. – With the April signing period underway, Jacksonville University head women’s basketball coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin
continued to bolster her 2014 freshmen class with the addition of three new Dolphins. On Thursday, April 17, high school standouts Jazlynd Rollins
(Gainesville, FL/Buchholz), Keanua Williams
(Sumter, SC/Crestwood) and Brandi Buie
(Cuthbert, GA/Randolph Clay) signed National Letters of Intent to join JU for the upcoming season.
“My staff and I are extremely excited about putting final touches on our 2014 recruiting class,” said McCuin. “With five seniors graduating, it was so important for us to fill those spots with people of great character and talent. Like previously stated, these student-athletes fit the JU brand which means they will be competitive on the floor as well as in the classroom. All three ladies are great people and the Jacksonville Community will enjoy their presence.”
5’7 | G | Gainesville, FL /Buchholz High School
Instrumental in leading her team to the Florida State Tournament in three straight years which included a Class 7A State Title in 2012-13, Jazlynd Rollins finished with a stellar career at Buchholz High School under Coach Rebecca Williams. In her senior year alone, she scored 646 points and topped the 38 point scoring mark twice in the regular season. Rollins ended her career with 1402 points, 267 rebounds, 130 steals and 288 assists. Among the numerous awards she received on the court were All Area Second Team in 2011 and 2012 and All Area First Team honors in 2013 and 2014. She was named to the Class 7A All-State team as both a junior and senior and was also the 7A District Game MVP in 2014 when she scored 31 points, collected 10 rebounds and dished out eight assists. She played club basketball for Central Florida Elite under Coach Al Honor. Rollins is the daughter of William “Doc” and Atawa Rollins and has three older brothers.
“Jaz is a tremendous athlete and person. She’s a really good defender and has a knack for scoring. Her style of play fits our system perfectly and we expect her to make an immediate impact next season.”
5’10 | G | Sumter, SC/Crestwod High School)
Williams is fresh off a memorable senior campaign where she was named to the prestigious South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association AAA All-State team. Playing for Coach Tony Wilson, she helped Crestwood to a 25-4 record and led them all the way to the AAA State Championship game. Her many highlights include receiving a McDonald’s All-American Nomination, Lake Marion Tournament MVP, and being named as a Top 5 senior in South Carolina. In her senior year she averaged 15 points, four steals and six assists per game. Williams was honored this year for topping the 1000 point mark in career scoring. During her career she was named to the South Carolina Region 3 First Team in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Williams is the daughter of Edward and Vanessa Blanding and has four brothers and sisters.
“Keanua will be able to play multiple positions for us. Her size and skill level will give her a great advantage when on the floor. We expect her to make an immediate impact next season as well.”
5’6 | G | Cuthbert, GA/Randolph Clay High School
Buie completed a senior season that featured a Georgia Class A State Championship and accolades as the Georgia Class A Player of the Year. Playing for Coach Jennifer Acree, she led Randolph Clay to a 27-4 record last season as she averaged 24 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, and five steals per game. Buie also collected First Team All-State honors and was named the Albany Herald’s Player of the Year. Over the course of her career, she scored over 1500 points, collected 237 steals and was named All Team First Region every year of her high school career. She was also named the Region Player of the Year in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Brandi played AAU for the Southeastern Lady Blazers for Coach Joe Foster. She is the daughter of Andria Starling and Kenneth Buie and has three brothers and sisters.
“Brandi is a good player and an even better person! She has an incredible motor and a willingness to be great at all times. Brandi is a flat-out scorer and we expect her to make an immediate impact next season.”
Rollins, Williams and Buie will join three other committees in Kayla Gordon
, Imani Kyser
and Shaleighya Sulton
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