The Auburn University at Montgomery women's basketball program and head coach Dan Davis has announced the signing of junior college teammates Kenya Drayton and Ashley deVries to scholarship papers on Wednesday.
The duo played together at Snead State Community College in Boaz, Ala., and join early signees Jasmine Jackson (G/Snellville, Ga./Brookwood High School) and Marren Schwartz (C/Monroe, Ga./George Walton Academy) as future Lady Senators.
"These two young ladies have the toughness and competitiveness we expect the players in our program to have," Davis said of the tandem. "They had good high school and junior college careers, both in the classroom and on the court, and I expect them to continue that trend in both areas at AUM. I am excited about their addition to our program."
Drayton, a 6-0 forward, led the Parsons in scoring during each of her two seasons with the program, earning all-state honors both years. During her career, she appeared in 50 games, posting five double-doubles, including a 13-point, 11-rebound performance in her first collegiate game.
As a sophomore, the Hephzibah, Ga., native, averaged 12.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, while in her first season, she averaged 10.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Last season, she converted better than 70 percent of her free throws, hitting 102-of-144 attempts, and also adding 17 blocked shots and 21 steals.
Drayton prepped at Hephzibah High School, where she averaged 17.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game for the Lady Rebels. During her senior campaign, she earned regional player of the year honors in both basketball and volleyball, while also being selected to the Georgia All Star Team. Academically, she was a member of the National Honor Society and was ranked ninth in her graduating class of 290 students.
"Kenya will add a presence next year to offense, defense and on the glass," Davis said. "She has strong moves on the block and is a smart player who gets to the free throw line consistently. She really likes to play a physical brand of basketball, and I feel she will bring the toughness that we demand in our program."
A 6-2 post player from Clermont, Fla., deVries appeared in 48 games during her tenure at Snead State. Last season, she averaged 5.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while as a freshman, she chipped in 3.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per contest.
deVries joined the Parsons following a standout prep career at East Ridge High School, where she was a two-time all-state selection for the Knights. In each of her first three seasons, she paced the squad in rebounds, while earning all-conference honors as a freshman. For her career, she averaged 8.9 points and 12.3 rebounds per contest, while converting 87 percent of her free throws. She also earned the GPA Excellence award as a junior.
"Ashley is a nice addition to our program," Davis said of deVries. "She moves well and can spread a defense because she can knock down a jumper, but is also able to play with her back to the basket. I believe she will be a player that will be able to defend some of the bigger players in our league and also contribute on the glass."
The Lady Senators finished the 2010-11 season with a 14-16 overall record, including a 5-7 mark in Southern States Athletic Conference play.