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Liberty WBB Signs Trio of Players
As his team prepares to tip off the 2011-12 season Friday at UNC Greensboro, Liberty head women's basketball coach Carey Green bolstered his roster for the future. Green announced that Jessi Edmonds, Sadalia Ellis and Jaymee Fisher-Davis have signed national letters of intent to attend Liberty University for the 2012-13 academic year.
Green, happy to add a trio of guards to the program, stated, "We are excited to receive these commitments from such highly-skilled basketball players. All three come from highly-recognized, successful and well-coached high school programs. The trio possesses the desire to achieve at the highest level while displaying the heart and character of a champion.
"These three individuals bring a number of qualities that are similar, but each one has a uniqueness and skill set that has us excited about their future contributions as a member of our team. We certainly welcome Jessi, Sadalia and Jaymee into the Liberty Lady Flames Basketball family."
Jessi Edmonds (G, 5-11, Asheville, N.C.)
Edmonds has been a part of successful high school (Carolina Day School) and AAU (WNC Lady Royals) programs, helping both squads capture North Carolina state titles in recent years. Carolina Day School has gone 58-2 over the last two seasons and won the 2011 North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 2A state championship.
Joe Carrington, who coaches both Carolina Day School and the WNC Lady Royals, noted, "Jessi is one of the most versatile players I've ever had the opportunity to coach. She is an outstanding three-point shooter and can also take matchups inside when defended tightly.
"Not only is Liberty getting a fine player, but they are also getting a fine person. Jessi's work ethic and character are impeccable. She will certainly be a great asset to the program."
As a sophomore at Carolina Day School, Edmonds averaged 16.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 5.0 apg, earning all-state honors. She battled injury as a junior, finishing the year at 10.1 ppg and 4.4 rpg. Edmonds made 37 three-pointers a year ago, connecting at a 39.8 percent clip from beyond the arc. Edmonds owns the school record for points in a game with 43.
"Jessi has the exceptional ability to score from anywhere on the court," said Green. "She will contribute in various ways because of both her size and skills. Jessi is a definite inside/outside scoring threat who also rebounds well."
A 4.0 student in the classroom, Edmonds chose Liberty over Stetson, College of Charleston and UNC Asheville. "Liberty has been the school I wanted to attend ever since they sent me a letter in the mail that had my favorite Bible verse (Jeremiah 29:11) on it," Edmonds remarked. "I knew from then on that God wanted me to go to Liberty."
Jessi Edmonds signs her national letter of intent.
Sadalia Ellis (G, 5-6, Houston, Texas)
A point guard, Ellis will continue the Lady Flames' Texas influence. Four current Liberty players hail from the Lone Star State. Last season, Ellis helped Cypress Falls win a district championship and go 37-2, setting a new school record for victories.
Individually, Ellis averaged 9.2 ppg, 5.8 apg, 4.3 spg and 3.0 rpg as a junior, garnering numerous accolades. She was a TGCA All-State selection and a second-team All-Greater Houston honoree. In District 17-5A, Ellis was named Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-district. The previous year, Ellis was the District 17-5A Newcomer of the Year as part of Cypress Falls' 29-5 squad.
"Congratulations to Liberty University on signing one of the top female point guards in Texas," said Cypress Falls head girls' basketball coach Jim Stephens. "Sadalia has been a very bright spot in our program for four years. Her character has made her special to all of us and her quickness has set her apart on the court. Several head football coaches have said that she could play free safety for their teams.
"Sadalia's work ethic gives her the ability to play both the 1 and 2 positions," stated Moses Ellis, coach of Ellis' Coast2Coast Girls Basketball team. "She is committed to making everything around her better, on and off the basketball court. Liberty University is getting a true student-athlete."
"We will miss Sadalia greatly. There will surely be a lot of exciting basketball ahead for Liberty University."
Green added, "Sadalia is an explosive southpaw who can distribute the ball as well as score from the three-point arc. She will be an asset as a combo guard due to her skills."
Ellis, who also considered North Texas and Texas-Arlington, explained, "Signing with Liberty is such a blessing. My prayers were answered!"
Sadalia Ellis signs her national letter of intent.
Jaymee Fisher-Davis (G, 5-7, Matthews, N.C.)
Fisher-Davis, a strong outside shooter, fared well during her first year at Butler High School. She averaged 15 points per contest and was named Most Valuable Offensive Player as her team went 30-1. Butler won the conference regular-season championship and a sectional title.
As a sophomore, Fisher-Davis helped East Mecklenburg High School post a 27-3 record. She notched 10 points per contest for the conference regular-season and sectional titlists, earning Most Improved Player recognition.
Fisher-Davis has also starred for the Charlotte Lady 76ers AAU team, and coach Wayne Hinton observed, "Jaymee is a good athlete and even better person with great family support. Liberty University is getting a hard worker who is dedicated to getting better. I'm very proud of the strides Jaymee has made and will continue to make throughout her career."
Green highlighted Fisher-Davis' scoring ability, noting, "Jaymee is a very special offensive threat. She has the ability to stretch the defense with her deep and deadly three-point shooting range."
Upon signing with Liberty, Fisher-Davis offered, "I am so blessed to have the opportunity to play at Liberty University under Coach Green and his coaching staff. As soon as I visited the very first time, I fell in love with the campus, the people and the atmosphere. Liberty will allow me to grow in my faith and as a student-athlete."
Jaymee Fisher-Davis signs her national letter of intent.
Edmonds, Ellis and Fisher-Davis will join a Liberty women's basketball team which has won 13 of the last 15 Big South Conference titles and made 13 NCAA Division I Tournament appearances. The Lady Flames will play their 2011-12 season opener Friday at UNC Greensboro, with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m. at Fleming Gymnasium.