Thursday, May 19, 2011

James Madison signs JUCO point guard

Junior college point guard Tanica Anderson of Midland (Texas) College has signed with James Madison.

The 5-5 Anderson was an All-Western Junior College Athletic Conference, an All-Region V selection and team MVP her sophomore year. She averaged 8.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.5 steals this past season as she helped lead the Lady Chaparrals to a 27-6 record, a Western Junior College Athletic Conference Championship and an appearance in the Region V Tournament finals. She was a two-year starter for the Lady Chaps and started all 33 games as a sophomore. 

In addition to being an all-state basketball player for Marietta (Okla) High, she is a five-time state champion and holds the state record in the 400. She was part of a 6-girl team that won the track state title in Class 3A in 2009, the first in school history.

Anderson picked James Madison over TCU and is among six newcomers. The others are Achiri Ade, Toia Giggetts, Jazman Gwathmey, Crystal Ross and Briana Jones.

On why she signed with James Madison: "I believe (head coach Kenny Brooks) can turn me into a better player and make me more skilled at the point guard position. I also really like the girls, they made me feel real welcome. They said they really needed me and they need a starting point guard to come in right away. I'm going to have to work hard, of course, and work for my position."

Midland coach Ron Jones on Anderson: "I think if she had a preference, she might have stayed closer to home but she had a great weekend there and they did a great job of recruiting her. They want her to be their point guard. I think she went to a good program and I think she'll do well in the Colonial Athletic Association.

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