Troy Women’s Basketball Inks Three in Early Signing Period

TROY, Ala. – Troy Women’s Basketball head coach Chanda Rigby announced the addition of three junior college standouts on Thursday.
The signing class features a guard and a pair of forwards in Tai’Sheka Porchia, Jashanti Simmons and Mesi Triplett.
Tai’Sheka Porchia | 6’1 | Forward | Camden, Ark.
Porchia comes to Troy out of Pensacola State College, where she has suited up for the Pirates in 22 games. During her freshman campaign, Porchia averaged 13.9 points with a 48.8 field goal percentage. The Camden, Ark. native was a three-year letter winner out of Camden Fairview High School, where she was a two-time all-conference selection and tabbed a member of the all-state team her senior year.
“Tai is a tremendous sign for us,” head coach Chanda Rigby said. “She is a running, leaping, scoring post player with good size, strength and athleticism. Her best basketball is still in front of her, and I believe we will see her best play while in a Trojan uniform.”
Jashanti Simmons | 5’7 | Guard | Eatonton, Ga.
The reigning Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) Women’s Player of the Year Jashanti Simmons comes to Troy out of Georgia Highlands College, where she was also dubbed the GCAA Freshman of the Year and a WBCA First Team All-American. Simmons set Georgia Highlands’ single-game points record posting 39 points against South Georgia Technical College. The Eatonton, Ga. native tallied 1,541 points over three seasons in high school, including a career-high 43 points in a single-game.
“Jashanti is a WBCA All-American, and she earned that title with her scoring ability,” Rigby said. We are excited to have her talent coming to Troy.”
Mesi Triplett | 6’3 | Forward | Orlando, Fla.
Triplett will head to Troy after her first season with St. Petersburg College. The forward helped lead her high school, West Oak Academy, to a 2018-19 Florida SIAA Championship. During the championship run, Triplett led the squad in blocks per game (5.4) and rebounds per game (9.4). The team’s co-captain also received student of the month honors with a stellar 3.7 GPA. Triplett boasted a memorable senior season after being named an ISL Preseason Player of the Year. The Orlando, Fla. native was voted a top-20 post player out of central Florida and became the Flames best all-time rebounder.
“The first time we saw Mesi play, we were shocked by her timing in blocking shots and rebounding,” Rigby said. “Mesi has the ability to add some components to our game at Troy that we haven’t had before. She is a great young lady, and we are thrilled to have her become a Trojan.”

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