Colorado women's basketball head coach JR Payne announced the addition of four student-athletes as part of the 2019 recruiting class on Wednesday.

The Buffaloes welcome the addition of Jaylyn Sherrod, Raanee Smith, Maura Singer and Charlotte Whittaker.

"We are beyond excited to announce these four young ladies who will be joining our Buffaloes family today," Payne said. "All four players are outstanding students, tremendous basketball players and wonderful young women. They embody everything that is great in college athletics. I am proud that they chose CU and am excited for the impact they will have on our Colorado community."

Sherrod, a 5-foot-7 guard from Birmingham, Ala., totaled 11.0 points, 4.0 assists and 3.8 steals per game in her junior season at Ramsay H.S. She helped the Rams to both the area and regional championships, recording a 25-5 record. A three-time letterman, Sherrod was the Rams' Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 along with being first-team All-Birmingham. She is also a two-time All-Area Team selection.

Smith, a 6-foot-2 guard/forward hybrid from Philadelphia, Pa. She averaged 9.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game last season at Friends' Central School. Smith is a two-time All-Mainline honorable mention to match her two All-Friends League first team honorable mention honors.


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Singer, a 6-foot-4 center, is a native of Littleton, Colo. She scored 9.5 points and snagged 10.1 rebounds per game last season at Columbine H.S. Singer burst onto the high school scene as a freshman. Singer led 5A in blocks per game (4.0), earning honorable mention All-State. She improved to first-team All-State her junior year, helping the Rebels reach the Sweet 16 in the state playoffs.

Whittaker, a 6-foot-4 forward from Cust, New Zealand, averaged 13.8 points and 5.0 rebounds for New Zealand at the U18 Women's Asian Championships. She totaled 23 points in the Tall Ferns opening loss to Japan. Whittaker is averaging 11.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in her international career. She averaged 32 points and 14 rebounds per game while attending St. Andrews College. She was the MVP of the Canterbury Competition, as well as the South Island High School Competition in 2018. She also played volleyball and netball.