Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Shervonte Bright signs with Northeast Mississippi Community College

image and photo from Northeast Mississippi athletics site

Northeast Mississippi Community College’s latest women’s basketball signee has been a Bear and a Roadrunner in recent years.

However, former Ridgeway High School (Memphis, Tenn.) standout Shervonte ‘Vonte’ Bright will don the black and gold as a Lady Tiger for the 2011-12 season after signing with Brian Alexander’s program on Monday, July 25 during a ceremony held in the media room inside the Haney Union on the Booneville campus.

“I appreciate the opportunity and want to be a positive addition to our team and help bring another championship to the Northeast,” Bright said. “Coach Alexander is someone I trust and I think he can help me grow into a better player and person.”

Bright, a 6-0 forward, joins eight others in the Lady Tigers 2011-12 recruiting class as Amber Jackson of Tupelo, Katie Garvin of Kossuth, India Howard and Shunquest Howell of Ripley, Suzzette Suggs of Coffeeville, Krystal Jackson of New Site, Kebrina Lucas of New Albany and Nikki McChristian of Lafayette County have all agreed to put on the black and gold for the 2011-12 season.

“Vonte Bright is another player we have added that fits our desire to play an exciting up-tempo style of play next season,” Alexander said. “She is 6-0 and brings a tremendous skill set that will allow her to play multiple positions for us.”

During her senior season at Ridgeway High School in Memphis, Tenn., Bright played with one of the South’s best players – Hasina Muhammad who signed to play for Nell Fortner at Auburn University.

Bright and Muhammad helped lead the Lady Roadrunners to a 20-9 record her senior season after transferring from Trezevant following her junior campaign where Bright led the Lady Bears to a 7-1 mark in the district.

Over the past two years, Bright has guided her clubs to nearly 35 victories and scored over 550 points.

“We are excited to sign her this late in the recruiting game,” Alexander said. “She comes from a nice family that absolutely fell in love with Northeast after their visit to campus.”

During her time at Ridgeway, Bright averaged 11.7 points per game and pulled down 6.7 rebounds per contest in addition to a tallying 3.1 steals an outing and 1.8 assists per night.

Bright scored 316 points her senior year at Ridgeway while coming away with 242 markers as a member of the Trezevant basketball team in 2009-10.

In 2010-11, Bright led the Lady Roadrunners in three-pointers made (24), three-point percentage (31.0), free throw percentage (75) and steals per game (3.1).

Bright was second on the team in assists with 49, defensive rebounds – pulling down 104 and total rebounds 175.

Bright tallied three double-doubles during her senior campaign recording 17 points and 10 rebounds against Miller Career Academy (Mo.) on December 22, 2010; 17 points and 12 rebounds against Wooddale (Tenn.) on Feb. 8 and 12 points and 12 rebounds against Germantown on Feb. 11.

While scoring double digits 15 times during her senior year, Bright tallied a season-high 28 in a 76-60 win over Southwind (Tenn.) on January 13 and went for 25 points in a 59-49 scrap with Bolivar Central (Tenn.) on November 19, 2010.

During her junior season at Trezevant, Brightalmost averaged a double-double with 12.7 points per game an 8.7 rebounds per contest. Bright also averaged 3.8 steals a game and had 2.4 assists per night for the Lady Bears.

Bright and the rest of the Lady Tigers will tip off their 2011-12 season against Wallace State (Ala.) on Tuesday, November 1 in Booneville at 5:30 p.m.

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