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5-star PG Chasity Patterson signs with Texas women’s hoops

2017’s top-ranked point guard is now officially a Longhorn

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Five-star Houston North Shore point guard Chasity Patterson signed her National Letter of Intent on Wednesday morning, officially becoming the first member of Karen Aston’s 2017 Texas Longhorns women’s hoops class.

Ranked as the nation’s No. 4 overall player and No. 1 point guard, the in-state product gave her pledge to Texas back in July.

"My first offer was from Texas and that was when I was in the seventh grade," Patterson told ESPN. "I visited the other two schools as well, but I felt that Texas was the place for me."

Patterson’s early signing period signature continues the trend of Aston’s recruiting success after hauling in the nation’s No. 3 2016 class headlined by a pair of five-star talents in Joyner Holmes and Alecia Sutton.

"I am incredibly proud to bring Chasity to the Forty Acres and our program," Aston said in a statement. "She is not only a terrific basketball player, but more importantly a phenomenal young lady. Chaz brings a wealth of understanding of what it takes to win, coming from such quality high school and club programs. This will translate into her being able to impact our program quickly. What I love about her the most is her confidence in herself as a shooter. This comes from spending hours in the gym. She is an old school gym rat and will give us an added dimension to our guard depth. I'm so excited that she and her wonderful family chose to be part of the Longhorn family."

ESPN evaluated Patterson’s skill set following the John Lucas Elite 160 in September.

Electrifying floor-leader with a scorer's mentality; quick-release with deep range delivers off the dribble; tough to contain, breaks down defender and finds rim with regularity; anticipates, disrupts defenses; an elite guard in the class of 2017.