EAST GREENSBORO – North Carolina A&T women’s basketball coach Tarrell Robinson announced the signing of two additional players on Wednesday with the addition of Shayla Nelson (6-foot, forward, Goose Creek, S.C., Goose Creek HS) and Kennedy Boyd (5-7, point guard, Mint Hill, N.C., Providence Day School, University of North Carolina) to wear the Blue & Gold.
“It brings us great excitement to add Kennedy and Shayla to our basketball family,” said Robinson who will enter his eighth season as the Aggies head coach when the 2019-20 season begins. “Both young women know how to win and I’m confident they will impact the program for years to come. We can’t wait for them to arrive on campus.”
Nelson played AAU basketball for TMP Basketball. She ended her high school career as a two-time All-State and three-time All-Region performer after scoring 1,356 points and grabbing 755 rebounds in her career. As a senior, she earned player of the year honors from the conference and the region. She led Goose Creek to the Class 5A state title by hitting a key shot in the final minutes of a 52-51 victory.
“Shayla is an athletic, strong and explosive forward,” said Robinson “She has the ability to put the ball on the floor from the high post as well as post up on the block to score. I’m excited to see her growth over the next four years.”
Boyd spent one season at UNC before transferring to AggieLand. She played only three games for the Tar Heels last season. As a senior at PDS, Boyd led the Chargers to a 24-7 record, an appearance in the state semifinals and a share of the CISAA conference championship.
She was a two-time North Carolina Independent Schools all-state member after averaging 20.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 2.6 assists per game.
At Providence, Boyd was rated a three-star guard by ESPN. She starred as the starting point guard on three state championship teams at PDS. As a senior, Boyd was named CISAA Player of the Year and earned a McDonald’s All-American nomination. A four-time all-conference selection, Boyd won two Nike National Championships and three AAU state titles. She was a member of the National Honor Society.
“Kennedy is a special player and we’re excited to have her,” said Robinson. “We’re getting an experienced, quick point guard that knows how to score the basketball. Kennedy sees the floor well and is great in the open court. Most importantly, she is a leader. It’s great having that in your floor leader.”
The Aggies are coming off their third Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) regular-season championship under Robinson. Their latest MEAC regular-season title was historic because, for the first time in program history, the Aggies went undefeated (16-0) in MEAC play. N.C. A&T also made their fifth postseason appearance in seven seasons when they earned an automatic bid to the WNIT to play James Madison.
N.C. A&T looks to be strong again next season after losing only one senior and adding two Division I transfers in Jayla Jones-Pack and Deja Winters. Both players were not eligible to play per NCAA rules related to transfers.