The Talladega College Lady Tornadoes added four players to their recruiting class on Tuesday.
The Lady Tornadoes signed a trio of players from Long Beach Community College in California and a forward from Georgia.
Long Beach Community College’s Shakeena Benton, Crystal Cockerhan and Symphony Logan decided to take their talents Talladega College this upcoming season. The trio led LBCC to a 26-5 record last season and a division championship.
“I am excited about them coming in,” coach Kevin Herod said. “Long Beach Community College has some of the top players in California. The reason I wanted all three of them is because they all played together and they come from a winning program. Long Beach Community College has long tradition of winning with good students. It was a no-brainer for me.”
Benton earned all–conference honors last season, as she averaged 12.9 points per game and three assists in 31 games. The 5-foot-3 guard had a breakout game against LA Harbor. The sophomore guard scored 33 points in 19 minutes of action.
“Shakeena Benton is a combo guard,” Herod said. “She is very fast, she provides a lot of leadership, she is a fearless player and she has a high basketball IQ.”
Logan earned second-team all-conference performer off the bench. Logan averaged 6.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and two assists per game. The 5-foot-8 forward recorded her best game of the season with 15 points and pulled down seven boards in a win.
“She plays the three. She is another hard worker,” Herod said. “She has a high basketball IQ; she is probably the most athletic of the three players.”
Cockerhan also was a second team all-conference performer last season for LBCC. She averaged eight points, nine rebounds and three blocks per game. The 6-foot-2 player scored 19 points and 20 rebounds in a win against Mt. San Antonio College.
“She is a post player,” Herod said. “She has a really good head on her shoulders and she is a hard worker. That is what we look for. As far as being a Lady Tornado, that is what we look for.”
Herod said he likes that all three of the players are committed to making the team better.
“With us, I don’t need everyone to have big-time numbers,” Herod said. “I just need everyone to play their role; I have other players to contribute. I am looking for team wins and not individual wins. These girls are the epitome of that. They all said the same thing: ‘I want to make the team better.’ That is what we are about, not individual goals.”
Jazmin Williams of East Georgia is a 6-foot-1 swing post player, Herod said. ”She has a lot of energy and she is long and athletic. She is a rebounder, and she has three years left. I have to bring in some young players. It is good to have transfers, but you have to try to keep the players young so they can stay in the system.”
TC has 10 players on the roster right now, and Herod plans to add five more players in the next few weeks to fill out the recruiting class.