Nov. 20, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Women’s Basketball begins its latest signing class with the additions of Yamonie Jenkins, Quiera Lampkins, and Destini Cooper, the program announced on Tuesday. These current high school student-athletes will join Ohio at the outset of the 2013-14 academic year.
“I am very excited to have these three join our Bobcat family,” said Head Coach Semeka Randall. “I have watched them compete for several years and their growth over that time, talent, and knowledge of the game will immediately impact our program.”
Yamonie Jenkins will come to Athens from Reynoldsburg High School in central Ohio. The 5’7’’ point guard is the court general for one of the top teams in Ohio, as her Reynoldsburg Raiders went 26-1 and were ranked No. 2 in the state during the 2011-12 season. Jenkins not only has the ability to score (5.7 points per game), but has terrific court vision, as she can be counted upon for 5.6 assists per game. Her defensive ability is also impressive, resulting in her average steal count of 4.0 per contest.
“A leader on the court, Yamonie’s ability to run the floor on both ends will help us immensely,” Randall said. “She has a natural feel for the game, something which cannot be taught, and it will help us take this program to a new level.”
Reynoldsburg Team Success from 2009-12 (With Jenkins and Cooper)
Columbus 2 District champions in 2011-12.
Powell 3 District champions in 2010-11
Powell 1 District champions in 2009-10
Destini Cooper was one of the top scorers on the aforementioned Reynoldsburg Raiders, averaging 9.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in 2011-12 while playing alongside fellow signee Yamonie Jenkins. Cooper had the ability to score points in bunches, achieving double figures on 12 occasions last season. She also proved to be a dominant force on the glass on numerous occasions, collecting at least ten rebounds in five separate games throughout the season.
Cooper has shown that she is a well-rounded player throughout her junior season at Reynoldsburg, chipping in to help her team with 1.7 steals per game and 1.0 assists per contest.
“Destini will be a presence in the post,” Randall said. “Her ability to work down low will provide us some depth and flexibility with our game plans. We are looking forward to developing her in the next couple of years.”
Headed into the 2012-13 season, Yamonie and Destini have helped lead Reynoldsburg to 28 straight league victories.
Rated at a score of 90 on ESPN’s High School Girls’ Basketball list, Quiera Lampkins is currently a senior at Gahanna Lincoln High School. The 5’9” point guard is a native of Gahanna, Ohio, and helped lead her high school team to an impressive 18-7 mark during the 2011-12 season. Lampkins was a huge reason the Golden Lions won the Columbus 1 District final last season, as she scored 27 points in a 63-46 win over Pickerington North High School.
Lampkins has been a part of a number of strong teams at Gahanna Lincoln, as her Golden Lions stormed through the Powell 1 District Tournament in 2010-11, ultimately ending as runners-up to Columbus Northland. She was also a part of a District-winning team in 2009-10, as her Golden Lions easily dispatched their competition in the Powell 3 District, winning four games by an average margin of 26 points.
“Quiera will be a key factor defensively,” Randall added. “Her quickness will enable us to lock our opponents in and will also help us to create different offensive combinations.”
Ohio Women’s Basketball will next be in action on Sunday, Nov. 25 when it hosts Duquesne. The Bobcats and Dukes will tip off from The Convocation Center at 2 p.m.