The Richmond Register

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July 11, 2014

NCAA BASKETBALL: Berea College’s Milby signs first class

RICHMOND — Berea College women’s basketball coach Trent Milby had one goal in mind as he completed his first recruiting class.

He wanted to find players that could help continue the improvement of the program which recorded its first winning season in four years, and who could contribute immediately.

“We as a staff went out recruiting this past season with the mindset of bringing in players that can play immediately,” Milby said. “We feel like this class will add depth to go with our returners and the competition in practice will be at a high level.”

That mindset produced dividends as the coaching staff added six players to the upcoming squad; Alexus Calhoun, Adriana Williams, Kandace Craig, Jaime Roberts, Rayven Shead and Zacchea Small.

Calhoun, a 6’2” center from Marion County High School in Lebanon, KY will add size and athletic ability to the team. She has previous experience with Milby, as she was the starting center for the Marion County High School team, coached by Milby,that won the 2013 Kentucky State Title, finished 39-0 and ranked No. 4 in the country by USA Today.

“Alexus is a great rebounder and has a defensive presence due to her length and size.  She also is very athletic and is familiar with the style that we want to play,” Milby said. Calhoun played AAU basketball with Kentucky Premier.

Williams is a 5’8” point guard who hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, Winthrow High School and played AAU basketball for All-Ohio.

“She is a very good defensive player and is electric in the open floor,” Milby said. “She is a very good passer and that with her ability to defend caught my eye the very first time I saw her.”

A native of Corbin, KY., Craig is a 6’0” forward who played basketball at Whitley County High School as well as Kentucky Premier through AAU. Craig will be a presence in the post for the Mountaineers with the size and strength she possesses.

“Her strength and IQ as a basketball player will provide things that a coach can’t teach,” Milby said. “She is also a very good rebounder and can finish around the basket.”

Roberts, a 5’7” guard from Wayne County High School in Monticello, KY. will give Berea another guard that is capable of handling the ball as well as shoot the ball from 3-point land.

“Jaime is a shooter that can stretch the floor with a high IQ,” Milby said. “She played AAU ball with Kentucky Premier. Roberts is leaving Wayne County High School as the only player in the history of the program to be a member of the 1,000 point club, 500 rebound club and 300 assist club.

A 6’0” forward from Louisville, Shead is joining Berea College after playing for Pleasure Ridge Park High School and her AAU team the Kentucky Lady Retros. With the addition of Shead, Milby is adding a scorer from the post position who can also shoot from the outside.

“Rayven is a very good scorer with her back to the basket but also can step out and shoot the three as well,” Milby said. “She is a player that can become a mismatch nightmare for the opposing team.”

Finishing out the 2014 recruiting class is Small, a 5’8” guard who played high school basketball in Elizabethtown, KY. for John Hardin High School, where she was a unanimous selection to the 5th Region All-Season Team.

Milby is excited about the versatility she will add to the team. “Zacchea is a versatile player that does a little bit of everything. She can score, rebound and defend the guard position as well as the post position,” Milby said.

“We as a staff are very excited about this recruiting class as we look to build on last year’s 14-13 record,” he added. “The best part about this recruiting class is they played AAU ball during their summer months throughout high school which tells me that they want to play basketball.”

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