JMU women’s basketball Head Coach Kenny Brooks announced the signing of five players to national letters of intent on Thursday. The Dukes will be joined by Aneah Young, Kayla Cooper-Williams, Elemy Colome, Logan Reynolds and Sarah Felgemacher for the 2015-16 season.
“We’re very excited about this recruiting class,” Brooks said. “We went out with a mission. To use a cliché, we swung for the fences and I think we hit a home run. All five of the young ladies coming to our program exemplify what we are on and off the court.”
Aneah Young is a 6-0 guard from Baltimore, Maryland. Ranked No. 120 in the nation by All-Star Girls Report, Young was selected to the 2014 Baltimore Sun All-Metro Basketball Second Team as a junior. In her time at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, the team won the regional championship each of the last three years, including a run to the state championship game in 2013. Prospects Nation rated her a four-star recruit.
“Aneah brings length and toughness to our program,” Brooks noted. “She’s a kid that’s going to get better and better.”
Kayla Cooper-Williams is a 6-3 center from Dumfries, Virginia. Cooper-Williams has dominated on the defensive end for C.D. Hylton High School, leading the Northern Virginia area in blocks, and was named All-Conference 4 in 2013-14. ESPN.com rated her as a three-star recruit and the All-Star Girls report ranked her No. 253 in the nation.
“Kayla is great defensively and her offense will definitely come,” Brooks said. “I think she’s going to be a really good player for us in the future.”
Elemy Colome is a 5-10 guard from Lawrence, Massachusetts, and attends Proctor Academy in Andover, New Hampshire where she averages 19 points per game. Colome also competes for Rivals Basketball Club on the AAU circuit and was selected for the United States Junior National Nike All-Star Team in August 2013.
“Elemy is a sparkplug and a firecracker,” Brooks stated. “She just brings a lot of energy to whatever she does. We think we got a fantastic player in Elemy.”
Logan Reynolds is a 5-8 point guard from Norton, Virginia. Reynolds was tabbed as the 2014 Bristol Herald Courier Girls Basketball Player of the Year after averaging 19 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5 assists and five steals per game in leading Wise County Central to the Virginia High School League 2A state championship. The All-Star Girls Report ranked her No. 261 in the nation and Prospects Nation rated her a two-star recruit.
“I think Logan is going to help us tremendously from the get-go,” Brooks said. “She’s the kind of kid that loves to pass the basketball first, but she can score when she needs to.”
Savannah Felgemacher is a 6-2 forward from Church Hill, Tennessee. Felgemacher averaged 15 points per game in both her sophomore and junior seasons at Volunteer High School and was selected to the All-County Team in 2014 by TriCities.com.
“Savannah has a skillset that we’re extremely excited about,” Brooks remarked. “She’ll get rebounds, she runs the court well and she can shoot the three.”