College Sports

Winthrop recruits announced

Winthrop head women's basketball coach Bud Childers announced the remainder of his 2007 recruiting class on Friday.

After signing Sarah Scott during the early signing period in the fall, Childers added Asha Gwynn, Ashley Cox and Jennifer Walker to complete the class.

Gwynn is a 6-0 forward out of Woodbridge, Va., where she attended C.D. Hylton high school. As a senior she averaged 9.2 points and 7.0 rebounds. She was named to the Westfield HS 5th Annual "Bulldog Bash" Holiday All-Tournament Team and named to the South County Tip-Off Classic All-Tournament Team. Gwynn was selected to the Second Team All-District, Cardinal District. The four-year varsity letter winner also played for the AAU Cardinals Basketball Team.

"Increasing our teams overall athleticism and defensive versatility led us to the recruitment of Asha," said Childers, who begins his fourths season. "Asha is a very intense competitor who will shake things up on the court. Her offensive skills are very underrated so don't be surprised to see her exceed most people's expectations. We expect Asha to be an immediate contributor."

Cox is a 6-2 forward from the Bronx, N.Y., where she attended Manhattan Center/Science and Math. Cox averaged 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds as a senior in 13 games. She was first team All-City and second team All-State. As a junior she averaged 17.2 points and 4.5 rebounds and was an All-City First Team selection. She was a four-year starter, playing her first two years at External Hackensack High School.

"Ashley is one of the smoothest players you will ever see on the court," said Childers. "She possesses a great feel for the game and can play multiple positions. She is a very good three-point shooter, but can also take you off the dribble or post you up. She has great size and length which makes her an excellent prospect on defense. Her court vision and unselfishness are great attributes.

"She played in an outstanding high school league in New York City and played in one of the top AAU programs in the country. She has the potential to be an immediate player next year. She is a very motivated student and an outstanding young person."

Jennifer Walker, a 6-2 center out of Memphis, played the last two seasons at Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tenn., where she helped lead the Lady Senators to the TJCCAA/NJCAA Region VII title and a semi-finals appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament.

"Jen brings a presence to the court in the low post we felt we were sorely missing this past season," said Childers. "Her size, strength, and intensity will be a great addition in our post game. Her maturity and experience will bring immediate benefit to the program next season."

Scott, who attended Buford High School in Dacula, Ga., was All-County and All-Region honors.

The Lady Eagles were 6-26 last year, but ended the season on a high note by becoming the first ever eight-seed to knock off the top-seed in Big South Women's Basketball tournament history when they defeated High Point 57-50. Winthrop returns 10 players from last year's squad.