HOUSTON – Head Coach Ronald Hughey and the Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team are excited to announce the signing of Octavia Barnes to a National Letter of Intent, to join the Cougars for the 2017-18 season.
Barnes joins the Cougars from Hinds Community College where she averaged 13.0 points per game and pulled down 5.4 rebounds per contest while playing 24.7 minutes per night. A 5-10 forward, Barnes was also active defensively, coming away with 1.8 steals per game and swatting nearly a block every other contest. Barnes made her way to Hinds Community College after appearing in seven games for Michigan State during the 2015-16 season.
”Octavia is going to have an immediate impact in our system,” Hughey said. “She is capable of playing multiple positions and she excels on the break by running the floor and playing in open space. She has good length to create space and shoot the long ball over players.”
A Jackson, Miss., native, Barnes was a standout forward for Raymond High School. She averaged 18.3 points and 11. 7 rebounds per game in high school while pulling down 3.3 blocks and assisting on 3.0 buckets per night. Barnes received All-State honors as a senior and was named to the 2014-15 All-USA Mississippi Girls Basketball team as well as a member of the ‘2014 Dandy Dozen’ by the Clarion Ledger. The Delta Report named Barnes one of the top-5 recruits in the state of Mississippi out of high school.
“Octavia is a long, athletic, mobile power forward that attacks the rim,” Assistant Coach Vicky Picott said. “She has pretty good touch in and around the lane with comfortable range out to about 15 feet. Octavia is a fantastic rebounder that plays with high energy all the time. She has the length and athletic ability to be a capable, multiple-position defender as well.”
Barnes joines a trio of student-athletes who have signed letters of intent to compete for the Cougars in 2016-17. In the early signing period, Houston signed incoming freshman Julia Blackshell-Fair, the No. 92 player in the NCAA this season and the 26th rated guard in the Class of 2017. Blackshell-Fair was joined by Myyah West (Jones County Junior College) and Nasheema Oliver (Northwest Florida State) after signing LOIs at the beginning of the regular signing period.
”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.”
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