PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas - The first official class of recruits signed by first-year Prairie View A&M women’s basketball coach Sandy Pugh and her staff has added the first of the 2019-2020 Lady Panther roster during the early signing period.
Kennedi Green, Kennedy Paul, Gerlyn Smith and Kennedi Heard will make up the 2019-20-freshman class, providing the Lady Panthers both top-notch basketball players and students. Each of the four has found a great amount of success on the court.
Green, a 5-7 point guard from Madison Prep High School (Baton Rouge, La.), started both her freshman and sophomore years in the 2A State Championship games and was named First Team All-District both years. At the end of her junior season she started in the 3A State Championship and was named first-Team All-District, District MVP, First Team All-State and Offensive Player of the Year at Madison Prep, averaging 17 points, four steals, and four assists per game.
“Kennedi is a true point guard that can pass and control the floor,” Pugh said. “She has experience winning championships, and that’s what she will bring to us. It’s really hard to find a true point guard these days. There are a lot of point guards that just score, but Kennedi will control the floor, as well as be the general and coach on the floor. We look forward to her bringing a winning mentality and offensive ability to our team.“
Paul is a 6-0 forward from University Lab High School in Baton Rouge, La. She’s a two-sport athlete that is an All-District athlete in both sports (basketball & softball), and a first-team 6-3A all-district selection last season.
“Paul is a versatile forward who can shot the three ball and play inside and out”, said Pugh. “She can handle the ball for a big. The versatility of Kennedy will be real intriguing in our conference.”
Smith is a 6-1 guard from Miramar HS in Miramar, Fla. that was named as a Honorable Mention player her junior year and is the first girls basketball player to attend a D-I school in five years. Smith averaged 18 points, 5.0 assists, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game her junior season.
“Gerlyn is a versatile guard that can play the one, two, three, and maybe some four by time she finishes her collegiate career,” Pugh said. “She’s left handed and a phenomenal athlete. She’s definitely a dynamic scorer for this level. I think her athleticism is superior to our league, and she has the ability to be as good as she wants to be and go to the next level. Her size as a guard,along with her being an incredible person will fit right in to this program. We are excited about the athleticism that she will bring to our system.“
Heard is a 5-10 guard/forward from Captain Shreve High School in Shreveport, La. She averaged 15.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 3.7 steals per game as a junior. Heard was voted to the All-District first team and was a Class 5A All-State Second-Team selection.
“Kennedi is an athletic long guard,” said Pugh. “She can shot the three and her talent is untapped. I think once she gets on this level, Kennedi will realize her full potential. She has very good size for a guard and you can’t teach size. We have high expectations for each of these players.”
The Lady Panthers will return to play on Friday against host team University of Texas Rio Grande Valley at the UTRGV Tournament in Edinburg, Texas. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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