Kentucky State University’s head women’s basketball coach Serena King-Coleman has announced her 2012-2013 recruiting class.
The freshmen include Ikiah Palmer, Taylor Sanders and Tazzie Shaw, while King-Coleman signed four junior transfers in Style Harper, Kadera Jackson, Diminika King and LaShell West.
Palmer, a 5-10 guard from Hancock Central High School in Milledgeville, Ga., averaged 16 points and seven rebounds per game. King-Coleman, who is looking forward to Palmer being able to stretch the defense with her shooting range, stated, “Ikiah is a tall guard and will add size to the perimeter. Not only does she have a great shooting range, she is also a good defender.”
Sanders, a four-year starter for the Lawrence Central High School Bears (Indianapolis, Ind.), averaged 15.5 points, 4.5 assists and 3.7 steals per game.
The point guard, who signed with the Thorobrettes during the early signing period, scored over 1,300 points during her high school career.
“Taylor is a quick, true point guard who can help elevate our level of play,” King-Coleman said. “She has a high basketball IQ, along with accurate passing and the ability to score.”
Shaw, who hails from West Chester, Ohio, is a 6-1 forward who originally verbally committed to Marshall University in West Virginia.
King-Coleman stated Shaw will “add athleticism and strong rebounding, as well as the ability to score from beyond the arc and in the paint.” The Brettes will look for Shaw to create favorable mismatches against opposing defenders.
KSU’s three freshmen will be joined by four transfers in Harper, Jackson, King and West.
Harper, a 5-8 junior coming from West Virginia University Institute of Technology, is from Cincinnati, Ohio.
“We are looking for Style to be a vocal leader,” King-Coleman said. “She is a physical, high-intensity player with the ability to get to the basket and finish while creating contact.”
Jackson is a 5-10 junior transfer from Marshalltown Community College.
“Kadera will give us athleticism and defensive presence in the paint,” King-Coleman said.
The Milwaukee, Wis. native and forward runs the floor exceptionally well and, according to King-Coleman, “has an uncanny sense for getting offensive rebounds and put-backs.” Jackson finishes well around the basket and will bring experience to the post position.
King, who stands at 6-3, will give the Brettes immediate strength in the post with her size and physical prowess in the paint. The junior center transfer from Lakeland Community College will also add to KSU’s rebounding and scoring in the paint.
The Brettes are gaining a student-athlete who was ranked in the top 10 in the NJCAA Division II in three categories: 20.2 points per game (9th), 16.4 rebounds per game (2nd) and 57.6 field goal percentage (8th).
Rounding out this year’s class is West, a Southfield, Mich. native transferred from Siena Heights University. A 5-9 junior guard, West sets the tone defensively and is able to go to the basket with strength to draw contact.
“LaShell will bring size and quickness to the perimeter,” said King-Coleman. “She fits well into our uptempo style of play with her speed and has the knack to anticipate in passing lanes.”
With a solid recruiting class, the Thorobrettes look to contend for the 2013 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title.
“We have a great group of young ladies coming in this year,” King-Coleman said. “They have bought into our program, and with hard work, we will continue to improve and compete for the conference title.”