JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Signed. Sealed. Delivered. Today, the Jacksonville University women’s basketball team is pleased to announce the three players that will comprise Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin’s first recruiting class.
Suiting up in the Green and Gold next season will be Kayla Gordon, Imani Kyser and Shaleighya Sulton.
Gordon heads to Jacksonville from Meridian, Miss. Amassing 1,212 points and 800 rebounds at Meridian High School, the 5-11 forward was a 2012 Region 5-6A Player of the Year, three time All-Conference selection, and two-time Clarion Ledger Dandy Dozen selection which honors the top 12 players in the state. Leading her team in scoring and rebounding as a sophomore and junior, she averaged 17.2 points per game, 11.4 rebounds per game and shot 54% from the field in her third year.
“Kayla will be a physical presence for us,” said McCuin. “She is skilled enough to play on the perimeter and strong enough to play inside. She is a natural athlete, rebounder and scorer and best of all an awesome young lady.”
A native of Madison, Ala., Kyser joins JU after a successful stretch at Madison Academy. Standing at six feet tall, the young forward assisted Madison in reaching the 3A Nothwest Regional Championship game as a junior. She averaged eight points, nine rebounds and blocked 74 shots that year. No stranger to accolades, ESPN Hoopgurlz ranks Kyser a three-star recruit, she was selected to the 2012 Huntsville Times Elite Girls Basketball Team and was named to the 2012 All-Conference Team.
“Imani will be one of our most skilled inside players,” said McCuin. “She is a natural shot blocker and she also rebounds the ball well. My staff and I call her the “quiet assassin” and we hope to see her break out of her shell her freshman year.”
Completing the 2014 class is Sulton, a 5-11 guard from Little Mountain, S.C. As a junior, she led Chapin High School in scoring, averaging 14.8 PPG along with 8.5 RPG, 2.3 APG and 1.7 BPG. She has collected 781 points and 495 rebounds during her career while earning All Region, Region 4-3A Defensive Player of the Year, and Region 4-3A MVP honors.
“Le-Le is a great person and a tremendous athlete,” continued McCuin. “Her toughness will and energy will be felt the day she steps on campus and I am looking forward to watching her grow here at JU.”
“We are very excited about this recruiting class,” wrapped McCuin. “My coaches have worked extremely hard to help identify young people that fit the JU brand- student-athletes that are competitive on the court and in the classroom. They will all make an immediate impact. What I am most excited about is the type of people that they are. We are blessed to have them join our family.”