Lady Tigers Sign Five to NLI
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Head women’s basketball coach Larry Inman announced on Wednesday, Jordan Brightwell, Franceska Brown, Tyesha Hood, Tiana Parker and Asia Sims each signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Tennessee State University.
"This is one of the best recruiting classes we've had,” Inman said. “We are getting a lot of good sized players and good athletes. I give our recruiting coordinator, Joe Bonham, a lot of credit for this class. He did a tremendous job, along with our whole staff, to bring in these kids who will help push our program to a whole new level."
Jordan Brightwell (6’1, Forward, Bowie, Texas/Bowie HS) transferred to Bowie HS for senior season after spending her first three seasons at McKinney Boyd High School in McKinney, Texas. Brightwell served as team captain and led MBHS in scoring with 8.0 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game earning her a spot on the All-District 10-5A team.
"Jordan has a marvelous work ethic that is off the charts,” Inman said. “She has a nose for the ball and does a great job rebounding. She's a hustle player who gives the extra effort when most players want to let up. She's a versatile player who can play down low or step out when needed. Jordan is a tremendous person and a great student and will be a welcome addition to our team."
Franceska Brown (6’1, Forward, College Park, Ga. /West Lake HS) is a physically strong player who helped West Lake to a 23-5 record as a junior. Brown enters her final season after averaging 8.4 points per game in 2013-14.
"Franceska is one of the most versatile post players we are bringing in,” Inman stated. “Between her play down low and her ability to play outside she gives us many options. She's also one of the strongest players we are signing. We saw her this summer and were really excited about bringing her to TSU."
Tyesha Hood (6’5, Post, Detroit, Mich. /Detroit Mumford HS) prepped for Kyohn Burton at Detroit Mumford. Hood helped her squad to a 7-1 record, good for second, in the Detroit Public School League West Division II.
“Tyesha shows tremendous promise,” said Inman. “At 6' 5 she is an outstanding athlete who is very good at finishing around the basket. She's a great young lady who will bring a lot to the table here at TSU."
Tiana Parker (6’4, Post, Chehalis, Wash. /William F. West HS) is a 3-Star prospect with an ESPN rating of 89. Parker is listed as the #45 ranked post in the country and is considered to be a long and agile finesse player with an emerging interior game. She is a shot blocking presence with mobility and has a high ceiling. Parker is an All-2A Evergreen Conference selection who led W.F. West HS to a 19-3 record and a State Championship in her junior season.
“Tiana is another great athlete, much like Tyesha,” Inman commented. “She was on a state championship team in Washington and we are lucky to have someone like her. With her and Tyesha we will have a twin towers down low."
Asia Sims (5’9, Point Guard, Paris, Ky. /Bourbon County HS) is a two sport athlete who played volleyball and basketball at BCHS. Sims averaged 17.8 points per game and 9.1 rebounds during her junior campaign. Sims was selected to play in the Kentucky versus Indiana basketball game played during the summer between her junior and senior years.
“Bloodlines are a big thing in Kentucky and she has a very strong one,” said Inman. “Asia is the daughter of former Louisville star Alvin Sims. She is a talented point guard, but will be able to play more than one position. Asia has a great shot from all spots on the floor."
The Lady Tigers open play at North Carolina State on Friday, Nov. 14. Tip-off is set for 6:00pm Central Time.