FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University first-year women’s basketball head coach Kate Glusko has announced the signing of two players during the recent early signing period: 6-0 forward Daphne Walker of Jacksonville, Fla., and 5-5 guard Jadda (pronounced JAY-da) Jefferies of Burlington, N.C. Both will attend FMU in the fall of 2011 and play for the Patriots in 2011-12.
Walker is a transfer from Daytona State College and will have two years of eligibility at Francis Marion.
This season for the 7-4 Lady Falcons, Walker is averaging 9.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
Last season as a freshman, she averaged 6.1 ppg and 5.1 rpg and earned first-team FCCAA Mid-Florida All-Conference honors as well as being named an NJCAA Top 40 All-Star. She helped lead Daytona State to the Elite Eight in the state playoffs.
Walker was an All-Conference performer at Robert E. Lee High School, where she played for coach Darell Johnson.
Jefferies is currently in her senior season at Hugh M. Cummings High School, where she plays under the direction of coaches Freddie Shoffner and Eric Crawford.
As a junior, she averaged 14 points, five rebounds, 4.5 assists, and three steals per game, while connecting on 88 percent of her free throws. She was named the Mid-State 2A Player of the Year for 2009-10, in addition to earning All-Conference, All-State, and first-team All-Region accolades. She helped lead her team to a 24-3 record and a spot in the Class 2-A Eastern Regional final, after which she was named to the All-Tournament Team.
She recently scored 25 points in a come-from-behind victory in the Cavaliers’ 2010-11 season opener. With nearly 800 career points, she has the potential to reach 1,000 for her prep career.
“Daphne is an impact player who comes from a top quality junior college,” Glusko said. “She is strong and athletic, can score, and is a great rebounder. Her position is power forward, but is versatile enough to fill other roles.
“Jadda is a very skilled guard, a creator, and a playmaker. She is also versatile, with the ability to run the point or move to the off guard spot. She is also a good defender and will be a great addition to the roster considering we have several graduating seniors in our current backcourt.
“We are excited about both of these signees, and look forward to them joining the program next fall.”
Francis Marion owns a 4-2 record and is currently in a break for exams. The Patriots will return to action on Dec. 17 at Eckerd College for a 3 p.m. contest. FMU has earned invitations to each of the past three NCAA Division II National Tournaments.