NCCU women add recruits
Lawsuit aside, North Carolina Central women’s basketball coach Trisha Stafford-Odom is pushing forward with new recruits, adding four to her 2018-19 class. What is most interesting, however, is a statement by Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye in the press release giving Stafford-Odom and the coaches a vote of confidence. You know how I feel about that. Isn’t that supposed to be an athletics director’s job? All I know is, with all the drama that’s happened this past season, she’d better win sumthin’ next season.
Dasmine Kasey is a graduate of William Fleming High in Roanoke, Virginia. She finished her career with 1,021 points, and averaged 16.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists her senior year. She was named the 5A Region D Player of the Year.
Desiree Keeling is a 6-foot-2 Rutgers University transfer who has to sit out a year due to NCAA rules. She also attended William Fleming. Keeling played three seasons at Rutgers and averaged 5.2 points and 6.3 rebounds.
Lanay Rodney is a Monroe Community College transfer. Rodney averaged 19.6 points and 9 rebounds a game last season and was named NJCAA Regional Player of the Year.
Shontai Totten, a Northwood High graduate in Pittsboro, is transferring in from Louisburg College.
“The talent pool my staff and I are presenting with this recruiting class is exemplary of the quality of athletes we expect to flood our current and future rosters,” Stafford-Odom said.
The foursome will join early signees from November: Nyjanique Langley, Ashlyn Lockard, Xian Lopez and Jasmine Pollock.