AMERICUS, Ga. – Georgia Southwestern head women's basketball coach Kelly Britsky announced the Lady Hurricanes nine-member signing class for the 2012-13 academic year on Thursday.
The newcomers are: NCAA Division I transfer Kabrina Merriweather, junior college transfers Danisha Green, Ottishia Burden, Shatoria Hudson, Shaniece Sheffield and Stormey Smith and freshmen Kwante'sha Love and Jasmine McSwain.
This group joins Lowndes County High standout Danyelle Jones who signed in November.
Here's a look at the 2012-13 class:
Kwante'sha Love (5-8, G, Fr., Moultrie, Ga.)
Love averaged 4.5 points and 4.2 rebounds for Colquitt County High in 2011-12. She posted season highs in points (12) and rebounds (9) against Randolph-Clay on Nov. 26.
Coach Britsky on Love: "Kwante'sha will bring some depth to the lineup as a freshman, she possesses great quickness and is a great defender. She was Colquitt County's Defender of the Year this season. Kwante'sha has the ability to get to the basket and score from midrange."
Jasmine McSwain (5-11, SG/F, Fr., Marietta, Ga.)
McSwain averaged 15 points and six rebounds a game for Marietta High School last year. Her season high in a game was 29 points for a Blue Devil squad that finished 2011-12 with a 24-5 record. McSwain was selected Georgia High School Association All-Region in 5-AAAAA. She also received honorable mention in the Atlanta Journal Constitution All-Metro Team selection.
Coach Britsky on McSwain: "We are very excited about Jasmine becoming part of the Hurricanes. She has great size and quickness. She is a great kid that has a great family. Her potential in this league is incredible, we will look for her to contribute immediately as a freshman."
Danisha Green (5-6, G, So., Jacksonville, Fla.)
A junior college transfer from Daytona State College, Green comes in with the ability to run the point and score. She averaged eight points and three rebounds at Daytona in her debut season, shooting 46 percent from the floor. Green played her prep ball at Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville.
Coach Britsky on Green: "Danisha is a talented guard with great experience that still has three years to play. She will see time at the point and maybe even at the two guard position. She possesses the talent to get to the rim and score and shares the ball extremely well. She is definitely a huge asset to the team."
Kabrina Merriweather (6-0, F, So., Indianapolis, Ind.)
Merriweather transfers to GSW from NCAA Division I Florida A&M University where she appeared in 17 games last season for the Rattlers. As a freshman on the 22-8 squad, she shot 42 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the arc. Merriweather attended Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School in Indianapolis where she averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds per game. She finished her prep career with 1,495 points and 1017 rebounds.
Coach Britsky on Merriweather: "Kabrina is a great addition to the Hurricane family. She has the ability to score from the perimeter, but the size to guard inside. We will look to her to be a very versatile player next season."
Ottishia Burden (5-8, G/F, Jr., Columbus, Ga.)
Burden transfers to GSW from Central Georgia Technical College where she averaged six points and six rebounds as a sophomore for the 13-16 Cougars while shooting 32 percent from the field.
Coach Britsky on Burden: "O.T. will bring size and athleticism to the team. She has the ability to play the guard position or post up if needed. She is a determined player that will be a workhorse for the team."
Shatoria Hudson (5-10, F, Jr., Milledgeville, Ga.)
Hudson transfers to GSW from Chattahoochee Valley Community College where she averaged 14 points and six rebounds a game in 2011-12. She shot 38 percent from the field and 31 percent from behind the arc. She scored a season-high 19 points against Middle Georgia Technical College on Nov. 30. Hudson played her preb ball at Baldwin County (Ga.) High School.
Coach Britsky on Hudson: "Shatoria brings great quickness and a knack for scoring. She is an outstanding player that can play at the 3 or 4 position. 'Scoop' will be called upon early and often to be a big part of next year's team. We are excited to have her spark in the lineup."
Shaniece Sheffield (5-5, SG, Jr., Atlanta, Ga.)
Sheffield transfers to GSW from Southwest Mississippi Community College where she averaged 19 points and three rebounds a game last season. Sheffield shot 37 percent from the field in 2011-12 and averaged two steals and two assists per game. She scored a season-high 32 points against Northwest Mississippi on Nov. 1. Sheffield played her prep ball at Westlake High School in Atlanta.
Coach Britsky on Sheffield: "Shaniece brings many tools to the Hurricane lineup with point guard skills and the ability to score, but the scoring guard position will be her main role this upcoming year. She is good off the bounce and has range in her shot as well."
Stormey Smith (5-7, PG, Jr., Douglasville, Ga.)
Smith transfers to GSW from Daytona State College where she averaged five points and three rebounds in her final year with the Falcons. Smith appeared in 29 games for Daytona State in 2011-12 and averaged 2.9 assists and 2.3 steals per contest. Her season high in scoring came Nov. 2 against Miami Dade College when she scored 12 and her season high in assists came two nights later against Brevard Community College when she dished out nine. Smith played her prep ball at South Paulding High School.
Coach Britsky on Smith: "Stormey is an athletic point guard with great handles. She pushes the tempo and is jet-quick with the ability to make room for herself. She is a great defender with a long wingspan and can really get her hands on passes you would not expect. She is a great anticipator and on-ball defender. We have been after Stormey for a long time and we are so happy to finally get her in a Hurricane uniform where she belongs. Stormey is a great competitor that lives for the game. We will look to use her experience right out of the gate."
The Lady Hurricanes are coming off an 18-9 campaign, their most successful season since joining the NCAA Division II ranks in 2006-07. Southwestern won a program-best 10 conference games in 2011-12 and made its second postseason appearance in three years. GSW was defeated in the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Tournament by Lander (an eventual Elite Eight representative in the NCAA National Tournament).