JACKSONVILLE – Head coach Rick Pietri announced the signing of three new players to the Jacksonville State women’s basketball team, Tuesday during the national signing period.
The Gamecocks added two freshman and one transfer in the class.
Freshmen Brooklyn McDaniel and transfer Kiana Montgomery add depth in the frontcourt while freshman Evelina Davaloku adds depth to the guard position.
McDaniel, a 6-foot forward, joins the Gamecocks from Cleburne County High School, just 20 miles north of campus in Heflin, Alabama. Following the 2020-21 McDaniel was named an All-Area pick after averaging 16.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per game to go along with 53 blocks and 56 steals.
“I’m Really pleased to have Brooklyn as a part of this signing. I saw her in person for the first time this summer at our team camp and my staff and I were extremely impressed. She has the height and is a physically strong, athletic, and skilled player who’s personal style of play fits right in with ours. She is extremely dedicated to her craft and has a chance to be an integral part of our program in the future.”
Joining McDaniel in the frontcourt is junior Kiana Montgomery, a transfer from Shelton State Community College. The 6-1 forward from Anniston, Alabama averaged 4.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in 25 appearances as a freshman. At Anniston high Montgomery averaged 12.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game on the way to a 4A State Championship. She was a Third Team All-State selection her senior season.
“I enjoyed watching Kiana while she played for Coach Bullock at Anniston High School. When she signed with Shelton State to play for Coach Madonna Thompson, we felt her game could potentially blossom, and we feel that it has. Kiana has great length, and athleticism and she plays extremely hard. We look forward to Kiana being a part of the Gamecock family.”
Rounding out the class, Davaloku a 5-6 guard from Greece will play her senior season with Luella High School in Locust Grove, Georgia after transferring from Johns Creek High School. Davaloku recorded 40 steals during her junior season and helped lead the team to a 9-5 league record.
“We saw Evelina for the first time this summer and I absolutely fell in love with her game. She shows great presence and leadership skills on the floor as a point guard and also can really shoot it from deep. She is passionate about the sport and highly invested in the continued development of her game. We feel that Evelina will be a great addition to our back court.”
Before this class of signees arrives on campus, the Gamecocks continue the 2021-22 season which opens against Samford Nov. 17 in Birmingham, Ala. at 6 p.m. JSU will return home on Nov. 30 to host Young Harris College at 6 p.m. in THE PETE.