Women's basketball coach has high expectations for new recruits

05.13.2014 | By Rob Vanya

Pearland High School girls basketball player Miranda LeJune, seated, recently signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball next season at San Jacinto College. People showing their support (standing) include, from left, Jessica Peppers (aunt), Tommie Estrada (grandmother), San Jacinto College volunteer assistant coach Kevin Jackson, Tommie L. LeJune (mother), and Brenita Williams-Jackson, San Jacinto College women's basketball head coach. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

San Jacinto College Women's Basketball Head Coach Brenita Williams-Jackson has high expectations for a group of talented players who have recently signed National Letters of Intent to play for the team next season.

“We are not finished recruiting, but feel like we have a good core group signed so far,” the coach commented. “All the players who signed come from quality high school programs, they are competitors, and understand how to play the game at a high level.”

Williams-Jackson has put a lot of effort into scouting the recruits, paying particular attention to the work ethic of the high school players. “We wanted to see how they responded under adversity and how they interacted with teammates and coaches,” Williams-Jackson said. “We want not only talented players, but hard workers that want to develop, want to compete and want to be a part of something special that we are tirelessly working to build here at San Jac.”

The seven high school graduates who have so far signed to play at San Jacinto College include: • Miranda LeJune, a 5-6 Pearland High School All-state and All-region guard who averaged 7 points and 7 assists per game in 2013-2014;

  • Jazsmin Nelson, a 5-11 McKinney High School All-region forward who averaged 10 points and 8 rebounds per game in 2013-2014;
  • Vanessa Jones, a 5-10 Marcus High School (Flower Mound) All-state and All-region guard, and district co-offensive most valuable player, who averaged 10 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals per game in 2013-2014;
  • Kristel Reid, a 5-11 B.F. Terry High School (Rosenberg) All-region guard who averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds per game in 2013-2014;
  • Michelle Parker, a 6-0 Southwood High School (Shreveport, Louisiana) All-state and All-region forward who averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds per game in 2013-2014;
  • Kaelynn Wilson, a 6-0 Wagner High School (San Antionio) forward who lead her team to an undefeated district record and averaged 10 points and 7 rebounds per game in 2013-2014;
  • Whitney Thompson, a 5-10 Everman High School (Everman) All-region guard who averaged 8 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals per game in 2013-2014.

The new players will join five returning players who will be counted on for leadership: Nekeita Bailey, Sarah Davis, Brittani Austin, Raven Wilson, and Kendra Howard, who led the team in scoring last season at 18.8 points per game, and who was named to the Region XIV all-region and all-conference teams.

“My main goal once our new players are in place, is to get them to commit themselves one hundred percent and become one as a team,” commented Williams-Jackson. “We have a great foundation set with standards and discipline, and these freshmen coming in understand the challenge and are ready to elevate this program.”

For more information about the San Jacinto College women's basketball program, please visit www.sanjacsports.com.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College's job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College. For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, visit www.sanjac.edu, or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SanJacintoCollege.