CORPUS CHRISTI – After wrapping up the top-ranked recruiting class in the Southland Conference a year ago, the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi women's basketball team looks to the 2014-15 class with three athletes inking their National Letters of Intent.
On Signing Day, the Islanders received letters from Emmeri Archer (Brooklyn, N.Y./ South Shore HS), Daryon Fields (Spring, Texas/St. Pius High School) and Ashley James (Highland Village, Texas/Marcus High School).
"This recruiting class fills a great number of needs for our team," head coach Royce Chadwick said. "We are graduating some outstanding seniors who will leave some big shoes to fill. This class is a huge step in the right direction of replacing these quality people."
A 5-foot-7 guard, Archer comes to the Islanders as a three-star recruit with a 90 ranking from ESPN. It also ranks her as the 18th player nationally at her position.
"Emmeri is a special talent," Chadwick said. "She is a universal player. Her game is the total game. She can drive and score, shoot the three, pass the ball with the best of them and she is a tenacious defender. She comes from one of the best high school programs in the nation and played for the premier high school coach in New York. She has a tremendous future in Division I."
Coming from Spring, Texas, Fields will bring some inside presence to the Coastal Bend. The 6-foot-2 post is ranked 42nd in the nation at her position and 309th nationally overall. In her junior year at St. Pius, Fields nearly averaged a double-double with 10 points a game to go along with eight rebounds each time out.
"Daryon is a tremendous talent," Chadwick said. "She has the ability to be a dominant inside player. She has a Division I build and uses her body to gain positioning in the paint. Her strength and agility are tremendous assets to her game. She fills a definite need for our program's future. We look forward to adding her presence to our team."
Rounding out the trio of signees is James, a 5-foot-4 point guard from Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas. In her junior year she was named first team all-district and the defensive player of the year in her district. That season, James averaged 10 points, four steals and three assists per game.
She has also picked up district MVP and offensive player of the year awards during her high school career.
"Ashley is a winner," Chadwick said. "She led her team to one of the school's longest playoff runs as a junior. She is a true point guard who can quarterback her team, run the show, and is explosive with the ball. She has a perpetual motor on the court. The thing I like most about her is her speed and quickness. It appears she is flying down the floor, then the afterburners kick in and she's by you to the rim. She will be a great player in the Southland Conference."
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