Women's Basketball signs three players to letters of intent

Nov. 22, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU women's basketball team signed forward Danielle Gray of Stephenson High School, guard Courtney Jackson of North Atlanta High School and forward/center Desarae Johnson of Riverside High School to National Letters of Intent, head coach Jill Dunn announced Tuesday.

"I definitely feel we have the program headed in the right direction with the three young ladies that we were fortunate enough to sign in this early recruiting period," said Dunn. "They all are extremely athletic and they add height to our roster."

Gray, a 6-foot senior, earned scholar athlete honors after helping the Jaguars to their third regional title and a spot in the state Final Four. As a sophomore and freshman, she averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds on the junior varsity squad before being moved up for the playoffs to contribute to a pair of regional championships and a state title. At the club level, she competed with the Georgia Hotshots.

"Danielle is an athlete and will be very versatile for us because she can play inside or out," said Dunn. "She has great size and jumps extremely well. She also plays on one of the best teams in the state of Georgia, so she knows how to win."

Jackson, a 5-foot-8 senior, earned first team all-city after leading the Warriors with an average of 17 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals per contest. As a sophomore, she was named honorable mention all-state and first team all-city after leading the squad to a 22-8 record by averaging 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jackson was named Rookie of the Year as a freshman after posting 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals per game. At the club level, she was invited to the All-Game Sports All-American Camp after averaging 16 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists in 2005.

"Courtney is an excellent 3 point shooter and has a nice pull up jumper," Dunn said. "She will be an offensive threat for us right away at the guard position."

Johnson, a 6-foot-1 senior, was named all-region and all-county after helping the Warriors to a 17-10 record. As a junior, she earned most improved honors on the team after helping the squad to a 15-10 record. Also lettered as a freshman and helped the team to a 15-7 record. At the club level, Johnson competed for the Carolina Comets and the South Carolina Lady 76ers in the AAU. As member of the 76ers, she led the squad to a state title. She is also a four-year letterwinner in track and field while competing in the 4x100-meter relay and the long and triple jumps.

"Desarae runs the floor as well as any post player I have seen," said Dunn. "She will fit right into our up-tempo system and also bring us an inside presence at the post position."