Lady Tiger Basketball Adds Four More
Monday, April 27, 2009
Nashville --- Spring signees Destiney Gaston, Nykesia Hess, Simone Hopes, and Denisha Mumford have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball at Tennessee State University according to head coach Tracee Wells.


“I am so excited about next year’s freshman class,” commented coach Wells.  “Our staff did a tremendous job finding players capable of having an immediate impact and who all want to excel and grow this program into a championship contender year in and year out.”


Destiney Gaston, a 6-3 center, averaged a double-double as a senior at Northland High School with 12 points and 13 rebounds per game. The Columbus, Ohio native was named the MVP of the Olentangy Holiday tournament and helped lead her team to a District appearance during her senior campaign.  


A 5-10 guard from Dublin, Ohio, Nykesia Hess averaged 15.0 ppg, 3.0 apg, and 3.0 spg at Scioto HS this year. She recorded over 1,000 career points and averaged 13.8 points per game for her career. She made the All-OCC first team every year since her sophomore campaign.


Houston, Texas native Simone Hopes was selected to the All-District 13-5A first team in addition to being named a Greater Houston Area All Star as a senior. The 5-10 forward averaged 14.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game during her senior campaign at Westfield HS.


Denisha Mumford is a 5-9 guard from Hopkinsville, Ky. She averaged 15 points and five rebounds per game at Christian County High School. She helped her team to four consecutive District Championship appearances and is an All-Star Academic Award recipient. 


“Kesi and Denisha will be the tallest of our guards at 5’9 and 5’10 next season, both with great ability to shoot from beyond the arc.  Simone is an extremely aggressive post player, similar to Okafor, who can rebound the ball well and who uses her body to score easily. Destiney brings a shot blocking post presence in a long 6’3 frame that we haven’t had here in a very long time. ”


These four newcomers will join the three fall signees, 6-1 forward Avery Jones, 5-8 guard Jasmine Shuler and 5-6 guard Ashley Tate.


“The members of this freshman class all have unique and different skills that were missing from our program for next year.  We are looking forward to competitive practices and continued success on the court with the addition of these talented signees.”