Women's Basketball Signs Three Players For 2018-19
GREENSBORO (November 16, 2017) – North Carolina A&T head women’s basketball coach Tarrell Robinson announced the signing of three players for the 2017-18 recruiting class. The class includes Taya Jones (5-foot-9, guard, Red Springs, N.C./Red Springs HS), Kendra Ross (6-3, forward/center, Forest City, N.C./East Rutherford HS) and Rayven Peeples (6-2, F, Elizabethtown, Ky./John Hardin HS). All three will enter N.C. A&T in the fall of 2018 as a freshman and will become members of the Aggies family.
“Our women’s basketball program couldn’t be more excited about the three young ladies joining our family,” Robinson said. “We wanted to add more size, depth and versatility on the court in our 2018 class, and we believe we got all of that. These new additions will keep the Lady Aggies at the top of the MEAC, helping us bring home another championship to North Carolina A&T.”
Jones scored more than 1,250 points in her career. She recorded her 1,000th career point on January 3, 2017 and is a three-time All-Three Rivers Conference selection, a three-time All-District 4 selection, a three-time All-County selection by The Robesonian, a three-time Robeson County Shootout All-Tournament Team member and two-time team MVP. Jones averaged 17.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 2.2 assists per game as a junior. She averaged 14.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3.3 steals per game as a sophomore and as a freshman she averaged 14.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 3.4 steals per game. Jones played her club ball for Blue Star Carolinas under Coach Brenton Murphy.
“We feel we got a steal in landing Taya,” said Robinson. “She could be one of the best shooters/scorers in the state of North Carolina, and we look forward to her showcasing that ability here. She is a gym rat that is always looking to get better. Taya is a versatile and athletic scoring guard that can create her own shot and knockdown the open shot. She complements our perimeter players well. She is also a scholar athlete.”
Ross is a three-year starter for coach Larry Ross. Ross is a three-time, first-team All-County selection, while also being named all-conference three consecutive years in a 2A/3A league. She played AAU for Team Elite EYBL where they were EYBL Nike National Champions. Ross has scored 962 points and recorded 832 rebounds entering her senior year. She holds a 3.84 grade point average and is the President of East Rutherford’s National Technical Honors Society and is a member of their National Honor Society.
“Kendra brings a lot of versatility to our post position,” Robinson said. “She is one of the best post players in the state of North Carolina. Kendra has great size and adds even more athleticism for our bigs. Her skill set allows her to play in the low post, but she can also stretch the floor shooting the three. She is a hard worker that loves to compete and we couldn’t be more excited to have her. She is also an amazing student in the classroom.”
Peeples reached 1,000 career points by her second season at John Hardin. She averaged 13.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.1 steals per game, shooting 58 percent from the field while leading the Bulldogs to the best record in school history as a junior. John Hardin also made an appearance in the regional tournament and Peeples was named News-Enterprise first-team All-Region as well as All-State honorable mention, Coaches Association first-team All-Region, All-District and All-Region Tournament Team.
As a sophomore, she led the Bulldogs to the region finals which was their best postseason finish. Peeples averaged 16.0 points, 7.2 rebounds. 2.5 steals and shot 68 percent from the floor in 2015-16 and was named News-Enterprise Sophomore of the Year, News-Enterprise first-team All-Region, All-District, All-Region Tournament Team and second-team All-State. She played her freshman season at Oak Ridge High School in Conroe, Texas. Peebles plays her club ball for the WV Thunder under Coach Tim Lupardus.
“Rayven is one of the best players in the state of Kentucky,” said Robinson. “She will bring a ton of potential and versatility to our forward position. She has great size and length which will allow her to defend multiple positions. On offense, she is going to be able to play inside, out. She can put the ball on the floor from the perimeter and attack the basket. Rayven has the ability to create off the dribble for her teammates and is a pretty skilled passer. She can also score with her back to the basket or by facing up and shooting the mid-range and 3-point shot. She is also a focused individual when it comes to her academics.”