NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee State women's basketball has added guard Diamond Beatty and forward Shekinah Gibson to the recruiting class of 2013 as both signed a National Letter of Intent.
Beatty is a 5-7 combo guard from Tinley Park High School, about 30 miles southwest of Chicago. The Illinois native is a three-time all-conference selection, as well as a three-time team MVP. As a senior, Beatty averaged 19 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game. She scored over 1,000 points in her career, including 568 as a senior while shooting 44 percent from three. Fellow OVC schools Eastern Illinois and UT-Martin recruited Beatty, along with Western Illinois and South Carolina Upstate.
Gibson comes to TSU from Forest High School in Ocala, Florida. The 5-10 forward shot 55 percent from the floor while averaging 17 points, 14 rebounds and two steals a game in a senior season that saw Forest reach the 7A Regionals for the second straight year. An all-state selection for District 7, Gibson put up 41 points and 16 rebounds against Buchholz on December 6 and 22 points and 20 rebounds in a 52-42 victory over Vanguard on January 24. The future Forensic Science major also participated in volleyball and track in high school.