Women's Basketball Adds Six for the 2007-2008 Season
August 13, 2007
Shreveport, La. – LSUS Head Women’s Basketball Coach Ronnie Howell announced today the addition of five high school players and a junior college transfer to the 2007 recruiting class. The 2007 freshman class includes Callie Davis, Whitney Hollins, Fawn Hutto, Chrisy Jackson and Amanda Perkins. Junior college transfer Jamien Arvie rounds out the 2007 class.
“The 2007 class is one of the most talented recruiting classes to come to LSUS in this my fifth season as the head coach,” Howell said. “We worked very hard this off-season to help bring in these quality athletes to our program. I am very excited to get the opportunity to coach such a talented group of young girls.”
Among the newcomers, the Lady Pilots didn’t have to look very far to find Callie Davis. Davis, a 5’10” guard/forward from Benton High School in Benton, Louisiana, was an All-District performer for two seasons and an Academic All-District selection for three consecutive years.
“Callie will give us some size and depth at the forward spot, and she can step out and shoot the three,” said Howell. “With her height, she could also be a big guard for us.”
Whitney Hollins is a 5’5” guard from Fairview High School in Grant, Louisiana. Hollins averaged 25 points per game during her senior season for the Class B State Champion Fairview Panthers. Hollins was a first team All-District, All-Southwest Louisiana, All-CENLA and Class B All-State selection for two years. She was also the Class B All-State MVP her senior year, in which she scored 30 points in the state championship game and was selected as the game’s MVP.
“Whitney will give us something we didn’t have last year, and that is someone who can consistently nail the three-point shot,” added Howell. “She is one of those players that has a knack to score, but is not one dimensional. She comes from a very strong, small school program that competes against larger classifications with no fear. Whitney could be a very special player for us immediately.”
Fawn Hutto, a 5’8” guard from Caldwell Parish High School in Columbia, Louisiana, will also join the Lady Pilots for the 2007-2008 season. Hutto finished her senior season campaign averaging 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists per game. She was an All-District selection three times during her high school career.
“Fawn is a very athletic guard that has played both guard spots in high school,” Howell said. “She is a multi-sport athlete that has been successful at every sport she has been involved with. Fawn is an extremely hard worker who gives all she has at all times.”
Christy Jackson comes to LSUS after completing her high school career at Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Louisiana. Jackson, a 5’10” guard, was an All-District and Academic All-District performer all four years in high school. Jackson led the entire district in scoring her senior season, averaging 22 points per game. Her junior year, she averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds per game. Jackson led her Mansfield High team to the state semifinals her junior year and to the state finals her senior year.
“Christy is a long, rangy guard that plays hard and is always around the ball,” commented Howell. “She comes from a very successful high school program that went to the state tournament her last two seasons, and she played a major role in them getting there.”
Another Louisiana native to ink a scholarship with the Lady Pilots this summer is Amanda Perkins, a 5’7” guard from St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Metairie. Perkins was a four-year letterwinner and is the all-time leading scorer in St. Martin’s history. Perkins was a four-time All District selection and the District MVP two years in a row. She was also a member on the All-East Jefferson, All-Metro and All-State teams her last two seasons of competition.
“Amanda is a guard that sees the floor very well and can also score,” Howell said. “She is also going to give us a three point threat, but she can score off the dribble as well. She will probably be asked to learn both the wing and the point positions this fall, and she could very easily help us at both spots.”
Finally, junior college transfer Jamien Arvie will add immediate help and experience to the 2007-2008 Lady Pilot roster. Arvie, a 5’8” guard, averaged 9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game during her sophomore season at LSU-Eunice. Arvie ended her JUCO career at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament with a 26 point, 16 rebound performance. In high school, Arvie was an All-District and All-Parish selection at Ville Platte High School in Ville Platte, Louisiana. She was also the Valedictorian of her 2005 high school graduating class.
“Jamien is a guard that is a very strong offensive and defensive rebounder,” said Howell. “She is more of a slasher, but can knock down the three if left alone. Jamien’s experience at the college level will help us tremendously.”
The LSUS women’s basketball team will report for the beginning of fall classes on August 27th.