A year after signing three area players, Susie Gardner’s Mercer women’s basketball program continued to make a stronger local push by signing two more Middle Georgia prospects.
The seven-player class, which signed Wednesday, includes Mary Persons standout KeKe Calloway and Dodge County’s Rachel Selph. Calloway is a 5-foot-9 guard who has been named The Telegraph’s All-Middle Georgia Player of the Year the past two seasons. She led the Bulldogs to region titles the past three seasons. Selph is a 6-3 center who was an All-Middle Georgia first-team pick last season.
Last year, Mercer signed Shon Kitchens (Washington County), Jalyn Slaughter (Veterans) and Madi Mitchell (Crisp Academy).
“This is an exceptional 2015 class,” Gardner said in a release. “Our coaching staff targeted certain positions and skill sets, and we have put together another amazing group of young women. They are all outstanding students, will be great role models in our community and will represent Mercer in all facets of their lives.
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“When I look at the future of our program with our last two recruiting classes, I know the future is very exciting.”
The rest of this year’s class includes Callie Hackett (a 5-5 guard from Carthage, Tennessee), Kyesha Lewis (a 5-11 forward from Springfield), Linnea Rosendal (a 6-1 guard/forward from Sweden), Amanda Thompson (a 5-10 forward from Hayesville, North Carolina) and Ally Welch (a 5-11 forward/center from Cumming).
Bob Hoffman’s men’s program added three players Wednesday: Ethan Stair (a 6-5 guard from Hazel Green, Alabama), Jaylen Stowe (a 6-4 point guard from Harrisburg, North Carolina) and Cory Kilby (a 6-7 forward from Ada, Oklahoma).
“We’re losing some guys that have been here for multiple years, so we were hoping to add more speed and quickness,” Hoffman said. “I think adding players with diverse skill sets has given us the opportunity to create mismatches over the years, and this class helps in that aspect. They are all very athletic, and when you add that to how tremendously athletic we are now, it’s very intriguing.”
Both Mercer teams open the season Friday. The men host Piedmont, while the women travel to Mississippi State.