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W. Basketball – Conrad inks seven seniors
W. Basketball – Conrad inks seven seniors
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College women’s basketball coach Ben Conrad announced that seven high school seniors have signed national letters-of-intent to play basketball and continue their education at JCCC. The seven future freshman are: 5-9 guard Alexis Brown (Pattonville H.S., St. Louis, Mo.), 5-6 guard Chastity Franklin (Cardinal Ritter H.S., St. Louis, Mo.), 5-11 forward Janae Barnes (McPherson H.S., McPherson, Kan.), 5-10 forward Shelby Dahl (Santa Fe Trail H.S., Carbondale, Kan.), 5-11 forward Kierra Isaiah (Hogan Preparatory Academy, Kansas City, Mo.), 5-7 guard Erica Nelson (Lee’s Summit North H.S., Lee’ Summit, Mo.) and 5-7 guard Katie Jones (Baldwin H.S., Baldwin, Kan.)
“We’re excited about this group,” said Conrad. “The seven high school kids that signed today give us a chance to continue to be successful. They are very passionate about the game.”
Conrad’s new class joins a Lady Cavaliers program that posted its fifth consecutive 30-win season (30-2), a first in Kansas Jayhawk Conference history. The team also captured a third straight conference title and finished the year ranked No. 2 in the final NJCAAA D-II Coaches’ Poll.
Brown averaged 20 points and 7.2 rebounds per game for coach Craig Gregory, while earning Suburban North All-Conference first-team honors as a senior. She led the conference with 129 steals, and shot 39 percent from 3-point range and 70 percent at the line. Coach Gregory said Brown is one of the best playmakers he has coached, and that she can take over a game with her scoring ability.
Brown transferred to Pattonville for her senior year, after attending McCluer her first three years of high school. She averaged 14.2 points per game her junior year at McCluer.
“Alexis is a very athletic and talented wing that can score a lot of different ways,” Conrad said. “She has deep range shooting the ball and is very good in transition.”
Franklin was a four-year starter and a three-time first-team all-conference selection for coach Darren Wade at Ritter. A McDonald’s All-America nominee for Missouri in 2013-14, Franklin averaged 11.3 points, 6.2 assists and 4.7 steals per game while leading her team to a 23-5 record and a Missouri Class 3, District 5 championship.
“Chastity is a high IQ guard with tremendous athleticism,” said Conrad. “She is also a very good passer and attacks in transition.”
Barnes contributed to a state championship, a state runner-up and state qualifying teams during her career playing for coach Chris Strathman. Her senior season, Barnes averaged 10.2 points and 8.0 rebounds, and was selected as a Ark Valley Chisholm Trail league and honorable mention All-State performer. She also played for TMK Hoops over the summer for coach Brent Atwater.
“Janae is a high energy kid with good length, can defend one through four, and has developed a nice stroke from 3-point range,” Conrad said.
Dahl brings a suitcase full of honors to JCCC. She was a four-time All-Big 7 and All-State selection for coach Jayson Duncan. Dahl averaged 16.4 points and 4.3 assists while leading Santa Fe Trail to the first ever 4A-II championship. She led all scorers with 19 point in the title game, and was name the Most Outstanding Player. Dahl was also an All-State selection in volleyball and was named the Player of the Year by the Lawrence Journal-World her senior year.
“Shelby is a winner in everything she does,” said Conrad. “She is a versatile 3-4 combo with a great offensive skills set.”
Isaiah was a two-year starter for coach Jeffrey Burgett. She poured in 865 points during her two seasons, an average of 17.3 per game. Isaiah averaged a double-double of 21.4 points and 10.1 rebounds her senior year, leading Hogan Prep to a 17-10 record.
“Kierra is a long, athletic and versatile kid that can probably guard all five spots on the floor,” Conrad said. “She has versatility on the offensive end as well. She can play around the hoop or on the perimeter.”
Nelson was a three-time all-conference and two-time All-District performer for coach Tricia Lillygren. Her senior year, she played the point while leading Lee’s Summit North to a 24-6 record and a runner- up finish in the Missouri Class 5 State Championship.
“Erica is probably the best passing guard we have recruited,” Conrad said. “She really understands the game, has great vision and understands angles. She is also really competitive, which I really like.”
Jones was a three-time All-Frontier League selection for coach Bob Jones. Her senior year, she averaged 13.0 points and 2.8 assists which earned her first-team league honors. Jones also was an accomplished runner in cross country. She was an All-State and All-Area runner in 2011, and helped her team register four top-three state finishes in her career, including state titles in 2010 and 2011. Jones was also an honor roll student all four years, a National Honors Society member and a three-time Academic Achievement Award winner.
“Katie is a high IQ comb-guard with good strength and a nice skill set.”