June 15, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It's never to late to add more weapons to the arsenal as the JU women's basketball team signed guard Shunice Hardy (Stone Mountain, Ga.) for the 2007-08 season, head coach Jill Dunn announced Friday.
Hardy was ranked the 72th-best player in the country by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and is considered the 19th highest at her position after a successful tenure at Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga.
She originally signed with UCF, but chose to leave after their head coaching change for JU to join guard Cameo Kent of Jensen Beach High School, forward Lynsey Paschal of Sandy Creek High School and center Gabrielle Sermons of Open Bible Christian High School, who each signed with the Dolphins earlier this year.
"We are extremely excited to add Shunice to our roster," said Dunn. "She comes from an outstanding high school program that knows how to win. Shunice is a very versatile, which makes her a great fit for our system and I believe she is going to be an immediate impact on our team."
Hardy, a three-year letterwinner, led the Jaguars to three consecutive regional championships and final four appearances. As a senior, she helped the Jaguars to a 31-1 record, while averaging nine points a game en route to being nominated for the McDonald's All-America team. Hardy also helped Stephenson win the Myrtle Beach Classic and Dekalb County Thanksgiving Day Classic Championships.
Outside of Stephenson High, Hardy spent time play AAU with FBC Georgia (2006), the Georgia Peaches (2005) and the Georgia Punishers (2004). While with FBC Georgia, she earned adidas All-America and EA Sports "Cream of the Crop" accolades. Hardy was named in the top ten at the Peach State All Southeast Showcase in 2005 with the Peaches and won an AAU State Championship with the Punishers in 2004.
JU finished the 2006-07 season winning 16 of its last 19 games, including 15 of its last 18 Atlantic Sun Conference games, to finish with a program-record 21-9 record. The Dolphins also finished a program-best second in the A-Sun with a 14-3 record and earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament.