POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College women’s basketball coach Scotty Fletcher believes a lot of travel and hard work has paid off in a signing class that will help the Lady Wildcats climb quickly into the ranks of the state’s elite junior college teams.
Fletcher, who recently completed his first season as the head coach at PRCC, announced the signing of 14 players to junior college scholarships, including a transfer from the University of South Alabama and the Player of the Year in Baldwin County, Ala.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with our first true recruiting class,” said Fletcher. “We had a full season to watch players, and build relationships with coaches and families. I think we will be as well-balanced 1-15 as any team I’ve ever been a part of.”
Denosha Maye, a 5-8 guard from Bay Minette, Ala., highlights the Lady Wildcat signing class. She averaged 24.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists for Baldwin County High School this past season.
Also joining the PRCC program is 5-6 point guard Rehema Franklin, who signed with South Alabama in 2015 after finishing at Edna Karr High School in New Orleans, but then left the team before the start of the season.
Franklin averaged 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists as a senior at Edna Karr. She will have two years of eligibility remaining with PRCC.
Among the in-state players who signed with Pearl River were a trio of standouts from the Gulf Coast, Adyn Strickland of Harrison Central, Nicole Brock of Long Beach and Aarmanii McDaniel of Gulfport.
Strickland, a 5-8 guard, averaged 17.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals for Harrison Central last season. Brock, a 5-6 point guard, averaged 18.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.1 steals for Long Beach. McDaniel, a 5-11 forward, averaged 9.7 points a game.
Fletcher, and assistant coach Shakira Nettles, also worked the Jackson area hard and came away with five players from the Metro area, including two from Class 5A state runner-up Callaway, 5-8 forward Cotoria Blackmon and 5-8 guard Tiara Robins.
“I need to give special thanks to Coach Nettles for all of her hard work in finding the perfect match with our student-athletes to lay a foundation for what we’re working toward,” Fletcher said. “We probably saw 400 players and zeroed in on the ones who were perfect for our system.
“It was a learning process. With Coach Nettles being from out-of-state, we wanted her to become as familiar with the state, and with me having been exclusively with boys before, I needed to expand my data base where girls were concerned.
One area of concern for the Lady Wildcats was size inside, and Fletcher felt like that need was addressed, as he signed five players who stand 5-foot-10 or taller, including three post players.
“We addressed size, length, guard play,” Fletcher said. “This class will allow us to play the way we want to play, but weren’t able to do this season because of our limitations.”
Fletcher will be looking to revamp his roster after a 6-16 campaign in 2015-16 that saw the Lady Wildcats finish with just seven healthy players by the end of the season.
The complete list of Pearl River women’s basketball signees:
Player Ht. Pos. Hometown/HS/Previous School
Cotoria Blackmon 5-8 F Jackson, MS/Callaway
Nicole Brock 5-6 PG Long Beach, MS/Long Beach
Rehema Franklin 5-6 PG New Orleans, LA/Edna Karr/South Alabama
Audriana Howard 5-9 SW Columbia, MS/East Marion
Kyla Malone 6-0 C Oxford, MS/Oxford
Denosha Maye 5-8 PG Bay Minette, AL/Baldwin County
Aarmanii McDaniel 5-11 C Gulfport, MS/Gulfport
Tariah Mouton 5-7 G Meridian, MS/Meridian
Elexis Peyton 5-8 PF Jackson, MS/Provine
Tiara Robins 5-8 G Jackson, MS/Callaway
Adyn Strickland 5-8 G Saucier, MS/Harrison Central
Charisma Walker 5-11 F Brandon, MS/Brandon
Destiny Williams 6-2 C Liberty, MS/Amite County
Tyasia Willis 5-10 F Camden, MS/Velma Jackson