Nov. 16, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau announced the signing of four-star recruit Jakelle King-Gilchrist from the 2012 Class on Wednesday.
A 5-9 guard out of Teaneck, N.J., King-Gilchrist is ranked as one of the top 50 guards in the nation by ESPN HoopGurlz.
“We’re really excited for Jakelle to join our program for a number of reasons,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “She really fits in great with our players. She has a great personality and will add to our chemistry. Academically, she is very sharp and has a desire to learn. She is also a phenomenal athlete. She is the prototypical player for our program. She is long and she can defend. On the offensive end, she has the ability to shoot the three. She will be a great addition to our program, especially as we lose some of our veteran wing players in the next couple of years.”
King-Gilchrist led her Teaneck High School team to a ranking as high as No. 2 in the New Jersey Top 25 in 2010-11. She had 24 points in Teaneck’s 90-48 sectional title victory in 2011, and helped the squad advance to the New Jersey Group 3 Final. Teaneck capped the 2010-11 season with a 26-4 record with King-Gilchrist averaging over 20 ppg despite coming off the bench for the first part of the season.
She captured First Team All-Bergen Country, First All-Group 3, First Team All-Junior and Third-Team All-State honors at the end of the 2010-11 season.
This past fall she was named MVP of the highly-competitive Nike Rose Classic, while playing for her club team, the New Jersey Sparks Elite.
King-Gilchrist has a 3.5 high school GPA and had offers to continue her basketball career at Ivy League universities. She is interested in studying sports medicine.
The combo guard is projected to add depth to a Seminole team that is only expected to lose senior center Cierra Bravard next season. She will fit into FSU’s style of play that emphasizes versatility and aggressiveness.
Florida State is 2-1 this season and heads to Gainesville, Fla., on Thursday to face the Gators at 5:30 p.m.
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