JONESBORO, Ark. (11/9/11) – Arkansas State head women's basketball coach Brian Boyer announced Wednesday that guards Xena King and Sandy Jackson of North LittleRock (Ark.) and forward Jessica Flanery of Mountain View (Ark.) have all signed National Letters of Intent to continue their careers with the Red Wolves.
King, a 5'11" combo guard, averaged 12.2 points and 3.8 rebounds during her junior season, while Jackson averaged 11.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists and is a two-time all-state and all-conference performer. The duo led North Little Rock High School to a 31-0 record and the Class 7A State Championship during the 2009-10 season and a 28-1 mark that included a trip to the 7A semifinals during their junior season.
Jackson is the daughter of Michael and Sandra Jackson and plans to major in Business, while King is the daughter of Rebecca Cunningham and Anthony King and plans to major in Athletic Training. Jackson and King are coached by Daryl Fimple at NLRHS.
"Xena is a very athletic guard," said Boyer. "In fact, she'll be as athletic as any guard in the Sun Belt Conference. She is also a very good perimeter shooter and the combination of her athletic ability and her shooting touch is going to allow her to be very successful at the next level."
"Sandy will be able to play either the point or off-guard spot in college," said Boyer. "Defensively is where she can make an immediate impact at the collegiate level; she can defend numerous positions because of her strength and toughness. The quality that you love about Sandy is her leadership ability. Whether on her high school team or AAU team, it is obvious that Sandy is a great teammate and a great leader."
As a junior at Mountain View, Flanery averaged 15 points in the playoffs to lead the Yellowjackets to the 2010-11 Class 3A State Championship. Named the Most Valuable Player of the Class 3A state tournament, Flanery helped Mountain View to a 32-2 record on the season while averaging 19 points and six rebounds. She also holds state record in football for the most points scored, most extra points and most field goals by a female. A member of the MVHS softball team and an honor roll scholar, Flanery is the daughter of Jimmy and Linnay Flanery and is coached by Steve Ross. She plans to major in Sports Medicine at ASU.
"Jessica is an all-around good player," said Boyer. "In high school she has played both guard and post, and those experiences will benefit her once she gets to college. She has the versatility that you like in a guard when you are running a motion offense. I also believe that defensively, her size and strength will allow her to defend several positions. Signing her early will allow me time to be creative in finding a way to use her field-goal kicking skills. We may come up with a full court out of bounds play where she kicks it the length of the court, if that's legal."
"I'm looking forward Jessica, Xena and Sandy joining our program," Boyer added. "We have signed three in-state guards that are very well coached; their high school coaches have prepared them very well for the next level. It also is exciting to sign three players that rarely lose. Xena and Sandy have only lost one game during the past two seasons combined, and Jessica led her team to a state championship last year, while only losing two games during the season. We have added three players to our roster that know how to win."