TECH ADDS FOUR JUCO STANDOUTS TO 2014 CLASS
2013 Fall Signing Class Recap
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech women's basketball head coach Candi Whitaker announced the signing of four new Lady Raiders in the first day of the late signing period for the 2014-15 season.
Ryann Bowser, Tatiana Grant, Jocelyn Mousty and Jamie Roe all signed national letters of intent to continue their basketball careers at Texas Tech.
"These four bring great experience and qualities to fill our immediate roles and needs for our team," Whitaker said. "Each of them has excelled at the junior college level and can impact our program right away. I really like the toughness and competitiveness that this signing class brings and we can't wait to get to work."
The four newest signees join Ionna McKenzie, Dayo Olabode, Courtney Vaccher and Rayven Brooks - who all signed National Letters of Intent with Texas Tech in the fall.
RYANN BOWSER (Bou-Zer): Bowser (5-5, Guard), a sophomore at Highland Community College (Kan.) earned a spot on the NJCAA DII All-American Third Team for the second year in a row. She averaged 9.6 points, 3.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game while leading Highland to a 33-3 record and a National Runner-up finish. Bowser also finished the season with 125 assists and 91 steals as the floor leader for head coach BJ Smith at Highland CC.
Ranked No. 66 nationally by JumpOffPlus.com, she was also as the 14th best point guard in the country. The Holton, KS, native chose Texas Tech over Baylor and Illinois State.
"Ryann is one of the most competitive players that I've watched," Whitaker said. "She has a fantastic presence on the court and will immediately bring leadership and toughness to our team. I'm really excited about all the intangibles she has a point guard."
TATIANA GRANT (Tah-Tee-Aunna): Grant (5-8, Guard) was a standout player at Pratt Community College (Kan.) for head coach Stephanie Thompson this past year, earning NJCAA DI First Team All-American honors. She was the second leading scorer in the Division I with 27.4 points per game. She hit 219 of 287 free throws and also had 97 steals. She scored 20 points or more in 27 of her 31 games and 30 or more points 13 times, including a career-high 51 points against Independence Community College last fall. Grant also had a fantastic game in scoring 42 points against the #2 ranked team in the country this spring.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisc., Grant had the second-highest average in the state her senior year at Madison Northwest with 26.8 points per game. She comes to Texas Tech at the 24th best player in the country as ranked by JumpOffPlus.com. Grant chose Texas Tech over Kansas State.
"She's a scorer - plain and simple," Whitaker said. "That was an area where we really struggled last year and I expect her to impact us immediately in that category. Tatiana has a knack for getting to the rim and creating offense with her defense. She can help us on both ends of the floor."
JOCELYN MOUSTY (MOOSTY): Mousty (6-3, Center) spent last season playing for head coach Chanda Stebbins at Santa Fe College (FL) after originally signing with Indiana University out of high school and redshirting the 2012-13 season. Ranked the #1 Center in the country by All Star Girls Report, she played for Pekin Eastern HS in Indiana. Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report has Mousty ranked the No. 2 center in the country in the 2015 Juco Class.
A native of Fredericksburg, Ind. (Pekin Eastern HS, Indiana Flight AAU), Mousty averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season. She recorded 20 points or more four times and 10 rebounds or more three times, including 18 rebs against Miami Dade. She chose Texas Tech over Oklahoma, East Carolina, and Florida.
"Jocelyn is a tremendously versatile post player," Whitaker said. "She can shoot the three, take it off the bounce, and has a pro face-up game. She adds some much needed size to our program. Fortunately for Lady Raider fans, she will have three years of eligibility to play at Texas Tech."
JAMIE ROE (Row): Roe (5-10, Forward) the 2-time MVP of the Arizona Juco Regional Tournament, averaged 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for the 31-4 Vaqueras. Roe, who grew up in Tuba City, Ariz., was named the small school Player of the Year for the state of Arizona in high school. Other honors received include: United Dairymen Academic All American, Navajo Times Player of the Year, and NJCAA All Tournament Team at the Juco National Tourney in March.
She is ranked No. 23 in the country by JumpOffPlus.com as well as being the 5th best small forward in the country. Roe chose Texas Tech over Arizona State.
"Jamie will make everyone around her better," commented Whitaker. "She does all the things that make teams win. She's a versatile, strong perimeter player that produces on both ends of the floor."