Monday, July 20, 2015

Comings and Goings XI: Norfolk State

Michelle Wright joins the Spartans                                         
Here's a look at Norfolk State's Comings and goings.

The series so far:

Comings and Goings: Old Dominion
Comings and Goings: Richmond
Comings and Goings: George Mason
Comings and Goings: Virginia
Comings and Goings: Virginia Tech
Comings and Goings: William and Mary
Comings and Goings: VCU
Comings and Goings: Liberty
Comings and Goings: Longwood
Who's going

Rae Corbo, 5-6 G started in all 30 games her senior year, leading scorer with 20.8 ppg
Ebony Brown, 5-9 F, played in 14 games, 2.1 ppg
Jazamine Gray, 5.4 F, 4.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, started all 30 games
Aivah Parham, 5-10 F, 4.7 ppg, 5.1 ppg
Io Chaney, 5-11 G/F, played in 12 games, averaged 1.2 ppg, has transferred to American University

The huge loss is Corbo, a should-of-been MEAC first-teamer who delivered consistently last season with 15 20-point games and was clutch in the conference tournament.

Who's coming
Michelle Wright, 5-10 F Baltimore (Baltimore City Community College/Dunbar High), Maryland Junior College Player of the Year after leading Baltimore City with 20.7 ppg, 9.9 rpg and 3.6 spg; will have two years of eligibility remaining; also shot 33 percent from 3; led Dunbar to consecutive Class A state titles and was first-team All-Metro (Baltimore Sun), spent her freshman year at Moberly (Missouri) Community College
Ashante Doby, 5-5 G, Palm Beach, Fla. (Miami Dade College/Palm Beach High), first-team All-Southern Conference honors, averaging 8.4 ppg, 3.3 apg, 2.4 spg; shot 36 percent from 3, attended Palm Beach Central for one year after graduating Palm Beach High
Quiera Gilmore, 5-6 G, Charlotte, N.C. (Ardrey Kell High) averaged 5.6 ppg, 5 apg, 3.1 spg
Yazmen Hannah, 5-7 G, Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High), AP all-state selection, led Hickory to 47-0 finish and 3A state championship
Alexys Long, Clinton, Md. 5-10 F, (Largo High), 12.7 ppg,  younger sis of NSU men's signee Alex Long
Kiara Phillips, 5-10 G, Melbourne, Australia: Gulf Coast State: The Australian played in 26 games last season, averaging 4.7 ppg and 1.3 rpg; will have two years of eligibility remaining; her twin sis, Tenaya, plays professionally in Australia

Exciting to see the Spartans sign such a sizable class. Expect Wright to be an early contributor given her impressive resume that will complement the offensive prowess of Kayla and Nia Roberts. Debra Clark looks ready to build on last season's success that included an 11-5 conference mark, a defeat of Hampton and a trip to the MEAC Tournament semifinals.

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