Looking for something new in the world of WVU women’s basketball? This blog may be the place for you. My name is Terry Fletcher and I am a journalism major at West Virginia University. For (at least) the next six weeks, you can follow my journey to inform not only the Morgantown-area, but anyone willing to listen, of the other Mountaineer basketball team that has enjoyed its share of success over the past several seasons. Some of you may be asking yourself “What does this guy know that I can’t read about on any other Mountaineer website?” A reasonable question in my opinion. But to answer it, for the past two years I have volunteered my free time to helping the women’s team on the court. At West Virginia University, as well as other colleges and universities around the country, there is what is called a “scout team”. This “team” is made up of male students enrolled in West Virginia University who are willing to sacrifice their bodies (and weekends) in the hope that it may help the women’s team reach their ultimate goal of a national championship.
As a member of the scout team, I have a first-hand look at what goes on behind-the-scenes of a major Division-I program, as well as the sacrifice and effort it takes from each person involved with the team, coach and player alike. I have developed close relationships with the players and coaches and understand what they are trying accomplish. This blog will be able to provide you with coach and player profiles, recruiting updates and information, and interviews with your favorite players. Unfortunately, you will also hear my opinions and views as I try to predict the outcome of the upcoming season and which players will have the most impact. Thank you and enjoy.
Top Recruits Fill Depleted Roster
After a number of injuries and transfers, the WVU women’s basketball team had a serious problem on their hands. They only had seven players, three of which are coming off major surgeries. Luckily, the recruiting season was generous to the Mountaineers as they landed three recruits, all of whom can help take WVU to the top of women’s basketball.
The three incoming freshman are Asya Bussie, Akeema Richards, and Antishia Wright.
Bussie, a 6’4 center from Seton Keough HS in Maryland provides depth in the frontcourt and gives returning 6’5 sophomore Natalie Burton some help around the rim. Busse was the 2009 Baltimore Sun Player of the Year and averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks per game.
Richards comes to the Mountaineers from Western HS in Maryland. She helps replace senior point guard Ashley Powell and gives the Mountaineers another threat in the backcourt. Richards averaged 13 points, 5.9 rebounds, four assists, and 2.6 steals per game at Western High School where she was a 2009 first-team all-state selection.
Antishia Wright will fill in the hole left by senior Takisha Granberry at the forward postion. A Boyton Beach, Fl. native, the 5’11 forward possesses great three-point shooting and all-around game that will fit well in head coach Mike Carey’s system.
“All the girls we have recruited are skilled athletic players that we feel can help take our program to the next level,” said Graduate Assistant Kyle Cooper. “We are very excited to have them as Mountaineers.”
Head coach Mike Carey, who was away on recruiting visits, was unavailable for comment.