CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team has signed six to National Letters of Intent, Head Coach Royce Chadwick announced today. Camesha Davis (Desoto, Texas/Desoto HS), Rau Jua' Terry (Louisville, Ky./Fern Creek HS), Dorceive Davis (Port Arthur, Texas/Memorial HS), Brittany Mbamalu (Missouri City, Texas/Dulles HS), Kassie Jones (Lufkin, Texas/Lufkin HS) and Ginnesica Lawler (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./San Jacinto CC) have all signed on to join the Islanders program for the 2013-14 season.
"This class is one of the best I have ever been associated with," Chadwick said. "It has all the pieces of the puzzle. We have versatility, athleticism, scoring, rebounding and size. We are very excited for these young ladies to become a part of our Islanders' program and I'm proud of our staff and the great job they have done in recruiting these ladies. Kudos to Roxanne White, Darren Brunson and Geoff Grawn."
Camesha Davis, a 6-foot-1 forward/guard averaged 16 points and 8.5 rebounds at Desoto High School under head coach Larry Goad. In her most recent game, she scored 21 points and 12 rebounds.
"Camesha is a great basketball player," Chadwick said. "She has the versatility to play any position on the floor. She plays much bigger than her height, bringing scoring, rebounding and assists to her team. She played for one of the best coaches in the country at Desoto in Larry Goad. There is no doubt she is Division I ready now."
Terry, a 5-foot-7 guard at Fern Creek High School in Louisville, Ky. averaged 17 points per game last season under head coach Michelle Fries. She is ranked in the top 50 in her position in the country and is rated one of the top 250 players in the country by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
"Rau Jua' is a deadly shooter," Chadwick said. "Her ability to get open is uncanny. She has a very quick release and sees the entire floor on offense. I believe she will be a record setter in the Southland Conference."
Dorceive Davis, a 6-foot-2 forward averaged 11 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks last season at Memorial High School in Port Arthur, Texas. She is part of the National Honor Society, Top Teens of America and Woodmen of the World. She earned a spot on the All Star Team at the Lamar University Elite Camp and made the All-Tournament team at Lamar's Team Camp. She is ranked in the top 25 percent of her class academically.
"Our team is in definite need of height and Dorceive brings us a long frame and an inside out approach," Chadwick said. "Her capabilities on the offensive and defensive end bring us a presence. Her ability to rebound and her touch from the perimeter will add a tremendous shot in the arm to our team. She has good footwork and has been well coached. She is prepared to step in and make a contribution quickly."
Mbamalu is a 5-foot-8 guard from Missouri City, Texas, that can score. She averaged 28.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists at Dulles High School. In her most recent game she recorded 30 points, including 6-for-8 from behind the arc and only took 14 shots.
"Brittany is a scorer," Chadwick said. "She can play any position on the court from point guard to forward. She has a college ready body and a high basketball IQ. She comes from a family of collegiate athletes. She is three dimensional meaning she can shoot the three, get to the rim, draw the defense and kick. Her unselfishness on the court makes her a great team player."
Jones, a 5-foot-7 guard from Tyler, Texas, is a four-year letterwinner at Lufkin High School. She averaged 25.5 points as a junior under head coach Winfred Simmons. As a freshman and sophomore she earned second team all-district honors along with all-district academic accolades. She led the Panthers to the Bi-District Championships as a freshman. During her junior year she was tabbed the Offensive Player of the Year and earned first team all-district along with all-district academic honors. Jones played two years for the Houstonians AAU basketball team.
"Kassie is the offensive player of the year in her region," Chadwick said. "Enough said. She plays on a team where she has to fight through double and triple teams to get the job done. She is a winner and one of the fiercest competitors in the state. Her work ethic is exemplary and is the reason she is the player she is today."
Lawler is a 6-foot-2 forward transfer from Bloomfield Hills, Mich. and is averaging 16 points and eight rebounds at San Jacinto Community College.
"She goes by Big G," Chadwick said. "That should tell you all you need to know. At 6-foot-2 she moves with great uncanny ability. Her footwork is superb. Her passing skills are outstanding and she is a great teammate. She can hold down the paint offensively and defensively. She is the inside presence required to match up with quality opponent and her presence will be noticed immediately."
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