Lady Wildcats Sign Four to NLI for 2013-14
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Bethune-Cookman sixth-year women’s basketball Head Coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis announced the signing of her 2013-14 early class to National Letters of Intent on Monday (Nov. 25), as the Wildcats welcome their four-woman 2014 class to the Daytona Beach campus.
“We are excited about this year’s recruiting class,” Coach Blair-Lewis commented. “The coaching staff has done a wonderful job identifying the needs of the program and attracting talented young women to don the Maroon and Gold.”
“I am anxiously anticipating their arrival and the contributions they will make to the program,” Blair-Lewis added.
The incoming class represents a variety of positions and is also diverse in origin, drawing both a pair of in-state talents and two more from the Midwest, bolstering depth across the lineup. The Lady Wildcats will be joined by a pair of post players, with the other two slated to make their appearance in the backcourt. All four come to B-CU from the high school ranks.
Adding to the height gained with the 2013 class, the Lady Wildcats brought in 6-2 center Celia Wojcik (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) out of Coral Springs Charter High School. Wojcik has held her varsity starter position since her freshman year, aiding the Panthers to consecutive 4A State Finals appearances. She averaged a double double of 10 points and 11 rebounds during her junior year, in addition to 2.0 blocks per outing. Wojcik has good low-post moves, hands and footwork, and is capable of hitting the mid-range jumper. She earned all-county nods in both 2011-12 (second team) and 2013-13 (honorable mention).
“We are excited about Celia and the presence she will have on the block for us,” Blair-Lewis said. “She is talented in more areas than just a traditional post player. Her versatility to step off the block in the post only adds to her impressive skill set. She will provide much-needed depth at that position.”
Also joining the Lady Wildcats in the frontcourt, Lyndsey Edwards (Indianapolis, Ind.) comes to Daytona Beach from nationally renowned Pike High School. A 5-11 forward, Edwards earned honorable mention all-county and All-Conference Indiana accolades last season, in addition to being selected as an Indiana Class Basketball All-Star. As a junior she averaged 7.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 blocks per game. She is a four-year varsity player who earned Pike’s Most Improved Player Award in 2012 and also the PHS Mental Attitude Award. Edwards will bring good athleticism, footwork and physicality to the post position, as a proven rebounder who can also run the floor well.
“Lyndsey is a high energy player,” Blair-Lewis said. “She has the ability to face up to the basket and attack off of the dribble. She will be able to extend traditional defenders and use her speed to score. Adding to her offensive ability is her tenacious defense. She is skilled enough to not just defend post players, but also possesses the quickness to defend guards.”
The first of two players joining the Lady Wildcats as guards, JaVannah Jackson (East Cleveland, Ohio) hails from Shaw High School. The 5-5 combo guard not only has performed on the court as a four-year varsity player, but also in the classroom as a National Honor Society member. Jackson averaged 10 points, 6.0 assists and 4.2 steals per game as a junior, and is a multi-sport athlete, also earning All-LEL (2012) honors in cross country. She is capable of playing as a point guard or shooting guard and handles the ball well.
“JaVannah is an exciting and vocal player,” Blair-Lewis said. “She is a guard who can score from the outside and slash to the basket. Her best quality is the way she locks down defensively, and applies smothering defensive pressure.”
Joining her in the backcourt is Wojcik’s teammate from Coral Springs Charter High School, Emily Williams (Deerfield Beach, Fla.). A 5-2 point guard, Williams is a first team All-Broward County and second team Florida All-State honoree, in addition to being the reigning Broward County 4A Girl’s Basketball Player of the Year, leading the team into the State Finals the past two seasons. She averaged 12.4 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game as a junior. Williams is a small, but quick point guard who is seen as a born leader. She can score in a variety of ways, handle the ball and is also a solid passer and defender.
“Great things come in small packages and Emily surely is great,” Blair-Lewis said. “We are excited to have a player of her caliber that is a true point guard. She is versatile in that not only can she run the team effectively, but she can shoot the long ball and can attack the basket and finish.”
The Lady Wildcats continue in the 2013-14 campaign with a home matchup versus fellow HBCU Edward Waters of Jacksonville, at 7 p.m. next Monday, Dec. 2, inside the friendly confines of Richard V. Moore Gymnasium.
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