Girls Basketball – Dara Mabrey Commits to Virginia Tech
Another Mabrey sister from Manasquan is heading to play college basketball in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but this time, she is heading to the South instead of South Bend.
Manasquan senior Dara Mabrey announced her non-binding verbal commitment to play at Virginia Tech via Twitter Monday night, following in the footsteps of older sisters Michaela and Marina Mabrey as ACC basketball players.
Michaela graduated from Notre Dame in 2016 and Marina will be a junior for the Irish this season.
During her high school career, Mabrey has often taken after her older sisters while throwing in her own wrinkle. Like Michaela and Marina, Dara Mabrey won the N.J. Gatorade Player of the Year Award, only Dara did so as a junior in 2016-17 while both of her older sisters didn't accomplish the feat until they were seniors.
All three Mabrey sisters were part of an NJSIAA Tournament of Champions championship team as freshmen, with Dara teaming up with Marina to win the state championship for Manasquan in 2014-15.
Dara has distinguished herself in the last two seasons by helping Manasquan reach the Tournament of Champions final in each of her first three seasons and the program has appeared in an unprecedented four straight T of C championship games. After winning the title in 2014-15, Manasquan lost to St. John Vianney in overtime in 2015-16 and to Franklin last year on a tie-breaking shot at the buzzer.
While Mabrey was a capable scorer as a starter in each of her first two seasons, last year was a breakout season for the 5-foot-8 combo guard. She averaged 19.8 points per game as a junior and in addition to winning the Gatorade Player of the Year Award in N.J., she also won the Kerwin Award, given out annually to both the top girls and boys basketball players in N.J.
Virginia Tech is coming off a 20-14 season overall and 4-12 in the ACC. Both of its leading scorers from a year ago - Chanette Hicks and Regan Magarity - are heading into their junior seasons and guard Aisha Shepard leads the incoming class of freshmen.