WNottingham Wildcats have added a dominant NCAA centre to their roster after confirming the arrival of Jasmine Joyner.
The 6ft 2in star played alongside fellow new arrival Chelsey Shumpert at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She was ranked top 10 in the NCAA 1 in blocks for 3 out of her 4 years in the College Game. Joyner was also named All-SoCon Defensive Player of the Year, and was the only player in the Southern Conference to average a double-double with per game averages of 13.1 points and 10.5 rebounds in her senior season.
Wildcats’ head coach Kenrick Liburd stated: “I’m excited to finally have all of our squad in and feel that she definitely adds a new dynamic for us at both ends. Her professionalism, attitude and athleticism adds a new dimension to the team.
Joyner, who won four straight SoCon titles over her career at UTC and commented: “I’m excited for this new adventure with a new team. We are just geting better every day individually and as a team through practice ad games.
“I’m very anxious for since this is my first time playing with the team, but I am ready to see how hard we fight to win our first hone game. Overall, I’m looking forward to becoming a Wildcat.”
Meanwhile Polish forward Jagoda Oses was also added prior to last week’s match-up with Sheffield. Oses has spent the last two years at Basket Club La Tronche Meylan in the French NF1 league. She played in the Final of Polish 1 Liga in 2016. She has played also professionally for other Polish teams such as LKS Lodz, Odra Brzeg, AZS Rzeszow, MON-POL Plock and Wilki Morskie.
“Jaga is a hard nosed experienced forward, she has the ability to play and defend multiple positions. Her work ethic and dedication to self-improvement is already proving to have an impact on others,” enthused Coach Liburd.
The player herself said: “I’m glad that I am here, I think that is a good choice to play in Nottingham in the top division.
“I like new challenges and I’m excited to be here and I am going to use my strengths to help the team win and achieve our goals.”
The clubs have also brought in two scholar athletes this season and are working with Carlota De Mergelina who attends the University of Nottingham, as well as Isabel Bueriberi.
She has spent the last few seasons playing with Manchester and is now studying for her Masters at Nottingham Trent university. Bueriberi averaged just under 8 points per game during her two years ago in the WBBL Championship playing for Mystics.
“Both have added depth, energy and positive attitudes,” mused Coach Liburd.
“They are both good people and in good situations via their respective University programmes on a daily basis,” he concluded.