WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2012
Women’s basketball adds three for the 2013-14 season
The JU women’s basketball team is already looking to next year by signing three players for the 2013-14 season.

Leading the trio is local native Sherranda Reddick, a 5-foot-7 guard from Ribault High School. She will also be joined by guard Deja McPhee (5-8, Gainesville, Fla.) and center Kimberly Dawkins (6-1, Jonesboro, Ga.).

“We are thrilled about this recruiting class,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “We signed three very talented players that will help us reach our ultimate goal of winning the A-Sun Championship.”

As a junior, Reddick led the Trojans to the state championship game averaging 17.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.1 steals at contest. For her efforts, she was named 4A Player of the Year and finished seventh in voting for Ms. Basketball in the State of Florida. Reddick was the Florida Times Union Player of the Year as sophomore after scoring 16 points a game.

“Sherranda can be a special player for us,” Dunn said. “She is a combo guard that has all of the tools. She has great ball handling skills and is an excellent passer. She can create her own shot and also drain the three. We are ecstatic that she chose to stay in Jacksonville to play her collegiate basketball.”

McPhee, a senior at Gainesville High School, has earned three first team all-area honors and led the Hurricanes to consecutive district championships. As a junior, she averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds a game to earn first team all-state accolades.

“Deja is one of the most consistent players I have ever watched,” Dunn said. “Every time she steps on the court you know you are going to get her best effort. She has tremendous work ethic and is an excellent rebounder for her size. She always makes things happen around the basket.”

In 2011-12, Dawkins helped guide Jonesboro High School to the state final four with a 25-6 record. She scored 10.1 points a contest and pulled down 14.2 boards en route to earning first team all-conference and all-region honors. She has also played the last two seasons on the Cardinal volleyball team, posting 10.2 blocks a match in her season year.

“Kim is going to be a great post presence for us,” Dunn said. “She is a superb athlete that can run the floor, defend, rebound and block shots with anyone. She has a warrior mentality and will do anything necessary to make our team better.”

The Dolphins return to action tonight against Vermont in Swisher Gymnasium at 7 p.m.