BRISTOL, Tenn. – Josh Thompson, the King University women's basketball coach announced the signing of five student-athletes for the 2013-14 season. Latrayvia Antoine, Reazyn Demoss, Jalan Harper, Whitney Mitchell and Whitney Roberts all signed to put on a Tornado uniform next season.
The class is headlined by DeMoss and Roberts who both attended Elizabethton High School, leading the Lady Cyclones to a 27-5 record in 2012-13. Elizabethton was co-Three Rivers Conference champions and won district and regional championships before falling in the Division 1, Class AA State semifinals.
DeMoss averaged a double-double during her senior campaign, scoring 16.4 points and grabbing 10.0 rebounds per game. She also shot 46.0 percent from the field and accounted for 72 steals. DeMoss was an All-Three Rivers Conference selection in both her junior and senior seasons.
"Reazyn is a very talented wing player that can shoot the ball and put the ball on the floor," Thompson said. "She has good size, strength, and athletic ability. We are very excited about her potential."
Roberts also averaged a double-double, scoring 11.0 points and pulling down 11.0 rebounds per game. She posted shooting percentages of 84.0 from the free throw line and 54.0 from the field. She was also named All-Three Rivers Conference.
"Whitney is a player that can play inside and step out and knock down the 15-foot jump shot," said Thompson. "She is a very hard worker and good rebounder. We are very happy to have her."
Harper was an All-District performer at Austin East High School in Knoxville. She was named second team All-KIL and to the District 3 All-Tournament team. She helped the Roadrunners to a 15-9 overall record while scoring 14.9 points and grabbing 7.1 rebounds per game. Harper also won the Austin East Character Award.
"Jalan is an excellent athlete that can play the 1, 2, or 3 positions," Thompson commented. "She shoots the ball well and is a very good defender. With her size and athleticism she should bring solid play at both ends of the court. We are very excited to have her."
Antoine graduated from Lehigh High School in Lehigh Acres, Fla., in 2006, and averaged 15.0 points per game during her senior season. She also grabbed 9.5 rebounds per game and shot 42.7 percent from the floor, helping the Lightning to a 17-5 record. During her junior season, she averaged a double-double, going for 12.4 points, and 12.3 rebounds per game while shooting 42.2 percent from the floor. Over her final two seasons, Antoine was an all-conference and All-County selection while being named team Most Valuable player.
"Latrayvia can play the 3, 4, and 5 positions. She is a good athlete and an aggressive player with good overall skills and rebounding ability," said Thompson. "She also has the ability to step out and hit the jumper. We are excited about adding her to the Lady Tornado family."
Mitchell attended Oak Ridge High School and led the Lady Wildcats to a 16-14 overall record. She was named All-District AAA after averaging 17.4 points and grabbing 4.2 rebounds per game. Mitchell also recorded 4.3 steals per game, and dished out 3.1 assists per game.
"Whitney is an excellent athlete that can play both guard positions," Thompson said. "She is an unselfish player and a very good passer. She also shoots the ball well and is a very good on ball defender. We are very happy to have her at King University."