ECU women’s basketball coach Heather Macy on Monday announced the signing of a trio of players.
Tiara Chambers of Portsmouth, Va., Nique Cherry of Laurel, Miss., and Kaylee Jefferson of Sulphur Springs, Texas, signed national letters of intent and will join the Pirates next fall.
“After securing a large and impactful signing class in 2017, we were very particular with the young ladies that we recruited for the 2018 signing class,” Macy said. “I am so excited to introduce Tiara, Nique and Kaylee to our ECU family. The three of them already represent what Pirates are all about. These three signees will help our program make another big jump in the 2018-19 season and beyond.”
Chambers, a 6-foot-3 forward from Portsmouth, Va., is ranked No. 146 by the All-Star Girls Report, the highest-rated high school recruit under Macy. She received first team all-conference and second team all-region recognition each of the last two years.
Chambers also played golf, soccer and volleyball at I.c. Norman.
“Tiara has the ability to have a major impact on both ends of the floor,” Macy said. “As a post player, she was highly sought after during the recruiting process, and we are fortunate to make her a Pirate. She exemplifies what we want off and on the court in our student-athletes. Her potential is through the roof, and we are ecstatic to have her join our ECU family.”
Cherry, a 6-0 forward, is ranked as the No. 26 junior college recruit by All-Star Girls Report. She led Jones County Junior College in Mississippi to a 30-2 record as a freshman, averaging 13 points and 10 rebounds on the way to earning first-team all-state and all-region honors, as well as receiving All-America honorable mention.
As a senior at Heidelberg High School, she averaged 18 points and 16 rebounds in leading the Oilers to a 32-1 record and a Mississippi state runner-up finish.
“Nique is a competitor and a hard worker that will do anything we ask of her on the court because she wants to be great,” Macy said. “She has a personality that will help our team both on the court and in the locker room.”
Jefferson, a 6-0 guard, helped Sulphur Springs to consecutive District 16-5A championships in 2016 and 2017
She averaged 9.5 points and seven rebounds as a freshman en route to being named Newcomer of the Year. As a sophomore, she averaged 14.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 2.4 steals per game in helping the Wildcats to a 26-7 record and was named the District 16-5A MVP as a sophomore.
Last year, Jefferson averaged 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game and was named Offensive MVP. Sulfur Springs finished 26-4 overall and undefeated in the district (12-0).
Jefferson also is a member of the National Honors Society and ranks in the top five academically in her graduating class.
“Kaylee has the ability to defend multiple positions on the court – a trait that we keyed in on for this 2018 signing class,” Macy said. “She is tough as nails and will bring a Pirate mentality to our team as she consistently makes winning plays. Offensively, her game is expanding, and we can’t wait to have her here in an ECU uniform.”