West Virginia women’s basketball coach Mike Carey has a lot of new talent to play with for their next campaign after adding seven new Mountaineers in both the early signing period and on National Signing Day in the spring.
In the fall, Carey announced the signing of forward JeAnna Cunningham, guard Giana Hernandez-Boulden and guard Taziah Jenks. Months later, the quartet of forwards Jayla Hemingway and Ariel Cummings, and guards Jasmine Carson and Abby Ogle — adding not only a high volume of players, but a diversity of skill as well.
As he watched his team this past season, Carey knew exactly what his team needed when he started working on his recruiting class.
“I felt last year that we just didn’t shoot the basketball very well and didn’t score very well,” he said. “I mean, we were holding teams under 60 at times and was getting beat, so we’ve got to be able to score the ball better and shoot the ball better.”
The early signing class will all come in as freshmen, but the second class will come in as transfers from either junior college or Division I — which, from a coaching standpoint, generally don’t need to develop as much upon arrival.
To address those scoring woes, Carey added Carson to his roster from Georgia Tech, where she proved herself as a shooter. But she is far from the only asset that will come from that class.
“We signed a shooter, we signed another post player, we signed a couple other guards that can penetrate and shoot the basketball,” he said.
Cummings should also add some depth to their offensive attack after averaging a double-double in junior college, as should Cunningham, who did the same in high school.
Ultimately, Carey is excited to get started with his new players, and says that they should all make the Mountaineers a better basketball team for the future.
“I thought we were able to go out and get players that will be able to do that,” he said. “Help us score the ball better and if we can do that we will be a better team.”