by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University women's basketball team and head coach John Carrick announced the signing of three new recruits, Chimere Jordan, Shaquana Bleach and Deja Montgomery, today (May 5).
Jordan, a Gulf Coast Community College transfer, is a native of Gray, Ga. and a Jones County High School graduate, playing under head coach Kurt Greene. The 5-foot-8 guard averaged 13.5 points per game with 4.2 rebounds for the Lady Commodores during her freshman season. Jordan helped lead her team to a national championship her first season with Gulf Coast, earning a spot on the All-Conference team under head coach Roonie Scovel.
"We're really excited to have a local kid sign with the program," said Georgia College head coach John Carrick. "We know her faithful followers will help us fill the gym, not to mention her great talent. She has also played under great coaches in both high school and at the junior college level."
The Jones County grad led her team to an unprecedented 12th Panhandle Conference title, scoring 17.2 points per contest and snagging 5.7 boards as a sophomore. She was a first team All-Conference pick and a first team selection on the NJCAA All-American list. Jordan was also named a WBCA State Farm Coaches' All-American.
Bleach comes to Georgia College by way of Truett-McConnell College. Originally from Ellenwood, Ga., the 5-foot-6 guard is a Morrow High School grad, who played under head coach Yolanda Jenkins. As a freshman, Bleach averaged 20 points a game, scoring a season high of 39 in one contest. Her first season with the Bears, she was ranked first in the nation for three-point shooting at 53 percent and seventh in the nation for individual scoring. She also was named to the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association First Team All-Conference.
"She is an excellent student and one heck of a shooter," Carrick said. "I can't wait to work with such a great all-around student athlete."
As a junior at Truett-McConnell, Bleach put up an average of 18.3 points per game and became a part of the Bears' 1,000 Points Club Feb. 14. She ranked 18th in the nation for individual scoring while playing under head coach Charlie Anderson. The two-time player of the week was also named to the All-Conference first team for the second-consecutive year.
Montgomery, a 6-foot forward, is another junior college transfer, coming from Daytona State College. The Irmo, S.C. native averaged eight points and eight boards a game for the Lady Falcons during her sophomore season, under head coach Cal Cochran.
"Deja is a good student athlete and will add needed depth at the post position for us," Carrick said.
The Bobcats are graduating three players this year, including leading scorer Tiauna Brantley (Woodstock, Ga.). Georgia College had a 17-11 record for the 2008-09 campaign, a season that saw the Bobcats reach as high as No. 6 in the NCAA Regional Rankings. The returning ‘Cats will need to step up their game next year, as the new recruits look to vie for playing time.
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