HOUSTON – Head Coach Ronald Hughey and the Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team are excited to announce the signing of Nasheema Oliver and Myyah West to National Letters of Intent, to join the Cougars for the 2017-18 season.
”The coaching staff did an excellent job in putting together this class,” Head Coach Ronald Hughey said. “All the credit goes to them. They put in long hours and went on a lot of trips to bring a really great class together.”
Oliver joins the Cougars from Northwest Florida State where she averaged 9.5 points per game on 55.6 percent shooting from the field, and pulled down 4.8 rebounds per game while paying 16.3 minutes per night. Oliver made her way to Northwest Florida State after an injury derailed her freshman season at Georgia. She will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Cougars.
”Nasheema is going to give us a much needed presence in the paint.” Hughey said. “She was a top-50 player coming out of high school, and last season she showed glimpses of being that player. She can stretch the floor, is athletic and can hang with the best of them down low.”
The Cordele, Ga., native, was one of the top recruits in the nation coming out of Crisp County High School. Oliver ranked No. 18 in the nation by Blue Star, No. 37 by Prospect Nation, No. 58 by ESPN Hoopgurlz and No. 59 by Girls Basketball Report following her senior season. She was a three-time All-State honoree in Class AAA while averaging 14.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
“Nasheema will give us the necessary post presence with her back to the basket,” Assistant Coach Vicky Picott said. “She has good hands, finishes strong and will be a force to reckon with. With her and Sharayla Brown down low, we now have the size and skill we need.”
Myyah West comes to Houston by way of Jones County Junior College where she averaged 10.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game during two seasons on campus. West appeared in 58 games while making 44 starts for the Bobcats, and earned a spot in the 2016-17 MACJC All-Star Basketball Game following her sophomore season.
“Myyah is a long, lean and athletic forward.” Hughey said. “Her versatility makes the difference. She has the ability to go inside or outside. She can score in the paint, or stretch out and shoot the three. We’re looking for exciting things from Myyah.”
West averaged a double-double during her senior season at Prentiss High School in Mississippi. The 6-2 forward scored 18.3 points per game, while pulling down 11.8 boards per contest and swatting 2.4 shots per night. West is an athletic post player who can run the floor and defend outside of her area. West will join the Cougars as a junior with two seasons of eligibility.
“Myyah has great hands and is extremely versatile,” Picott said. “She can put her back to the basket, but she prefers to face up. She is tremendous at moving in space and has a real knack for the basketball. You will always find her around the ball.”
The junior college transfers join incoming freshman Julia Blackshell-Fair to make up Houston’s 2017-18 signing class. Blackshell-Fair, a 5-10 guard from Fairfield Calif., entered her senior season rated as the No. 92 player in the nation and the 26th rated guard for the Class of 2017. Blackshell-Fair led Vanden High School to the CIF Division II State Championship, where she scored 20 points and pulled down 21 rebounds in the title game.
“We are super excited about one of the best players in the country joining our family,” Hughey said. “Julia is an athletic off-guard that can create her own shot and finish at the rim. She is a tremendous character kid who flourishes in an up-tempo style of play like ours. She is a great on-ball defender and rebounder who plays extremely hard when she is on the floor. We are overjoyed she has joined our family.”
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