NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State University women’s basketball head coach Larry Inman has announced the signing of guards Rekha Berry and Ciara Pettis to National Letters of Intent to play basketball for the Lady Tigers beginning next season.
“I felt like our immediate need was at the point guard position,” said head coach Larry Joe Inman. “We wanted quickness, good defenders and just all around players. Both Rekha and Ciara are good shooters, excellent ball handlers and great passers. We’re very excited about what they are bringing to our program. They are not big in stature but they are big in heart. They’re very good athletes that can play the one or the two position.”
Rekha Berry is a 5-3 guard from McGill Toolen Catholic HS in Mobile, Ala. She led her team to back-to-back State Championship game appearances in 2015 and 2016. She was named to the All-Area Tournament team as a junior while earning All-Regional and All-County Honors during junior and senior campaigns. In 2015, Berry was selected as the best defensive player while topping off a great senior year with the Team Courage Award. She finished her final season averaging 8.6 ppg, 3.6 apg, 2.6 rpg and 2.4 spg per game. A member of the National Honor Society, Berry is also a standout track and field athlete placing fourth in the 2015 State Triple Jump.
Ciara Pettis competed for Overton High School in Memphis, Tenn. A native of Greenville, Miss., Pettis averaged 11.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game as a senior. The 5-6 guard was selected to the TSSAA District 16 All-District team as well as the All-Regional Team. During her junior campaign, she turned in 8.0 ppg, 5.0 spg, 3.0 rog and 3.0 apg.
“We felt like the point guard position and having depth in that area is where we lacked last season,” Inman continued. “Now we feel like we have depth there, with us bringing in these young ladies along with our returners that are coming back next season. They bring a lot to the table and I think they’re going to be great.”
The signees will join Kaliya Griffin who signed with the Lady Tigers last November. Griffin is a three-star athlete from San Jose, Calif. The 5-6 guard played two seasons at Archbishop Mitty High School before transferring to Inderkum High School in Sacramento, Calif. As the Inderkum’s starting point guard, Griffin averaged 17.5 points, 4.0 steals, 3.0 assists and 2.0 rebound per game during her junior season.
Additionally, transfer Olivia Jones will be eligible to compete for TSU following the completion of the fall semester.
Kaliya Griffin (5-6, Guard, San Jose, Calif., Inderkum HS)
Rekha Berry (5-3, Guard, Mobile, Ala., McGill Toolen Catholic HS)
Ciara Pettis (5-6., Guard, Greenville, Miss., Overton HS)