UMES Women's Basketball head coach Fred Batchelor

July 1, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – As the new academic school year inches closer, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball program announced the signing of three new recruits for the upcoming season: Shauntesha Bryant, Alexus Hicks, and Gabriella Odom.

“Alexus (Hicks), Gabby (Gabriella Odom), and Shauntesha (Bryant) will make a positive impact on our team,” said UMES Women’s Basketball head coach Fred Batchelor. “All three ladies come from winning backgrounds and will provide depth to our club.”

Bryant arrives to UMES after a four-year career from William Nottingham H.S. in Syracuse, New York. The Syracuse-native received multiple individual awards while leading the Bulldogs to back-to-back league championships (2013 & 2014).

“I want us to improve and go deeper into the (MEAC) tournament,” Bryant stated. “I want to help the team and develop on the defensive side.”

Tesha was named to the All-League District Team twice, including first-team last season. In the fall, Bryant plans to study Computer Science.

“Shauntesha has the physicality and strength to fit into our offensive system,” Batchelor stated. “Her greatest strength is the ability to play inside and out. She has a versatile skill set that will bring toughness and depth to our forward position.”

In four seasons at Southeast Raleigh High School in Raleigh, N.C., Hicks won 93-percent of her games (108-8), including a 30-1 mark in her junior season. In that season, she averaged 12.4 points-per-game (PPG) and 7.8 assists-per-game (APG) while earning individual honors, such as All-Conference, All-State, All-Tournament, and All-District.

“I want to make it farther than last season,” Hicks expressed. “I want us to grow as a team, win more games, and rank among the top teams in the MEAC.”

Academically, Hicks was an honor student in high school and looks to pursue an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science.

“Alexus has a strong love and desire for the game,” Batchelor stated. “She has all the skillsets to make an immediate impact for the team next season.”

Odom comes to Princess Anne from Houston, Texas where she played three seasons at Lamar High School, the same high school that produced Washington Redskins Defensive Lineman Brian Orakpo.

“I want to become an all-round impact player for my team,” Odom stated. “I’m a player who truly wants everyone on the team to succeed.”

During her tenure, she led the team in scoring for three consecutive seasons (2012-2014) and guided the team to the playoffs twice (2012 & 2014). Similar to Hicks, Odom was an honor student and plans on majoring in Exercise Science.

“Gabby is a 5’10” wing player with tremendous upside,” said Batchelor. “She has great work ethic on the court and inside the classroom. She will development into a solid player over her tenure.”

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