HOUSTON – Fourth-year Head Coach Ronald Hughey and the Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team are excited to announce the signing of Starr Jacobs, Dymond Gladney and Tatyana Hill to National Letters of Intent.
“We are extremely blessed and excited about the three young women that we signed in this class,” Hughey said. “We covered all aspects of the game with rebounding, shooting, scoring and passing, plus they are all relentless, hard-working and passionate people.”
Jacobs, a 6-1 forward, joins the Cougars from Duncanville High School and is rated as the No. 14 wing in the Class of 2018 and is a 3-star prospect according to ESPN HoopGurlz. Jacobs helped lead a powerhouse Duncanville program to back-to-back state championships in 2016 and 2017 while averaging 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Jacobs was named Third-Team All-Area in the Dallas region and earned 2016 and 2017 All-State Tournament Team honors.
“I’m ecstatic to add another high-quality, versatile wing to our roster that will impact both sides of the ball,” Assistant Coach Jamila Ganter said. “Starr can score in multiple ways, play multiple positions and will also exude her strong leadership abilities that will be integral to our program’s success. She will be a good ambassador for the University of Houston and Houston Athletics.”
Gladney stands at 5-6 and played point guard for Head Coach Pam Crawford at Clear Springs High School. During her junior season, Gladney earned District 24-6A MVP honors and was named First-Team All-Region. Gladney scored 13.6 points per contest during her junior year while also assisting on 3.1 buckets per night and tallying 3.3 steals per game en route to being named Galveston County Girls Player of the Year.
“I’m excited to have Dymond join our team,” Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator Tai Dillard said. “She is a true point guard that gets the team rolling, and she’s a feisty defender. I’ve watched her for a couple of years now, and she’s been a key piece to the success of her teams. She will come in and be a productive player for us.”
Hill is a 6-3 center from Dekaney High School in Houston. Hill averaged a double-double during her junior season, scoring 13.9 points per game, and pulling down 10.6 rebounds en route to leading the Wildcats to the 6A State Semifinals.
“Tatyana is going to add some depth in the post,” Assistant Coach Vicky Picott said. “At 6-3 with multi-dimensional skills and her athletic ability, she impacts the game on both ends of the floor. She has a soft touch in the low block area and can stretch the floor with perimeter shooting. She also has good instincts on defense and tracking rebounds.”
“This was another outstanding job by our staff of evaluating, recruiting and developing relationships with these young women and their family and coaches. They are players that will continue to push our team culture in the right direction and all have enjoyed tremendous success on the court and in the classroom.”
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