Thursday, April 25, 2013

Touted JUCO All-American not JMU bound after all

An Aggie instead of a Duke

Texas A&M or James Madison?

Achiri Ade, the decorated junior college post player, signed with Texas A&M on Thursday.

The 6-1 Ade, whose hometown is Baltimore, initially signed with JMU, a great get for the Dukes at the time given she was rated a four-star prospect by as the No. 27 forward and No. 92 overall prospect of the 2011 class. But under CAA rules, she was a non-qualifier, sending the Seton Keough High graduate the junior college route.

Ade played the last two seasons at Midland College in Midland, Texas, where she led the Lady Chaps to the NJCAA Sweet 16 last season. An NJCAA All-American, Ade averaged 14.1 ppg and 12.4 rpg with 22 double-doubles. And what can we say? Despite the manageable drive from Harrisonburg to Baltimore, Ade opted to remain in the Lone Star state.

But this just in from Kenny Brooks via Twitter: room. Love the combination of and

It appears the stable is full at JMU, as Brooks notes the Dukes are in good shape with Nikki Newman returning along with Jazmon Gwathmey and Toia Giggetts.

We still think the Dukes boast the best youth in the CAA (remember, they have Precious Hall, too) and we'll be following Ade. We wish she were wearing purple in Harrisonburg rather than maroon in College Station, but we're liking the post game of the Dukes for the 2013-14 season.


  1. AS well as the players already mentioned, JMU will have the talents of 6-3 Lauren Okafor, a transer from Providence who sat out the 2012-13 season.

  2. Indeed. We're looking forward to seeing the 6-3 center, who started 24 games her sophomore season and made the Big East All-Freshman team, in a JMU uniform.