GREENSBORO (April 25, 2018) – North Carolina A&T women’s basketball head coach Tarrell Robinson announced the signing of four players to his 2018-19 recruiting class. The new additions to the defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Tournament Champion Aggies are transfers Jayla Jones-Pack (6-foot-3, forward/center, Amityville, N.Y./Seton Hall/St. Anthony’s HS) and Deja Winters (5-11, guard/forward, Cleveland, Ohio/Seton Hall/Richmond Heights HS) along with incoming freshmen Charme Lilly (5-6, G, Midlothian, Va./Crosby HS) and Jasmen Walton (5-11, G, Baltimore, Md./Western HS).
“I am extremely excited to welcome the four newest additions to our family,” said Robinson. “All of these young ladies are talented, driven, hard-working but most importantly, winners. My staff and I wanted to bring in young women who could come in and keep the tradition of excellence going, as we look to defend our MEAC championship titles. I believe we have more than accomplished that goal with these newest additions. Our program’s future is extremely bright.”
Jones-Pack played two seasons at Seton Hall and holds their freshman record for blocked shots in a season. She played in 55 games, made eight starts and averaged 10.1 minutes per game. She shot 48.2 percent from the floor and 60 percent from 3-point range. In her prep days, Jones was a CHSAA Class AA State Champion earning CHSAA Player of the Year and NYSSWA second-team All-State accolades. She was MSG Varsity All-Long Island and a 3-star ESPN prospect with a scout grade of 90 percent. Jones-Pack was ranked 103rd by All-Star Girls Report and was also ranked 153rd by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. She played AAU basketball with the NYC Exodus.
“Jayla is an amazing athlete and another addition I am very excited about,” said Robinson. “At 6-3, she is strong and physical with a long wingspan that will disrupt opponents. She is an anchor in the paint. Jayla set the freshman record at Seton Hall for blocked shots so we’re hoping she will bring that passion for defense here. Offensively, she has a skill set that will allow her to play both the forward and center positions for us, making her versatility a premium for our program.”
Winters played two seasons at Seton Hall and was a two-time Big East freshman of the week. She played in 58 games, made 10 starts and averaged more than 17 minutes per game. Winters shot 33 percent from the floor, 30 percent from the 3-point line and 70 percent from the free throw line. She was a USA Today second-team Ohio All-State member in high school. Winters was the News-Herald player of the year, Associated Press Division IV player of the year and a finalist for Ohio Ms. Basketball. Her high school career included winning the District championship being named Division III All-District player of the year, an All-District selection, All-Ohio selection and Cleveland.com Honorable Mention All-State. ESPN rated her a 3-star prospect with a 90 percent scout grade. All-Star Girls Report ranked her 186 and Collegiate Girls Basketball Report ranked her 131. Winters played AAU Basketball for TNBA Elite.
“I am excited about Deja coming into our program," said Robinson. "She is an extremely athletic and versatile guard that has a tremendous amount of talent. Offensively, at 5-11 she can post up smaller guards or take defenders off the bounce. She has shooting range all the way to the 3-point line. Defensively, she causes havoc and will disrupt our opponents. She is strong and physical and its’ great to add that to our perimeter play.”
Lilly is a three-time State Champion and an All-USA Today Virginia second-team selection. She was the Class 6 State player of the year, made Class 6 first-team All-State and was first-team All-Metro. Lilly was regional player of the year, conference player of the year, a two-time first-team All-Region selection, a two-time second-team all-conference selection and was second-team All-Region.
“I am excited about the addition of Charme to our family,” said Robinson. “She brings another dimension to our point guard position. She is a quick scoring point guard with a great IQ. She knows how to run the show and make good decisions with the basketball while also being able to score from mid-range to the 3-point line. Her speed will allow her to fit right in on defense for us.”
Walton is a two-time Baltimore City champion. She led Western High School to the state regional championship and was a state finalist. The two-time team MVP was recognized as the junior of the year, sophomore of the year and freshman of the year. Twice Walton made the All-Metro first team and the other two years she was All-Metro second team. In 2015, Walton was the Beast of East MVP and 695 Private VS Public MVP. The Baltimore Sun recognized her as their athlete of the week twice while she earned 695 All-State Beltway Cup and Powermove Winter Showcase Classic MVP. In 2018, the Maryland Coaches Association named Walton an all-star. She reached the 1,000-point mark in her junior season. Walton played AAU basketball with the Maryland Lady Tigers.
“Jasmen is another young lady I’m excited about,” said Robinson. “She is a great athlete that can play both guard positions. She has an explosive first step to take her defender off the bounce. Also, at 5-11, she has the ability to post up smaller guards. She has a solid mid-range game. Jasmen has a lot of
The 2017-18 women’s basketball team compiled a 23-9 overall record after going 15-1 in MEAC play earning regular-season and tournament championships in the MEAC. The Aggies will go into the 2018-19 season with four 20-win seasons in six years.