone think otherwise, Josiah knows she isn't shooting for unattainable goals. Aside from a rigorous academic schedule and her spirit of volunteerism, she has pedigree on her side.

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"I've had all A's since sixth grade and I currently have a 4.8 GPA," Josiah said. "I take the highest level of classes they offer. Also, I come from a family of educators, of intellectuals. My dad's a sociologist and my mom is a math teacher."

Josiah, 17, will officially commit to Georgia Tech, but that wasn't her only offer.

"I had to choose from Harvard, Stanford, Penn and Brown," Josiah said. "I picked Georgia Tech to major in biomedical engineering. The school is first in the country and is second only to MIT in engineering."

Josiah was the leading scorer for Urbana as a freshman and sophomore and helped the Hawks to the Maryland Class 3A state tournamernt both season.

Josiah transferred to TJ, where she averaged 20.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists as a junior and was named to The Herald-Mail All-Area First Team.

TJ coach Amy Schmuck has high expectations for both Josiah's senior season and the Patriots.

"Now that she will have signed, I think there's going to be less pressure," Schmuck said. "The outcome is she's gonna play better basketball. It's going to take some of the pressure off."

Josiah agreed.

"It's a great relief in life," Josiah said. "You go through high school in your senior year, always worrying about who's in the stands and if you're going to get that scholarship. Now that I know where I'm going I can be more comfortable. Now I can relax and play and have a great senior season."

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