The Bluefield State women's basketball team and head coach Ryan Bailey are pleased to welcome the first eight signees of the 2018 recruiting class. "With the foundation that this year's team was able to lay, this group of signees will be able to help and continue to build our program up in the right direction. I couldn't be more excited about the future of Big Blues women's basketball", says Bailey.
This group of eight young ladies hail from 3 different states (West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina). They will consist of seven high school graduates and one junior college transfer. They will cover all five positions on the floor and range in height from 5'8" to 6'1". They are Dani Janutolo (Bluefield, WV), Kara Sandy (Bud, WV), Holly Toller (Logan, WV), Alexus Tucker (Raleigh, NC), Kylah Webb (Chester, VA), Hayleigh Whited (Richlands, VA), Tyeisha Williams (Eden, NC), and Madison Wilcox (Lavalette, WV).
Dani Janutolo, 5'11", Guard
Dani played her senior year of basketball at Tazewell High School (Tazewell, VA) after playing her first three years at Bluefield High School. Dani was a first team All-State selection her senior year while also reaching the 1000 point scoring plateau. During her first three years of high school while at Bluefield, Dani was named to the All-State team every year. She was also a key piece in their State runner-up finish in her junior year. This past season, the first team All-District and All-Region player averaged 19.0 points a game and was selected to play in the Virginia vs. Tennessee all-star game.
Kara Sandy, 6'0", Guard
Kara comes to Bluefield State after a very successful high school career at Wyoming East H.S. (WV) that saw her win a State Championship during her sophomore year and State runner-up her senior year. Kara who is also the Valedictorian of her class, was named to the All-State teams her freshman, sophomore, and senior seasons. This past season, Kara led her team in scoring averaging 16.2 points a game, while also averaging 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. She was named to the State All-tournament team her freshman, sophomore, and senior seasons.
Holly Toller, 6'1", Post
Holly will join the Big Blues after finishing up her high school career the past two seasons at Logan High School (WV). She spent her first two years attending and playing at Scott H.S. (WV). An All-State performer her senior year, Holly averaged 18.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks a game this past year. The two time All-Cardinal Conference stand-out, also led her team to the Elite Eight in the State this past season. The Honor Society student will be graduating with honors.
Alexus Tucker, 5'8", Guard
Alexus Tucker, who was tabbed as one of the top prospects from North Carolina by ESPN Hoopgurlz and Dan Olson (Collegiate Girls Basketball Report), comes to Bluefield State from Millbrook High School (Raleigh, NC). Alexus was a member of the State Championship team her sophomore year and State runner-up her junior year of high school. The National Honor Society and All-Conference student-athlete averaged 10.4 points, 6.2 assists, 2.3 steals, and 5.4 rebounds a game during her senior campaign.
Kylah Webb, 6'1", Post
Kylah joins the Big Blues women's basketball program after playing her high school years at Thomas Dale High School (Chester, VA). Having missed both her sophomore and junior years due to ACL injuries, Kylah was only able to play her freshman and senior years. During her senior year, where she was awarded with the Return to Sender (most blocks) and senior team awards, averaged 9.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2 blocks a game this year.
Hayleigh Whited, 5'10", Forward
Hayleigh, who was named All-Region her senior year, played her high school days at nearby Richlands High School (Richlands, VA). The honor roll student was also named All-Conference while helping Richlands to State play-offs. Her senior year she averaged 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots per game.
Tyeisha Williams, 5'8", Guard
Tyeisha is the lone junior college transfer of the group of eight signees. Having played her high school ball at the Carlisle School (Martinsville, VA), played her freshman stanza at Patrick Henry Community College. The All-State performer in high school, helped lead PHCC this season while posting averages of 13 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game.
Madison Wilcox, 5'10", Forward
Madison will be coming to Bluefield State via Wayne High School (W.V.). The All-State performer her senior year and 2-time All-Cardinal Conference player averaged a double-double over the past two years. Playing a big part in the rebuilding process at Wayne, she helped lead them to the West Virginia State Final Four this past season. The honor roll student will leave Wayne High School with an average of 11.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 2.5 blocks during her 4 year career.