Lady Tigers Add Four During Spring Signing Period
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Lady Tigers Add Four During Spring Signing Period

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball program added four players during the spring signing period. Paris Mullins, Breannah McCullah and Amber Appiah-Kubi signed National Letters of Intent while graduate transfer Keniece Purvis signed a financial aid agreement to play basketball for the Lady Tiger program beginning next season.

“With making a conscious effort to take our time with this recruiting class – I am pleased how our relentless efforts have come full circle,” said head coach Jessica Kern.  “Leaving a legacy in front of your family is an exceptional experience and with homegrown talent wearing BLUE next season, special memories are sure to be made in Gentry Center. “

These incoming Lady Tigers will join early period signee Deaja Richardson, a 5-10 guard from Kernersville, Ga.

“Last season, scoring was often at a minimum and depth was an overall concern,” Kern continued. “We have aggressively searched for young women who have had the experience of playing at the junior college level, high school championship level or have competed at a four-year university andexperienced post season play. With adding additional length & athleticism – coupled with overall toughness – we are anxious to be threats on both ends of the floor. These young women have proven to be vocal leaders, stellar students, pillars in their communities, women of distinction and discipline as well as winners on the court. The Lady Tiger Legacy is in good hands.”

Paris Mullins | 6-2 | Post | Fairburn, Ga. | Henry County HS

  • Three star athlete according to ESPN.com
  • Number 1 ranked post player in Georgia area according to MaxPreps.com
  • Averaged a double-double of 15.8 ppg and 10.6 rpg as a senior
  • Shot 75.0 percent from the free-throw line and 55.0 percent from the field
  • Member of the 1,000-point and 900-rebound club
  • Recipient of the Dooley Award
  • Named to the All-State and All-Region Team as a senior
  • Geico Nationals participant as a junior
  • Helped team to a state championship junior year
  • Honorable mention: All-State and All-Region as junior
  • All-region and All-State selection during sophomore campaign
  • ESPN Position Rank: 50
  • Posted season-highs of 28 points and 17 rebounds
  • Recorded 26 double-doubles

Kern on Mullins: “A true crowd favorite, Paris is looking to make an immediate impact here at TSU. As a lefty post player, who shoots the three at will, she is a power house in the paint and has an infectious personality – the day she steps on our campus is the day we begin to make our run towards post-season.” 

Breannah McCullah | 5-10 | Guard | Edwards, Miss. | Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

  • Named to the All-MACJC South Second Team
  • Averaged 8.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.3 apg and 1.2 spg as a senior
  • Selected to the MACJC All-Star Game
  • Started in 18 out of 26 games
  • Earned All-Tournament team honors after scoring 19 points in the Region 23 Women’s Basketball Championship

Kern on McCullah: “At 5’10”, Breannah creates a problem immediately with her length. As an explosive combination guard, she is able to score with both hands and create turnovers on the defensive end. With a proven history of scoring at an elite level, we look forward at her blossoming as she wears BLUE.”

Amber Appiah-Kubi | 5-7 | Guard | Nashville, Tenn. | Roane State Community College | Maplewood HS

  • Averaged 9.3 points per game as a sophomore
  • Turned in 4.2 assists and 3.6 rebounds per outing
  • Played in 31 games while making 24 starts
  • Ranked 3rdin the TJCCAA in assists
  • Ranked 9thin the conference in three-point field goal percentage
  • Scored a total of 288 points during sophomore season

Kern on Appiah-Kubi:  “Amber is a homegrown talent that we are beyond excited to bring back to the city of Nashville. As a true floor general and facilitator, we look forward to her presence forcing the defense to play honest and her play making ability to bring fans to Gentry Center.”

Keniece Purvis | 5-7 | Guard | Greensboro, N.C. | Clemson

  • Competed three years at ACC member Clemson before graduating in May with a bachelor of science in Management.
  • Redshirted her freshman year before seeing court time throughout the next three seasons.
  • Played in all 33 games during the 2018-19 campaign while averaging 12.3 minutes per outing.
  • She played pivotal role in Clemson’s lockdown defense.
  • Prior to college, was the #48 ranked recruit nationally by The Carolina Scouting Report

Kern on Purvis: “Keniece “Perseverance” Purvis brings experience, leadership and toughness to our 2019 recruiting class. As a former Top 50 player in the country, she exudes the ELITE mentality that this program prides itself on. An aggressive slasher that also has a knack for the defensive side of the ball, she brings us the depth needed to compete at a high level nightly. Coming off a stellar senior campaign – we look forward to this star shining bright and being a fan favorite.”

*Deaja Richardson | 5-10 | Guard | Kernersville, N.C. | Westridge Academy

  • Averaged 12.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 2.3 apg during senior campaign
  • As a junior she averaged 10.4 points per game while playing in 31 games
  • Helped guide her team to an impressive 32-3 record for a .914 winning percentage in 2017-18 season
  • Helped team to a No. 9 ranking in the 2017-18 season…
  • Dished out 2.6 assists per outing while recording 1.9 steals per game
  • All-league pick in the Piedmont Triad 4-A Conference as a freshman
  • Junior Honor Society for four years

Kern on Richardson: “Deaja is a tall guard that shoots it across half. We’ve been looking for one of those kind of shooters for a while. She stretches the floor on offense and on defense and she can defend all positions. She’s also a great student in the classroom.”
*Early signee

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