CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi women's basketball team continues to add to its solid 2014-15 signing class, as it added Jaiton Walls (Round Rock, Texas/Stony Point) and Olivia Fouty (Toledo, Ohio/Eastern Michigan University), head coach Royce Chadwick announced Thursday.
Walls comes to the Islanders looking to help A&M – Corpus Christi's presence down low, as she is a 6-foot-3 center.
"We are very excited to add Jaiton to our family," Chadwick said. "I believe she has unlimited potential as a Division I athlete. She has a great frame, soft hands and outstanding post skills. Plus, she is a proven winner, as her high school team was a perennial power. Jaiton will be a force in the Southland Conference once she adjusts to the college game."
In her senior campaign, Walls helped guide the No. 14 Tigers to a 29-8 record and a spot in the regional quarterfinals. During the 2013-14 season, Walls averaged 6.3 points per game, as well as 6.3 rebounds a game. She also made her presence felt in the paint defensively, swatting 1.9 shots away per game.
"Jaiton is a great young lady," Stony Point head coach Keith Allen said. "She has the highest of character, is a team player, a great leader and a quality individual. A&M – Corpus Christi is getting a great player."
Fouty comes to the Island University as a transfer out of Eastern Michigan, but will be eligible immediately, as she has already graduated from EMU. Fouty is a 5-foot-11 forward from Toledo, Ohio, who will look to make an immediate impact for A&M – Corpus Christi.
"Olivia brings a level of expertise to our program," Chadwick said. "She is an accomplished athlete who is versatile and can play multiple positions. She can post you inside or shoot the three outside. She can also play finesse basketball or power basketball. Plus, she is a winner. She will be a welcome addition to our team, and will make a difference from day one."
Fouty will come to A&M – Corpus Christi as a graduate student, and will play her final year with the Islanders as a redshirt senior. During her time with the Eagles, she averaged 7.2 points per game to go along with 6.4 rebounds per game, pulling down more than 500 rebounds in her sophomore and junior years combined.
In those two seasons she also shot at 43.4 percent from the field her sophomore year, followed by a 45.2 percentage her junior season, while also tallying at least 50 assists each year.
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