Jan. 4, 2012
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon announced Wednesday that former Clemson guard Kelia Shelton has enrolled in classes for the winter quarter in Ruston and has joined the Lady Techster basketball program.
Although Shelton, a native of Rock Hill, South Carolina, began practicing immediately in mid-December with the team, she will have to sit out a year due to the NCAA transfer rules. She will become eligible to begin playing at the start of the winter quarter next year.
"She is an amazing, amazing athlete," Weatherspoon said. "You take a look at her frame. She is so strong. This kid can do everything. It's rare to hear me say a kid can do everything. She is WNBA material. It's a matter of allowing us to fill her vessel and her wanting to get better. She is happy to be at Louisiana Tech, and that is a key. I'm telling you this is one kid who can get it done.
"She has changed the spirit of our practice because of how hard she works. We are using her on the scout team. She is making it more competitive in practice."
The 5-foot-8-inch guard played 30 games as a true freshman for the Tigers in 2010-11, making seven starts. She averaged 4.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while averaging 21 minutes per contest for the Atlantic Coast Conference program.
She scored a career-high 14 points against Top 10 North Carolina in the ACC Tournament, while also dishing out four assists and recording zero turnovers in the contest. She also pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds against South Carolina State.
Shelton was ranked as the 40th best point guard in the country by Hoopgurlz.com and the 51st best by Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report coming out of Northwestern High School.