Nov. 16, 2012
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon added a pair of high school prep stars to her program on Friday as the Lady Techsters inked center Kevione Moten and guard JaQuan Jackson to national letters of intent.
Moten is a 6-foot-4-inch center from Ouachita High School in Monroe while Jackson is a 5-foot-8-inch shooting guard from Harker Heights High School in Texas.
Moten, who grew up in New Orleans before moving to Monroe with her family following Hurricane Gustav in 2008, has lettered the past four years for coach John Merritt at Ouachita High School.
"Kevione is a big sign for us as we continue to try to get bigger inside," Weatherspoon said. "We will have four wonderful years with her. She is a post that runs the floor really well. Defensively, she will be a force as it will be difficult for opponents to get their shot off against her. She is a wonderful, awesome young lady. She is coachable, and she just wants to get better. Her upside is tremendously bright."
Having only played basketball since her freshman year at Ouachita, Moten averaged 7.5 points and 6.0 rebounds a game last year for a Lady Lions team that won 30 games and saw eight different players average between seven and nine points per game.
"I think Kevione is a kid that will continue to develop," Merritt said. "It will be a couple of years before we really know what her potential is on the collegiate level. She is a hard working kid. I think she runs the floor extremely well for a 6-foot-4 kid. She can get a little more physical. I think you will see the biggest strides made in her game on the offensive end as she continues to improve her post moves. I thought out of the schools that were offering her, Louisiana Tech was the perfect fit for her all along."
Moten, who had more than a dozen Division I offers, was named second team all-district and second team all-Northeast Louisiana by the Monroe News-Star last year despite sharing time on a very deep Ouachita team that saw Merritt rotate a lot of players.
Jackson joins LA Tech after lettering the past four years for Coach Shirretha Nelson at Harker Heights High School in Texas where she led the Lady Knights to a 35-2 record and a second straight Region II-5A quarterfinal appearance last year.
"JaQuan is a guard who can do it all," Weatherspoon said. "I'm extremely pleased that she chose to join our program and spend the next four years with us. She is an immediate impact player. She has great range on her shot. She is a lanky guard with great speed and athleticism. She has the ability to make those around her better. We are lucky to be a part of her future in this game."
The three-time all-district selection was named the District 12-5A co-MVP as a junior while averaging 12.2 points, 4.9 steals and 2.9 assists per game. She set the school record with seven three-pointers in a game as a junior against Shoemaker and has already scored 29 points in the season opener this year.
"She is one of the most athletic kids that I have ever coached," said Nelson. "I think she is going to be very successful at the next level. I've seen her game grow. She has gone from being primarily a slasher to now possessing an outside game. I'm excited to see what she can do on the next level."
Jackson, who chose LA Tech over Texas, UTEP and Houston, is ranked as the 55th best shooting guard in the country by Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. She is also ranked by numerous other national publications. She plays AAU basketball for the Sophia Young Elite organization.
"On my visit I really felt (the school and program) was somewhere that I fit in," Jackson said. "Everyone made me feel comfortable. Overall, the coaching staff is great. Teresa Weatherspoon is one of the greatest players to ever play, and I am really inspired by her. I love the team."
Killeen, Texas (Harker Heights HS)
High School: Lettered four years at Harker Heights for Coach Shirretha Nelson ... Led the Lady Knights to a 35-2 record and a second straight Region II-5A quarterfinal appearance as a junior ... Named District 12-5A co-MVP as a junior ... Three-time all-district selection ... Was named District 12-5A Freshman of the Year ... Averaged 12.2 points, 4.9 steals and 2.9 assists per game as a junior ... Averaged 10.1 points and 1.4 steals per game as a sophomore while leading Harker Heights to a 27-11 record ... Set the school single game record with seven three-pointers against Shoemaker High School ... Is a Premier Basketball Top 2013 "Player to Watch" ... Ranked as the 55th best shooting guard in the country by Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report (275th best player in country) ... Recognized by HoopGurlz as Top 2013 nationally ... Ranked Top 150 nationally by Bret McCormick's All-Star Girls Report ... Chose Louisiana Tech over Texas, UTEP and Houston ... Plays for the Sophia Young Elite organization in AAU ... Personal: Full name is JaQuan Marie Jackson ... Daughter of Willie Jackson and Pamela Jackson ... Has brothers, Jamal and Jaron ... Has two sisters, Janae and Jazmin ... Born April 14, 1995 in Watertown, New York.
Monroe, La. (Ouachita HS)
High School: Lettered four years for John Merritt at Ouachita High School ... Helped lead the Lady Lions to a 30-7 record and the semifinals of the state playoffs as a junior ... Helped lead Ouachita to a 24-10, the District 2-5A title and the second round of the state playoffs as a sophomore ... As a junior, she was named second team all-District 2-5A and second team all-northeast Louisiana by Monroe News-Star ... Averaged 7.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game as a junior for a team that had eight players average between seven and nine points per game ... First year of playing organized basketball was as a freshman at Ouachita High School ... Had more than a dozen Division I offers and chose Louisiana Tech over schools such as UALR and McNeese State ... Personal: Full name is Kevione T'Keyah Moten ... Daughter of Risha Moten and Dorrell Moten ... Has three brothers, Gregory Tepp, Dorrell Moten Junior and Tarrell Moten ... Has one sister, Ka'Risha Tepp ... Live in New Orleans until 2008 when her family moved to Monroe following Hurricane Gustav ... Attended Holy Ghost Catholic School in New Orleans until relocating to north Louisiana ... Born Feb. 12, 1994 in New Orleans.