Oak Cliff Secondary

Dejanee Terrell signs with UNT to play basketball for the Mean Green

From the Dallas Morning News HS Sports:

Life Oak Cliff star makes history: Dejanee Terrell became the first girls basketball player from Life Oak Cliff, a charter school, to receive a Division I scholarship. The 6-0 senior forward is signed with North Texas.

She's not the first in her family to accomplish something like that. Her mother, Kiana Terrell (formerly Taylor), was the first girls basketball player from Sunset to earn a Division I scholarship before starring at UT-El Paso.

"It makes me feel very good that I could accomplish something like this," Dejanee said. "Not many scouts come to Life Oak Cliff to watch anybody, so it was major for me to make sure I get exposure in the summer."

She is ranked among the top 20 recruits in Texas after playing at an elite level in select basketball for DFW Elite and Lady ProSkills. But UNT coach Jalie Mitchell, a former Duncanville standout, had seen Dejanee long before she got to high school.

Terrell said she played with Mitchell in an adult recreation league many years ago.

"She already knew me from when I was a little girl," Dejanee said. "We already kind of had a connection."

Dejanee has a close connection to another former star athlete. Her father, David, played defensive back in the NFL for the Redskins and Raiders.