Troy women’s hoops signs six

TROY, Ala. (troytrojans.com) – Troy women’s basketball head coach Chanda Rigby announced the signing of six student-athletes on Wednesday as the NCAA early signing period began.

The Trojans added Queen Ford (Sipsey Valley, Ala.), Sky’Lynn Holmes (Mt. Pleasant, Texas), Shaterrika O’Neal (Winter Haven, Fla.), Jasmine Robinson (Augusta, Ga.), Jasmine Sanders (Charlotte, N.C.) and Janiah Sandifer (Nashville, Tenn.). All six will join the program in 2017-18.

Queen Ford | 6-3 | Center | Sipsey Valley High School

Collegiate Girls Basketball Report Rankings: National – 145 / Position – 23

• Two-time all-state selection
• School single-game record for blocks (10)
• School single-game record for rebounds (21)
• Averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks per game
• Tuscaloosa News West Alabama Super 5 All Star
• AHSAA North MVP of 2016 All-Star Game

Rigby on Ford: “A 6-foot-3 running, leaping post player is not easy to find. To be able to add a player with those qualities from the state of Alabama to our roster is a huge bonus to our program.”

Sky’Lynn Holmes | 6-1 | Forward | Tyler Junior College

Collegiate Girls Basketball Report Rankings: National 23 / Position – 4

• Named all-conference and all-region
• NJCAA All-American honorable mention
• Third Top 25 junior college player to sign under Chanda Rigby

Rigby on Holmes: “What a player! Sky’s body type, athleticism, and skill set are a triple threat that any coach would be proud to add to the roster. She is doing big things for coach Trenia Tillis-Jones at Tyler Junior College, and I believe she will make a significant immediate impact at Troy.”

Shaterrika “Byrd” O’Neal | 5-8 | Guard | Gulf Coast State College

Collegiate Girls Basketball Report Rankings: National 89 / Position – 21

• Averaged 8.1 points in 33 games
• Shot 38.4 percent from the floor as a freshman
• Currently averaging 10.5 points and 29.5 minutes as a sophomore
• FABC Class 6A All-Area honorable mention

Rigby on O’Neal: “Byrd led her team to a junior college national championship under coach Roonie Scovel last year. I’m excited to bring a national champion to Troy as well as the championship mentality that Byrd has. She will be depended on immediately to be a difference maker and Troy fans are going to love watching this player shine.”

Jasmine Robinson | 5-6 | Guard | Academy of Richmond County

Collegiate Girls Basketball Report Rankings: National – 89 / Position – 21

• Starter all four years in high school
• Two-time first team all-area
• Two-time first team all-region
• Averaged 19.3 points per game as a junior
• Averaging 19.8 points as a senior
• Member of school’s 1,000-point club
• Also played softball and ran track & field

Rigby on Robinson: “Jasmine is one of the most explosive guards I’ve ever seen. It’s amazing to see how fast she gets from Point A to Point B on the court. She is also a point guard that really sets up her post players to be successful scorers by delivering the ball with great timing. I can’t wait to have her battling for Troy.”

Jasmine Sanders | 6-0 | Guard | Garinger High School

MaxPreps: Ranked 362 in the state of North Carolina

• Averaged 18.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.7 blocks per game
• Member of school’s 1,000-point club
• Two-time (2015, 2016) first team all-conference selection
• 2014 second team all-conference
• Has recorded eight 30-point games

Rigby on Sanders: “Signing a 6-foot athletic guard advances our program to another level. Jasmine has a wing span that most coaches only dream about. She will be at the top of our press and her length and quickness will cause problems for our opponents. She is also a scorer and a rebounder.”

Janiah Sandifer | 5-7 | Guard | Pearl-Cohn High School

• Three-time all-district selection
• Three-time all-metro selection
• 10AA District Most Valuable Player
• Tennessean All-Mid-State Team
• TSWA All-State Team
• Member of school’s 1,000-point club

Rigby on Sandifer: “Janiah adds so much to the guard position in our program. She can do everything you need a guard to do in an up-tempo system. She is quick, forces turnovers on defense and can score in multiple ways; she is a winner.”

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