Three More Players Sign On To Play For Coach George's Spartans
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - After the most successful season in 15 years, the USC Upstate women's basketball team enters its final year in the transition to Division I looking to keep riding the wave with eight letterwinners returning to go with a class of five newcomers, as Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year Tammy George announced the addition of three new members of the Class of 2014 on Friday. The class features three new signees: Logan Castlebury (Seagrove, N.C./Eastern Randolph), a 5-8 guard, Seandre Lee (Hinesville, Ga./Bradwell Institute), a 6-1 forward, Madisen Webb (Georgetown, Ky./Scott County), a 5-10 guard/forward, who will be joined by two others that signed with Upstate in the fall: Kyana Jacobs (Dale City, Va./Potomac), a 5-6 point guard and Kim Roach (Columbia, S.C./A.C. Flora), a 5-10 forward.
"We are very excited about the incoming group of players," Upstate head coach Tammy George said. "We have worked extremely hard to get to where we are now, and this group of players can help us continue to improve. This group of players is going to give us a lot of depth and several are going to challenge for starting slots. We have addressed some needs at the post and we have added some depth in the backcourt, so we feel that we can continue our development into a contender in the A-Sun."
Logan Castlebury (Seagrove, N.C./Eastern Randolph), a 5-8 guard, was a four-year letterwinner at Eastern Randolph, helping the team to the Mid-State 2-A Conference semifinals as a senior. She posted five 30-point games as a senior, as she averaged a county-high 21.6 points per game for Eastern Randolph. She hit 73 3-pointers (46 percent) and added nearly 5.0 rebounds per game to earn a slot in the Randleman Drug Senior All-Star game. As a junior, Castlebury averaged 17.2 points. Carolina Scouting Report.com ranked Castlebury 74th in the state overall and 21st amongst shooting guards at the Hoops and Dreams Individual Showcase. Also a member of Eastern Randolph's volleyball team, Castlebury averaged 1.0 kill per set as a senior.
"Logan is someone that can fit into our offensive scheme really naturally," Upstate head coach Tammy George said. "She is a pure shooter and that is something we are always looking for in our scheme. She just knows how to find the basket. She is someone that can earn minutes early in her career and we are going to need her to earn those minutes because we only have three shooting guards returning."
Seandre Lee (Hinesville, Ga./Bradwell Institute), a 6-0 forward, earned Region 3-AAAAA's Player of the Year and the Region 3 Tournament MVP honors at the Bradwell Institute as a senior. She also earned honorable mention all-state honors after helping the Lady Tigers to a 29-2 record thanks to her average of 19.6 points per game, which was 10th in the state. Lee helped the Tigers go 65-11 in her last three years of high school, leading the team to the Elite Eight of the Georgia playoffs as a senior, scoring in double digits in 29 games as a senior, as she shot 54 percent from the field and averaged 1.7 assists per game. Also active in AAU basketball, Lee participated on the South Carolina 76ers.
"Seandre is going to have a chance to help out immediately," George said. "She is an athletic post that knows how to score. She comes from a good high school program and she has a lot of postseason experience. We always want players in the program that know how to win and Seandre does."
Madisen Webb (Georgetown, Ky./Scott County), a 5-10 guard/forward, comes to Upstate after a helping lead Scott County to the Kentucky state finals, earning a slot on the Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls Sweet Sixteen All-Tournament Team, as she scored 22 points in the semifinal win over Rockcastle County. Webb earned 11th Region tournament MVP honors after scoring 23 points and adding six assists and four rebounds in the team's title game win over Franklin County. She also earned all-region honors and finished 10th in the state in free throw percentage, hitting 81 percent (110-for-136). As a junior, Webb earned All-11th Region regular-season and tournament honors as she helped the Lady Cardinals to the region championship game, where she posted a triple-double, and as a sophomore, she averaged 16.3 points per game.
"She is a combo guard that can play anywhere from No. 1 to No. 3," George said. "She has some great size for that position. She can shoot the three and also get to the rim. She comes from a successful high school program and really knows how to win. Once again, she can immediately help us in the lineup next year."
Webb was ranked as one of the top players in the state by Rick Bolus and the High Potential Basketball Recruiting Service, reaching the Second 12 in the state in 2008 and 2009. Recently, Webb was invited to tryout for the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Games, which will be held on June 11 and June 12.
The addition of the three players will be added to Upstate's recruiting class, which already featured Kyana Jacobs (Dale City, Va./Potomac), a 5-6 point guard, and Kim Roach (Columbia, S.C./A.C. Flora), a 5-10 forward.
Kyana Jacobs (Dale City, Va./Potomac), a 5-6 point guard, earned four letters at Potomac High School, also earning four All-Cardinal District selections. A four-time team MVP, Jacons earned Washington Post All-Metropolitan Honorable Mention honors as a senior, capping her career by earning All-Cardinal District Player of the Year honors, All-Northwest Region First Team honors and News & Messenger All-Area Second Team honors. She also earned a slot on South Suburban All-Stars in the Girls Basketball Capital Classic. Jacobs earned First Team All-Northwest Region and second team all-area honors as a junior after averaging 15.4 points, five assists, three steals and four rebounds per game. As a sophomore, the point guard averaged 15 points and five assists per game, helping her earn Washington Post All-Extra team honors. As a freshman, Jacobs averaged 14 points and three assists per game to earn Second Team All-Northwest Region honors.
Also active in club basketball, Jacobs has played for the Fairfax Stars, Virginia Magic, Team Excel, the Metro South All-Stars and the Prince William County Virginians. She was also invited to the Michael T White Top 10 Underclassmen camp. Jacobs is highly touted by several recruiting Web sites, being ranked 85th in the nation at point guard by ESPN Hoop Gurlz.com and she is listed 266th in the nation by the Collegiate Girls' Basketball Report. She is also ranked 66th in the nation at point guard by CGBR.
Kim Roach (Columbia, S.C./A.C. Flora), a 5-10 forward, earned five letters with the Falcons, earned Class AAA All-State honors twice in her career, as she posted 15.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game as a senior to earn the honor from the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association and the High School Sports Report. She also earned a slot in the Carolinas All-Star Classic as a member of the South Carolina team. As a junior, she received the honor from both the AP and the High School Sports Report. She also earned all-region and all-area honors as a junior, averaging 15.9 points per game. She was named one of the top five girls' high school players in the class of 2010 by SouthernHoops.net and she was also an all-region selection as a sophomore. Meanwhile, she has played on one of the best teams in the state, helping A.C. Flora earn state rankings in each of the last four seasons, including the squad posting a 14-8 record in 2008-09 and a final ranking of 23rd in the state.
Also active in club basketball, Roach played with the GA/Lina 76'ers Nike Team, part of the D&D Development program run by Jerome Dickerson, a former professional NBA trainer. She was also a part of the 2009 Junior/Senior Elite Showcase at Elon University this summer, being named one of the top 50 prospects at the prestigious camp. Roach also played volleyball for the Falcons.
The Spartans are coming off their most successful season in 15 years, as they went 20-9 overall and finished third in the Atlantic Sun Conference with a 14-6 mark. Upstate, in its third year of Division I play, was bolstered by the play of Freshman of the Year Tee'Ara Copney and All-A-Sun First Team selectionChelsea McMillan. The Spartans, who will be in their last year of the transition in 2010-11 before becoming eligible for the A-Sun and NCAA postseason tournaments in 2011-12, return three starters and eight letterwinners and also feature the A-Sun's Coach of the Year, Tammy George.