July 30, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - Florida Atlantic University Head Women’s Basketball Coach Kellie Lewis-Jay has rounded out her first recruiting class with the additions of high-school standout Jasmine Queen of Riverview, Fla., and Texas junior-college transfer Briah Blakely for the 2012-13 season.
“I am thrilled to welcome Jasmine and Briah to our Owls family,” said Kellie Lewis-Jay, FAU’s head women’s basketball coach. “Our coaching staff is counting down the days until we can get on the court with our players. They have been working hard this summer and we’re looking forward to a productive season ahead.”
Queen, a 6-2 center, is coming off a stellar career at East Bay High School in which she averaged nearly a double-double with 13.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game in 2011-12. She earned first-team Federal Division honors in the all-Western Conference squad and was an honorable mention all-county selection by The Tampa Bay Times. East Bay had a 18-9 record last season.
“Jasmine enters our program with a huge amount of potential as she has only played basketball for three years. Her future is limitless, and her passion to grow and develop is exciting,” said Lewis-Jay. “I expect big things from Jasmine and look forward to seeing that development happen. She also brings an additional presence on the block, which will help us tremendously in this area.”
Blakely, a 5-8 guard from Dallas, Texas, comes to FAU after starring two seasons at McLennan Community College (Texas). She averaged six steals per game while earning first-team all-district and Dallas-Fort Worth All-Star honors during her senior year at Cedar Hill High School in Cedar Hill, Texas.
“Having someone with Briah’s experience will be a valuable asset. She plays with a passion on defense that will be infectious for our team this season,” said Lewis-Jay. “She has the opportunity to step in and be an immediate contributor from the lead guard position.”
The new duo joins Morgan Robinson, Shanequa Schrouder and Ashley Stevenson as newcomers for the 2012-13 season.
The Owls are coming off a 17-13 season, a second-place finish in the Sun Belt Conference’s East Division (12-4 record) and an appearance in the 2012 Women’s National Invitational Tournament.