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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • JUCO Hoops: Six additions to Vols roster add to hoopsters’ size, depth

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  • Two sophomore transfers and four incoming freshmen make up the newcomers’ list for the John A. Logan College women’s basketball team.
    Sophomore transfers include Kardejah Jamerson, a 6-foot-1 forward transfer from Lakeland, Tenn. and Daryus Franklin, a 5-foot-6 guard from Louisville, Ky. Jamerson played last year for LeMoyne Owen College, a small four-year school in Memphis, where she averaged 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Franklin averaged 14 points per game with Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo.
    Incoming freshmen are: Sarah Bailey, a 5-foot-8 guard from Moweaqua; Alison Webb, a 6-foot center from Goreville; Bobbie Harris, a 5-foot-6 guard from Carbondale; and Rebecca Grimeau, a 6-foot-2 center from Le Lamentin, Martinique, France.
    Bailey said she wasn’t sure if she wanted to continue her basketball career.
    “It was kind of a last-minute decision,” she said. “But I’m glad I made the decision to play. I’m excited about being here. I like everyone on the team and the coaches. I can’t wait for the games to start.”
    A three-sport athlete in high school, Bailey described herself as a “pretty tough” competitor.
    “I’m a decent jump shooter, but still need to improve on my ballhandling skills,” she said. “I’m hoping I can help improve the team.”
    Grimeau said she hopes to be an impact player around the basket, both offensively and defensively.
    “I think I’m a pretty good player who can help score and rebound. I am looking forward to the challenge of playing college basketball. It’s always been a dream of mine to play at the next level,” she said.
    Jamerson said her original thought was to attend SIUC on an academic scholarship, but when she learned it wouldn’t be offered until the spring, she decided to stick with basketball at the JUCO level with Logan.
    “As a player, I’m very athletic. I can shoot, rebound and play about any position,” she said. “As for this coming season…whatever I can do to help the team.”
    Franklin said her year of college experience should make the transition much easier at Logan.
    “My hope is to improve throughout the year and do whatever I can to help the team,” she said. “I’m very vocal and would like to think that I’m a leader on the floor. I do my best to be helpful with my teammates. Coming to Logan is quite a change for me, but it’s good change. I’m looking forward to the season.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Returning lettermen for the Vols include: sophomores Jessica Hirsch (Du Quoin); Aneta Sloma (Livingston, Ky.), Briya Wilborn (Countryside); BreAnn Denny (Indianapolis); Ashley Yateman (Indianapolis); Marissa Nix (Salem); Dianne Sales (Chicago); and Andrea Kesler (Carterville).
    Vols head coach Marty Hawkins said he is hopeful that the mix of eight returning lettermen with six new faces will result in more wins this coming season.
    “Well, we’ve definitely added some size and athletic ability in the off season,” he said. “I already thought we were pretty deep at the guard spot and now we have some help for our front line sophomores – Nix, Yateman and Sales – with the signing of Grimeau, Jamerson and Webb. I think we have a lot of tools to work with and could develop into a very good team.”
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