Coach Adell Harris recently announced that Jenny DeGraaf of Penn State and Janea Williams of North Florida have transferred to UNCW and will join the Seahawk women’s basketball team moving forward.
Both players will sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA guidelines and have two years of eligibility remaining.
“I am extremely excited to have these two players joining our team,” said Harris. “They believe in our ‘championship vision’ and will work hard to help us reach our championship goals. Both of them are high-level basketball players with high-level character.
“From a recruiting standpoint, this has been the biggest spring for our program since I have been the head coach. With Jenny and Janea, we have improved our roster on a lot of different levels.”
A two-year letter winner for the Nittany Lions, DeGraaf appeared in 46 games during her time at Penn State, including 29 contests last year. The Springboro, Ohio, native averaged 3.9 points per game as a sophomore and tallied three double-digit scoring efforts, including a pair of 12-point outings against Albany and Wagner.
“Jenny gives us an outstanding perimeter shooter with great size,” said Harris. “Her experiences at Penn State will help her impact our locker room immediately.”
Williams played two seasons at North Florida and appeared in 56 games, including all 30 contests as a sophomore with 10 starts. The Ospreys’ fifth-leading scorer with a 4.3 point per game average, Williams also contributed 4.9 rebounds per game. In addition, she tallied 38 blocked shots, which ranks fourth on North Florida’s single-season list.
A native of Pinehurst, Williams averaged 8.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game during her freshman year. She tallied a career-high 10 points against Jacksonville by making five of six field goal attempts.
“Janea gives us an athletic post player who can defend and rebound with anyone in our league,” said Harris. “Her ability to block and alter shots is something we desperately need.”
The Seahawks finished their 2014-15 slate 14-16 overall and 10-8 in conference. UNCW went 11-6 on their home floor and won six of their final seven games before falling to Elon in the CAA Quarterfinals. The Seahawks return 10 players from last season, including rising juniors Brie Mobley, Naqaiyyah Teague, Ryan Flowers and senior point guard Shatia Cole.