Breigha Wilder-Cochran Joining Women's Basketball in 2013
May 8, 2013
MEMPHIS - - The University of Memphis women's basketball team has received a scholarship agreement from 5-9 guard Breigha (pronounced BREE-ah) Wilder-Cochran out of Hoover, Ala./Hoover HS, it was announced by Memphis head coach Melissa McFerrin, Wednesday. Wilder-Cochran becomes the third signee for the Tigers for the 2013-14 season, joining 6-1 combo guard Taylor Williams (Kansas City, Kan./Bishop Ward High School) and 6-2 forward Brandi Goodman (Troy, Tenn./Obion County Central HS).
""We are excited about the signing of Breigha. She is a big, versatile guard that can play both guard positions and can be a reliable ball-handler. She has a high basketball IQ and a good base skill set that will allow her to be an impactful transition guard in our system. She is comfortable getting to the rim and finding the open player. Defensively, her length, athleticism, and work ethic will allow her to be a very effective on-the-ball defender in the full court. She comes from high-level AAU and high school programs that have been very successful and know how to win. Breigha will bring attributes to our locker room, practice, and in our huddles that will continue our efforts of creating a winning culture in our program."
Wilder-Cochran helped her Hoover High School team to an impressive 130-12 record in her four years including three state championships (2010, 2012, 2013) and a state runner-up finish (2011). A three-start recruit by ESPNHoopgurlz.com, Wilder-Cochran is the No. 28 ranked guard in her class and averaged 10.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game at Hoover High School. She led the team with 78 steals and shot 60 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 85 percent from the free-throw line.
Wilder-Cochran was recently named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 6A all-state team and was The Birmingham News area Player of the Year in 2013. A three-year starter at Hoover, Wilder-Cochran and head coach Tiffany Frederick guided the Bucs team to a 33-4 overall record in her senior campaign, an Alabama Class 6A State Championship a No. 14 national ranking by maxpreps.com, and a No. 16 national ranking by USA Today. Wilder-Cochran played in the Alabama North-South All-Star game as a junior and the Alabama vs. Mississippi All-Star game as a senior and was named MVP for the area tournament this past season. She also played AAU ball with both Essence & the Alabama Twisters, where she was coached by Kim Davis and Chris Anderson.
The daughter of Reginald and Renee Cochran, Wilder-Cochran will join Memphis as it moves to the American Athletic Conference effective July 1. The 2013-14 conference will consist of Cincinnati, Connecticut, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers, Southern Methodist (SMU), South Florida (USF), Temple and Central Florida (UCF).