FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2005
Women's Basketball Signs Six Players to Letters of Intent
April 22, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Forward Kelly Ford (Jacksonville/University Christian) and Florida Junior College leading scorer forward Ashley Williams (Jacksonville/Arlington Country Day/North Florida CC) highlight six Florida natives the JU women's basketball team signed to National Letters of Intent, head coach Jill Dunn announced today.
Guards DaVina Hamilton (North Miami Beach, Fla.) and Regina Omoite (North Miami Beach, Fla.) of North Miami Beach High School, guard Virginia Gregoire (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) of Deerfield High School and center Precious Robinson (Orlando, Fla.) of Orlando Christian High School also signed with the Dolphins. The group joins guard Crystal Ayers (Tampa, Fla.) of Okaloosa Walton Junior College, who inked during the early signing period.
During their prep career, the JU 2005 signing class has combined to win three state titles, six regional championships and 16 district crowns, while also combining for a 305-57 overall record.
"We couldn't be happier with our first recruiting class at Jacksonville University," said head coach Jill Dunn, who became only the second head coach in program history this past season. "The added athleticism and versatility will be conducive to the up-tempo style of play that we want to implement next season. This phenomenal class of athletes also has a commitment to academics and wants to get this program heading in the right direction."
Ford, a 5-foot-11 post player, earned Second-Team All-First Coast honors as a senior after average of 15.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest and leading the Christians to a 29-5 record and their third district title with an. She also joined the 1,000 Point Club and was selected to the Jacksonville All-Star Game last year. As a junior, she earned third-team all-state and Second-Team All-First Coast accolades after leading the squad with 15.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. The Christians also went on to a 29-1 record and won their second district championship. As a sophomore, she helped lead the squad to a 26-6 record and a district title after averaging 12.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.
"Kelly is an athletic power forward who can score in transition because she runs the floor extremely well," Dunn said. "I think she can develop into a good post defender because of her quickness and versatility. We are extremely excited to keep her in Jacksonville."
Hamilton, a 5-foot-6 shooting guard, earned Second-Team All-Dade County honors and was named to the Dade-Broward All-Star Team as a senior after averaging 9.5 points, 11.3 assists and 9.1 rebounds per game. As a junior, she posted 11.8 points and 9.0 assists per game and was also named team MVP for the Hollywood Eagles AAU squad.
"DaVina has a ton of potential which has not been tapped yet," Dunn said. "She has the ability to break the defender down off the dribble, a knack for finding the open player and is a very good rebounder at the guard position."
Omoite, a 5-foot-5 point guard, earned First-Team All-Dade County honors and was named to the Dade-Broward All-Star Team as a senior after averaging 19.5 points, 6.3 assists per game with 58 three-pointers. As a junior, she earned team MVP honors after averaging 16.5 points and 9.0 assists per game, including 52 three pointers.
"Regina is a true point guard and leader because she knows how to run a team on the floor," said Dunn. "She is also a terrific three-point shooter who will add to our up-tempo style of play."
Gregoire, a 5-foot-8 shooting guard, earned first-team all-county honors as a senior after averaging 12.0 points, 6.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds and was named to the Florida 6A All-Tournament team. The Bucks finished with a 27-4 record and finished second in the state finals that same season. As a junior, she was named state championship MVP and honorable mention all-state after leading the squad to a 30-2 record and their second consecutive state title with an average of 10.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Gregoire helped lead Deerfield to a 30-5 record and a state championship as a sophomore. As a freshman, she led the Bucks to a 29-6 record and a second-place finish in state.
"Virginia is our most versatile recruit because she can play all three guard positions," said Dunn. "She has an outstanding three-point shot, sees the floor extremely well and comes from a winning program."
Robinson, a 6-foot post player, led Orlando Christian to a 24-4 record and a district, regional and Class 1A state title as a senior after averaging 10.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per contest. As a junior, she was named the Warriors' Best Offensive Player after averaging 12.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game and averaging 12.0 points and 9.0 rebounds as a sophomore, while leading the Warriors to a 20-5 record and a district and regional crown.
"Precious is a powerful interior player who knows how to position herself to score and rebound," Dunn said. "She is a very good passer and makes good decisions with the ball."
Williams, a 5-foot-11 post player, led all Florida Junior Colleges in scoring during the 2004-05 season and earned team MVP honors after averaging 22.0 points and 10.0 rebounds for the Sentinels. In her prep career, she averaged 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game as a senior at Arlington Country Day High School. She played her first three years at Wolfson High School. As a junior, she helped lead the Apaches to their third straight district championship with an average of 13.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.6 steals per game. As sophomore, Williams led the squad to its second consecutive district crown and earned co-MVP honors after averaging 11.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.1 steals. As a freshman, she posted 9.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals, while helping the squad a regional title.
"Ashley is another local player we're glad to keep at home," said Dunn. "She can score with her back to the basket or step out and face up. She also runs the floor well and is a good defender."
Under first-year head coach Jill Dunn, the Dolphins (6-21, 3-17 Atlantic Sun) overcame a rash of injuries to eclipse their win total from the previous season (3) and post the most wins in A-Sun play since 2002-03.
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