Dyersburg standout passes up Division I-A offers and signs with Northeast

By NEMCC Media Relations

BOONEVILLE – Kayoncia Tate from Dyersburg High School (Tenn.) decided that Northeast Mississippi Community College would be her new home on Wednesday, April 25.

According to Dyersburg High School’s (DHS) head basketball coach Randy Coffman, Tate had offers from Chipola Community College, Three Rivers Community College, Southeast Missouri State University, and Arkansas State University but after a visit to the Northeast campus Tate chose NEMCC.

Tate was selected to the District 13-AA First Team for three years in a row as a result of her play at the guard spot and was also selected to the 13-AA All-Tournament team her junior and senior seasons along with the Region 7 All-Tournament team as well.

“I am really excited for Kay K (Kayoncia),” Coffman said. “She is a great player and this is a great day for our program. She is our twenty-fifth signee in the last 12 years and we are happy to send her to a great coach at Northeast.”

A great player indeed, as Tate averaged over 14 points per game along approximately five assists, six boards, and two steals in her three-year varsity career as a Lady Trojan.

“She brings a lot to the table on both sides of the ball,” Coffman continued. “She is a kid who is offensively advanced and she knows how to share the basketball.”

Tate earned over 500 assists, 500 rebounds and collected over 1500 points overall at DHS and in the summer of 2011 she averaged 22 points and five assists in the National Tournament held in Orlando, Fla., leading the Lady Trojans to an eleventh place finish.

“We are really pumped to land Tate,” said Northeast head coach Brian Alexander. “She is a tremendous basketball player because her dribble, pass and shoot skills are superior to other players at our level.”

“Coach Coffman does a great job here in Dyersburg getting his players ready for college,” Alexander explained, “so I think she will come right in and have a big impact not only on our team but also in our league as well.”

“I am so happy about being able to sign with Northeast. This is an exciting day and I am just ready to go to work,” Tate said.

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