CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team has announced the addition of four student-athletes for the 2013-14 class, Head Coach Royce Chadwick announced today. Alexcia Harris (Houston/Angelina CC), Alissa Campanero (La Jolla, Calif./Odessa College), Adeshola Adebayo (Oklahoma City, Okla./Eastern Oklahoma State CC) and Shaynece Weaver (Arlington, Texas/Marshall University) are part of Coach Chadwick's and his coaching staff's first recruiting class to be added to the Island University.
"This is one of the finest spring classes in the Southland Conference," Chadwick said. "Couple this with our fall class and we have an extremely talented yet, young team. When they come together and mature, we will have a team to reckon with."
Harris, a 6-foot-2 forward averaged 12.8 points per game at Angelina Community College while recording 10.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. Harris originally signed with Arkansas State and will come to the Island University after earning Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Honorable All America honors.
"Lexi is a tremendous competitor," Chadwick said. "She is physical, strong and averaged a double-double last year. She was one of the best Junior College post players in the state. Her coach Byron Coleman did a great job in helping her reach her full potential and she will be a force in the Southland Conference."
Campanero is a 5-foot-4 point guard from San Diego, Calif. and led the Wranglers to a 20-8 season as a sophomore while playing in 27 of the 28 games. She shot 72 percent from the line and dished out 4.9 assists per game to earn all WJCAC conference honors. Prior to her sophomore season at Odessa CC, Campanero spent her freshman season with the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. She started in all 30 games and entered the record books in four different single season records while earning All Freshman WAC accolades. Campanero attended The Bishops School in La Jolla, Calif.
"AC is the epitome of a college basketball quarterback," Chadwick said. "She can run the show, shoot when left open and her strength is her creativity. She is also a tenacious defender and her experience at the control of the offense will be indispensable to our young team. I look forward to great things from her this fall."
Adebayo, a 5-foot-8 point guard from Oklahoma City, Okla. made starts in 28 of the 29 games at Eastern Oklahoma State Community College while averaging right at 16 points and seven rebounds per game. She tallied 38 minutes a game and collected 12 double-doubles en route to leading the Lady Mountaineers to the best turn-around season with a 23-7 record and a 16-2 record in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference. Adebayo earned First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Region honors while being tabbed Third Team NJCAA All-American. She highlighted her sophomore season with a game-high 37 points against No.11 Collin County and set a game-high 13 steals vs. Seminole State along with a game-high 13 rebounds vs. Connors State.
"Junior College All American," Chadwick said. "What else do you need to say? She can play any position on the perimeter. Her strength is in her scoring ability, but she can also handle the ball, distribute like a newspaper delivery girl, and she can run a team. Shola has a chance to set some records in our league and she is worth the price of admission to see her play."
Weaver is a 5-foot-8 transfer guard from Marshall University. After playing her freshman year under Chadwick, she led the team in scoring with over nine points per game while snaring 2.7 rebounds during her sophomore year. She also shot 34 percent from behind the arc to set the Thundering Herd all-time mark for three's made in a season with 69. Weaver will redshirt the 2013-14 season due to transfer rules.
"Shay played for us at Marshall during her freshman year and was one of the best freshmen in Conference USA," Chadwick said. "Her sophomore year she set single season records there, ones that may not be broken for some time. Due to transfer rules she will be redshirting this year, so we will polish her game and look out in 2014, because she has big time potential."
The four will join 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) who all signed in November to join the Islanders program for the 2013-14 season. Davis has recently been selected to play in the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) All-Star game in Austin, Texas.
"I can't say enough about the incredible job our assistant coaches did in recruiting these prospects," Chadwick said. "The hours, the miles, the hard work it takes to sign a class of this magnitude is phenomenal. Roxanne White, our recruiting coordinator, did a tremendous job and Darren Brunson and Geoff Grawn were awesome.
"The entire athletic staff made every recruit feel at home on their campus visit," Chadwick added. "I have heard, 'it takes a village to raise a child,' well it takes an entire athletic department to build a program. Thanks to their hard work, we are poised for a great future."
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