CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University has signed seven new women’s basketball players for the 2016-17 season, head coach John Davis announced.
The group consists of three transfers and four incoming freshman that are added to the Warriors’ early signing of Jessica Sparks from Seneca High School in November 2015. The seven signees represent four states.
“Over the last two years of our NCAA transition it has been our goal to grow the depth of our program, which we have done,” said Davis. “We have a strong nucleus of young ladies returning and with this incoming class, we have answered some needs that we have evaluated. This incoming class understands the importance of who we are as a university and each one will build into the growth of our campus community and women’s basketball program.”
The signees, who represent four states, include Denisha Hall from Rock Hill; Imani Lewis from Suffolk, Va.; Tatiyana Mahone from Talbotton, Ga.; Tatiana Manuel from Tampa, Fla.; Kelsey Ramey from Westminster; Katy Beth Rentz from Clayton, Ga.; and Tanayja Williams from Greenwood.
Hall is a 5-foot-6 guard from York Preparatory Academy who averaged 15.8 points, 3.1 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game as a senior. She played at South Pointe High School in ninth through 11th grade and averaged over 12 points per game her junior year.
Lewis is a 5-foot-10 guard/forward who played last season at NCAA Division I S.C. State University and appeared in eight games for the Bulldogs. As a senior at King’s Fork High School, she was named to the 2014-2015 All-Ironclad Conference team, while averaging 15.8 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks per game.
Mahone is a 6 foot guard/forward who averaged 13.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 blocks per game in her sophomore season at Atlanta Metropolitan College. She averaged 12.4 points per game her freshman season, while also pulling down 6.1 rebounds per game.
Manuel is a 6-foot-2 center who was ranked fifth nationally in NCAA Division II in blocked shots per game and seventh in total blocked shots. She played two seasons for Santa Fe College in Florida prior to Armstrong where she averaged 5.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore. As a freshman, she shot 49.3 percent from the floor and averaged 3.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. She holds the Santa Fe College record for most blocked shots in a game (10), season (94) and career (158).
Ramey is a 5-foot-8 guard from West Oak High School. Ramey was named to the All-Region and All-Mountain Lake Team in 2016. She is a high school honors graduate and Palmetto Fellows student.
Rentz is a 5-foot-6 guard who averaged 5.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.2 assists during her senior season at Rabun County High School.
Williams is a 5-foot-4 guard who averaged 12 points, 2.26 steals and 2.1 assists per game during her senior season at Greenwood High School.