Lady Tiger Basketball Inks Four To 2001-02 Squad
Nov. 10, 2000
MEMPHIS, TENN. - University of Memphis women's basketball coach Joye Lee-McNelis announced today the signing of four players to National Letters of Intent for the 2001-02 Lady Tiger squad.
The four signees hail from four different states as McNelis signed Latrice Booker of Winnfield, La., Jeralynn Campbell of Thonotosassa (Tampa), Fla., Jennifer Sullivan of Jonesboro, Ark., and Raven Rogers of Jackson, Miss. Rogers is the sister of current Lady Tiger Tamika Rogers who is out for the 2000-01 season with a torn ACL that she suffered in preseason drills.
"We feel this is the best recruiting class that we have had on paper," said McNelis. "As we all know, they will have to prove themselves once they get on the court next year. We are very pleased to have each of these athletes in our program and we believe that they will make an impact as newcomers.
Booker and Campbell were the first two players to ink with the Lady Tigers, signing on the first day of the early signing period. Booker, a 6-2 center/forward, prepped at Winnfield High School where she is a two-time all-district honoree. She averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds last year as a junior, and was named to the All-District 2-3A second team. She has also had a successful AAU career, leading her squad to a first-place finish last year in the 16-under division. Also a member of the track team, Booker has received the Athletic Scholastic Award for the last three years and was named Miss Basketball at a Louisiana Lady Techster basketball camp in 1996.
"Latrice is a left-handed post player who will give us the offensive ability to put up big numbers," said McNelis. "She is an athletic post player that can make things happen in our full-court press."
Campbell was the second player to sign with the Lady Tigers, signing her letter of intent Wednesday afternoon. A 6-2 post player, Campbell averaged 20 points, 14 rebounds and 13 blocked shots last year as a junior at Armwood High School outside of Tampa, Fla. As a junior, Campbell was named to the all-county and the all-state teams as well as an honorable mention all-American. She was also named as a Hillsborough County Athlete of the Week.
"I chose the University of Memphis because of the coaching staff and because of the treatment that I received from the players," said Campbell. "On my official visit, I really felt like I fit in. Memphis has been recruiting me for a long time and I always knew back in my mind that I was going to be a Lady Tiger."
Sullivan waited a day to sign with the Lady Tigers, inking her name on Thursday. A 5-10 forward/guard, Sullivan has lettered three years at Jonesboro High School where she averaged 15.0 points and 5.4 rebounds as a junior. Sullivan is a former all-state and all-conference honoree. She was selected as a McDonald's Shootout Player of the Game and is a three-time Best Under the Sun pick by the Jonesboro Sun.
"Both Jeralynn and Jennifer should make a great impact on this squad next year," said McNelis. "Jennifer will provide us with the athleticism that we have needed at the wing to create a shot at any time. Jeralynn will provide us with the physical play that we have missed since the graduation of Tamika Whitmore from the program."
Rogers was the last of the four to sign with the Lady Tigers, signing her letter of intent on Friday morning. A 5-10 guard, Rogers is expected to step in and take the place of Kelly Herron, who is currently one of the Lady Tigers' most impressive outside shooting threats. Rogers, who prepped at Murrah High School in Jackson, Miss., has led her squad to three straight state championships. As a junior, she averaged 17.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in leading the Lady Mustangs to a 32-1 record. Last year she was named as a second teamer on the all-state squad.
"Raven will come in as one of the best outside shooters we've ever had," McNelis stated. "She is deadly behind the arc, and at the same time, she can take you off the dribble."
"Not only will all four of these players make an impact on the court, but also in the community," added McNelis. "They are all young ladies of strong character who possess the self-motivation to succeed on the court, in the classroom and in life itself."
The Lady Tigers will host Christian Brothers University on Monday, Nov. 13, in the final exhibition game of the season. Memphis will open the regular season on Nov. 18 against the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks at The Pyramid. Tip-off for that meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m.