ASHEVILLE, N.C. - UNC Asheville women's basketball coach Betsy Blose has announced two signees to national letters-of-intent. They are 5-3 guard Shonese Jones who played at nearby Brevard HS and 6-2 forward Leah Wormack from Cumberland, Md.
Jones enjoyed an incredible career for the Blue Devil program. She completed her career as the school's all-time leader in career points for both boys and girls with 2,112 points. Her career point total is seventh best all-time in Western North Carolina. As a senior, Jones averaged 24 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals per game. She has been named the Hendersonville Times-News Player of the Year for three consecutive years. Jones all earned All-Region and All-Conference honors this past year. She was Brevard's MVP for four consecutive years.
"We are committed at UNC Asheville to evaluate and support the local talent in Western North Carolina," declared Blose. "Shonese Jones is a high-quality guard who has been touted as one of the best in the state. She is left-handed and can flat out score. Shonese, along with Tacey Trammell (early signee from Robbinsville HS) played AAU ball together. They share unbelievable work ethics and love the game. It's going to be exciting to see these two guards in Asheville uniforms over the next four years."
Wormack played at Allegany HS in Cumberland, Md. This past year she averaged 20 points, 13 rebounds, four blocked shots and two steals per game. She finished her career with 1,081 career points and became the all-time leading scorer for the girls program at Allegany. Wormack was the Player of the Year in her conference in 2009 and 2010. She was a first team All-City honoree for three straight years.
"Leah Wormack is a winner," stated Blose. "She excels both on and off the court. UNC Asheville is lucky to have her. I love her touch around the basket. She rebounds well and keeps the ball up very high. Leah has been well-coached in high school and is ready for the next level."
The signing of Jones and Womack give the Bulldogs five freshmen who will be a part of the Asheville program in the 2011-12 season. They will join early signees Jeannie Buckner, Brittany Gwyn and Tacey Trammell.