ICC women sign six area standouts to its 2011-12 basketball program

FULTON – Itawamba Community College women’s basketball program announced its 2011-12 recruiting class with nine student athletes signing National Letters of Intent to play for the Lady Indians next season.

Head Coach Nanci Gray and Assistant Coach Robin Porter welcomed Laken McKnatt, Camry Jones, Alexandria Thompson, Katherine Downing, Jasmine Hampton, and Ty-Nita Baker to campus as the singees were honored at a special ceremony at the Davis Event Center on Monday.

Laken McKnatt – Itawamba AHS

McKnatt averaged 9.8 points, 3.2 steals, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.1 assist per game. The 5’6 guard was a 59-percent three-point shooter and connected on 70-percent from the free throw line for Coach Amanda Morrow and the Itawamba AHS Lady Indians as a senior.

Camry Jones – Nettleton

Jones averaged 18.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.4 steals, and 4.1 assist per game for Coach Derrick Sharp and the Nettleton Lady Tigers. The 5’8 guard was a 75-percent free throw shooter and shot 60-percent from the floor as a senior.

Alexandria Thompson – Amory

Thompson averaged 19.5 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assist for Coach Rob Browning and the Amory Lady Panthers last season. The 5’9 forward shot 60-percent from the floor and 73-percent from the free throw line.

Katherine Downing – Pontotoc

Downing averaged 8.7 points, 3.3 steals, 2.3 rebounds, and 2 assist per game for Coach Bill Russell and the Pontotoc Lady Warriors last season. The 5’7 shooting guard shot 54-percent from the floor and 72-percent from the charity stripe.

Jasmine Hampton – Bruce

Hampton averaged 14.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 3.2 blocks per game as a senior. The 6’3 center help lead the Bruce Lady Trojans to an 18-8 finish while shooting 86-percent from the floor for Coach Davin Young.

Ty-Nita Baker – Houston

Baker averaged 17.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.1 steals, and 3 assist per game for Coach Rakesia Gray and the Houston Lady Hilltoppers. The 5’8 shooting guard connected on 49-percent from behind the arch and 74-percent from the charity stripe as a senior.

Coach Gray also announced a trio of out-of-area players who signed National Letters of Intent to join the Lady Indians basketball program next season.

Ayanna Lynn, a 5’5 point guard from Indianola-Gentry High School, averaged 9.2 points, 4.6 assist, and 3.2 steals per game for the 26-4 Lady Rams last season.

Jemil Jefferson, a 5’10 forward from Craigmont High School in Memphis, Tennessee, averaged 14.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.1 steals, and 2.2 blocks per game for the 16-9 Lady Chiefs as a senior.

Sharee Williams, a 6’3 center/power forward from Greene County High School in Eutaw, Alabama, averaged 16.4 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 4.1 blocks per game for the 16-10 Lady Tigers.

“We welcomed in some really key players for our program,” said Gray. “We brought in players that are extremely well-coached that speaks so highly of the caliber of coaching that goes on in our area.”

“I feel like we’ve filled in a lot of gaps in our rotation. We hope that’s going to make for a very cohesive until next year, but it’s all about bringing the players back from last year to mix with the faces coming into the program.”

The Lady Indians finished 17-7 overall and 8-3 for a second place finish in the MACJC North while advancing to the semifinals of the MACJC State and NJCAA Region 23 tournaments.

For more information on the ICC women’s basketball and the nine other intercollegiate athletic programs visit the college website at www.iccms.edu.

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