Monday, August 3, 2015

Comings and Goings XIII: Hampton

Chanel Green
Here's our final installment of Comings and Goings with a look at Hampton.

The rest of the series is here with an updated note on George Mason's Jasmine Jackson. Makes us giddy for the season!

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
Comings and Goings: Norfolk State
Comings and Goings: Radford

Who's going

Kenia Cole 5-4 Sr. G; graduated, made 17 starts and averaged 7.6 ppg and 3.5 rpg, second in the MEAC in apg (3.9)
Kyani White, 5-7 Sr. G;  graduated, started 29 games and averaged 10.3 ppg, MEAC 3-pt FG percentage leader (.436)
Jackie Marshall 5-9 Sr. G; graduated, played sparingly, scoring just 56 points all season
Lauren Johnson 5-6 Sr. G; graduated, played sparingly, scoring just 23 points all season
Tyler Hobgood, 6-1 R-Jr. F; graduated, made 12 starts and averaged 2.2 ppg; 
Brielle Ward, 6-2 R-Jr. F; graduated and will play her final year of eligibility at St. Francis; started 47 games and averaged more than 20 minutes per game the last two season; averaged 6.9 rpg last season
Barbara Burgess: the former assistant is now head coach at Delaware State

White developed as a scorer at Hampton after transferring in from East Carolina; her 10.3 ppg was second to Malia Tate-DeFreitas (21.3 ppg). Cole's steady hand will also be missed; she led the MEAC in assist-to-turnover ratio. Ward will be asked to fill in the void left by the graduation of three posts for the Red Flash, 6-23 last season.

Who's coming

Leah Whitehead, 6-2 F, Laurel, Md., (Pallotti High) -- transferred to the Maryland private school from Arundel High for her senior year
K'Lynn Willis, 5-5 PG, Detroit (Cass Tech); the point guard has been called "lightning in a bottle," by Pirates coach David Six
Dejanae James, 5-4 G, Hartford, Conn. (Weaver High); slick passer also recruited by Drexel and Marist
Chanel Green; 5-4 G, Washington, D.C., (East Carolina); the transfer played high school ball at Woodson and sat out last season due to NCAA rules; earned invite to the Nike Skills Academy in high school; did not put up significant numbers for ECU; will have two years of eligibility remaining
Janell Crayton: the former assistant at UNC Asheville joins Six's staff

Green's experience and quickness at guard should mesh well with a Hampton team that struggled to find scoring at the guard spot a year ago when a last-second basket in the MEAC tournament quarterfinals to Maryland-Eastern Shore prevented a run to a sixth straight title. James' basketball IQ could afford her early playing time, joining a returning nucleus that includes reigning conference Player of the Year Tate-DeFreitas, Kaylah Lupoe, Ryan Jordan and Georgianna Gilbeaux. Lupoe emerged as a scorer late in the season, scoring 81in a four-game span.

Jephany Brown, a 6-0 forward from Washington, D.C., who ranks as one of the top five junior college prospects in the nation and played high school ball with Green, signed with Hampton but her availability is uncertain until she finishes summer session at Walters State (Tenn.) Community College. Taylor Pate, a 6-2 forward/center form Proviso West High in Hillside, Ill., will not be attending Hampton this fall.

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