JONESBORO — Arkansas State women’s basketball coach Matt Daniel announced six signees Wednesday who will join the Red Wolves for the 2021-22 season.
The Red Wolves’ signing class includes Leilani Augmon (San Jose, Calif.), Kiayra Ellis (Shreveport, La.), Lauryn Pendleton (Little Rock), Jade Upshaw (Sapulpa, Okla.), Mailyn Wilkerson (Houston, Texas) and Jada Williams (Union City, Tenn.).
“This class has a lot of versatility in it,” Daniel said. “We’re very excited about the new additions and it’s a hugely important class for our future. There are a lot of interchangeable parts, especially around the perimeter, as we look to build this program the right way. I’m very proud for them to be a part of our family.
“A huge credit goes to our staff, especially in these tough times, with the class that we’ve put together. We have a great melting pot on our staff and it bleeds over into our program. Our staff did a great job and I truly believe we are one of the most efficient staffs in the country. You’re only as good as your assistants, and I’ll put our staff up against anybody in the country. I’m extremely proud to be a part of this group that we go to work with every day.”
Augmon, a 5-11 guard/forward, is a sophomore at New Mexico Junior College. As a freshman at Seward County (Kan.), she shared freshman of the year honors in her conference. Her cousin, Stacey Augmon, was picked ninth overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1991 NBA Draft after starring at UNLV.
Ellis, a 6-0 forward, was a key to Captain Shreve’s 2019 Louisiana Class 5A state championship team. In the title game, Ellis scored 13 points. She was an honorable mention all-district 1-5A selection this past season.
Pendleton, a 5-9 guard from Little Rock Central, earned all-state and all-conference honors as a junior after averaging 14 points and three rebounds per game.
Upshaw, a 5-7 guard, enters her senior season having totaled 1,373 career points in three seasons for Kellyville High School. She has started on teams with a combined 61-22 record.
Wilkerson, a 5-7 guard, is a freshman at Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College. She led Humble (Texas) Summer Creek to a 31-5 record and the Region III-6A semifinals as a high school senior.
Williams, a 6-0 guard/forward, earned all-state laurels as a Union City (Tenn.) junior. On the club scene, Williams helped her team to a national championship in 2020.