TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013
Vernet and Forte to Join Jacksonville Women’s Basketball Program
First year head coach, Yolett McPhee-McCuin announces her first two commitments

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – First Year Jacksonville University Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin has announced her first two commitments to the Dolphins program. Jenny Vernet (Douglasville, Ga.) comes in as a freshman for the 2013-14 season while transfer Ladeyah Forte (Pensacola, Fla.) will be eligible to compete as a junior starting in 2014-15.

A 6’2” post player, Vernet comes to Jacksonville from Paulding County High in northwest Georgia where she played the past two seasons under Larrell Lewis. An all-region selection as a senior she averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds per game while leading the team to a 20-7 record. Vernet played her AAU ball with the Douglas County Lady Tigers.

“Jenny is a great young lady and will be able to learn and continue to grow under her position coach and our program,” said Coach McPhee-McCuin. “Her energy and willingness to improve daily will be welcomed.”

“Her strengths are her enthusiasm, her work ethic and her willingness to learn,” said Lewis in an interview with Ericka Birdsong of the Paulding Neighbor. “Coach Yo will be able to mold her into the player she needs her to be.”

Vernet added that she was looking for a family-based school and found it in Jacksonville.

Forte makes her return to the Sunshine State after playing the first two years of her collegiate career at Colorado State. Due to NCAA transfer rules, she will sit out the 2013-14 season.

“I am extremely excited about having LaDeyah back in the State of Florida,” said McPhee-McCuin. “She will be able to help the players get better on and off the court despite sitting out this season.”
 
The product of Pensacola, Fla., she started 25 games for Colorado State last season and closed out the year ranked eighth in the Mountain West in assists (3.5) and fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3) while averaging 5.3 points. She was just as consistent as a freshman ranking second in MWC in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3) and fourth in assists (3.5) to go along with 5.6 points and 1.6 steals per game.

A well accomplished high school player at Pensacola, she was named the 2011 Pensacola News Journal Player of the Year. The MVP of the 2011 Subway All-Star Game, Forte also was a First Team Florida Athletic Coaches Association and Florida Athletic Basketball Association selection and a honorable mention all-state honoree.

Coming out of high school she was ranked as one of ESPN’s top 100 point guards. Forte led Pensacola to three consecutive state final four appearances. She was also named the Scholar Athlete Basketball Player of the Year in 2001 and received a Christian Athlete Award

Ladeyah Forte    Jr.   G    5’4”    Pensacola, Fla. / Colorado State
Jenny Vernet      Fr.   F    6’2”    Douglasville, Ga. / Paulding County H.S.