West Virginia women’s basketball has officially added four new Mountaineers on National Signing Day.
The new additions were announced by head coach Mike Carey, who expressed excitement about his signees.
“This is an extremely exciting day for our program,” Carey said. “I am thrilled about the addition of each of these players as they all bring a different skill set and add a different element to our roster. I am really looking forward to getting back on the court, and to the start of the 2020-2021 season. The future is extremely bright for our program.”
Carey’s 2020 class includes two transfers from Power Five schools and two junior college transfers, three of whom are guards with a forward. Meet Carey’s newest Mountaineers:
- From: Georgia Tech/Memphis, TN
- Position: Guard
- Height: 5′ 10″
- 2019-20 stats: 9.7 ppg, 0.7 apg, 3.2 rpg
Carson spent her first two years in college hoops at Georgia Tech, where she saw action in all 31 games this past season. She will provide a boost from deep for West Virginia, where she led the Yellow Jackets with a 33.8-percent clip from deep.
She especially showed off this prowess against ETSU in December, when she scored a career-high 26 points, 18 of which came from deep at a 6-of-8 three-point shooting rate. This contest was one of her 15 double-digit scoring games for the season.
“Jasmine is a great athlete and can really score the basketball,” Carey said. “When athleticism and skill combine, it is a lethal combination, and Jasmine has both. Jasmine keeps the defense on edge with her 3-point shot and gets her shot off quick. She plays the game with great speed and her length and quickness will benefit our team on both ends of the floor.”
Carson says she received a lot of interest across the country when she decided to transfer, but Carey and his staff made the choice rather easy.
“After receiving tons of calls from other Power 5 schools, West Virginia University immediately soared to the top of my list because Coach Carey and Coach (Bett) Shelby personalized attention to me – their background knowledge of my basketball skills and talent, and their willingness and commitment to develop me into a better student athlete,” she said. “I found my people and am excited to call WVU my new home.”
- From: Mississippi State/Collierville, TN
- Position: Guard
- Height: 5′ 11″
- 2019-20 stats: 1.6 ppg, 0.7 apg, 1.0 rpg
Hemingway got playing time in spurts throughout her freshman season, but interestingly enough, she sat on the bench for much of WVU’s 71-65 victory over the Bulldogs in December.
Before her year in Starkville, Hemingway made Houston High School history by scoring 2,599 points — the all-time record — while earning a spot on the Tennessee Sports Writers’ Association All-State girl’s basketball team in her four years. She was a four-star recruit coming out of high school with a resume filled with District Player of the Year, Region Most Valuable Player and Gatorade Tennessee Player of the Year honors.
“I chose WVU because I just felt like all the coaches were extremely genuine,” Hemingway said. “They put a lot of faith in me, and I just knew in my heart that this was my new home.”
Carey says he looks forward to adding someone like Hemingway, who adds a layer of aggression to the WVU backcourt.
“Jayla is an extremely athletic guard that is always in attack mode. She has great size and the ability to get downhill and really score the basketball in a variety of ways at a high level or create for her teammates,” he said. “I love how aggressive and forceful she is, and she plays the game with an unbelievable amount of grit. The versatility she has in her game will really help us offensively and defensively.”
- From: Chipola Community College/Toledo, OH
- Position: Forward
- Height: 6′ 3″
- 2019-20: 13.9 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 1.4 apg
Carey knows exactly what he will be getting out of Ariel Cummings.
“Ariel brings toughness, seriousness and aggressiveness to the paint,” he said. “She has the ability to power up through defenders on the block and shoot the basketball from the high post. She rebounds at a high level, and I am excited about all she will bring to add to our post game.”
Cummings is coming to Morgantown by way of Chipola Community College, where she averaged a double-double as a sophomore. A consistent scorer, she scored in double-figures in all but six games last season, and had double-digit boards in all but seven.
On defense, Cummings adds an extra layer as a rim protector, averaging 3.3 blocks per game while swatting away at least five shots in seven contests.
“I chose West Virginia so that I could be a part of a family. Watching their games during my recruitment showed me how well I could fit in with their speed and style of play,” Cummings said. “Talking to the coaching staff gave me constant reassurance that I would not only be taken care of but also constantly pushed to become better. I am from the Midwest and like colder weather, so it is going to be nice to be closer to home. I feel so honored to compete at such a high level, and I could not be happier to accomplish great things as a Mountaineer.”
- From: Hutchinson C.C./Baldwin City, KS
- Position: Forward
- Height: 5′ 8″
- 2019-20 stats: 15.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.5 apg
Spending two seasons at Hutchinson Community College, Ogle saw a bump in her minutes in her sophomore year — and with it, came a big spike in her stats. Both her rebounding and scoring numbers nearly doubled as she helped lead her team to a 28-4 record — including a 19-2 mark in conference.
While she averaged double-digits in the scoring column, she led the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference with 3.7 steals and set her school’s single-game record with 12 steals against Hesston College. In total, she nabbed 213 steals — the second highest in Hutchinton CC history — while earning a First Team All-Region VI and Third Team All-American honors from the NJCAA.
Plus, she was named Jayhawk West Player of the Year.
“Abby’s ability to score the basketball, especially shoot the 3-point shot will be great for our team,” Carey said. “She can really stretch the defense with her 3-point shooting range and plays the game with great toughness, and I love that about her. Her ability to score the basketball with the added toughness that she plays the game with will be impactful for our team and program.”
Coming from Kansas to West Virginia, joining the Mountaineers is helping Ogle make a dream of hers come true.
“I chose West Virginia because it’s always been my dream to play in the Big 12 and at the division-one level,” she said. “WVU is giving me that opportunity. I am excited to be a Mountaineer.”