Bluefield State women's basketball head coach Ryan Bailey announced the last four members of the 2018 recruiting class. "These four young ladies come ready to make the commitment to help carry out the vision and mission we have set for the women's basketball program. They are great additions to the other young ladies who made that same commitment just a few months ago."
The group of four consist of one recent high school grad, one Junior College transfer, and two NCAA Division II transfers (one of which will look very familiar to those around Bluefield). They are Jemiah Brittnum (Chester, VA), Natori Nesbit (Capitol Heights, MD), Jia Coppola (Bluefield, WV), and Tenisha Hopkins (Sandusky, OH).
Jemiah Brittnum, 5'7", Guard
Jemiah joins the Big Blues Family after completing her high school career at Thomas Dale High School (Chester, VA). If that looks familiar, it is because in early April, her high school teammate Kylah Webb, signed with the Big Blues. While at Thomas Dale, Jemiah led her team in steals, free throw percentage, averaged 8.0 points per game, and 2.1 assists per game.
Natori Nesbit, 5'9", Forward/Guard
Natori comes to Bluefield State after spending the last two seasons as a member of the Skipjacks at Chesapeake College (JUCO) in North East, MD. This past season Natori started 25 of 27 games for the Skipjacks and averaged 7.0 points per game and 4.7 rebounds. Natori will have 2 seasons of eligibility left with the Big Blues.
Jia Coppola, 5'10", Forward
Jia is one of the two NCAA Div. II transfer making her way the Big Blues. Having redshirted last season at cross county Concord University, Jia has all four years of eligibility to don the Navy and Gold. No stranger to those in the city of Bluefield as she graduated from Bluefield High School in 2017. A 1000 point scorer in high school, Jia was also named 1st team all-State as a senior while helping lead her team to the State Championship game that same season. Her play did not go un-noticed as she was named the Pocahontas Coal Association-Cole Chevrolet/Bluefield Daily Telegraph Player of the Year.
Tenisha Hopkins, 6'0", Forward
The other of the NCAA Div. II transfers, Tenisha last played in the 2016-2017 season for Alderson Broaddus University. A native of Sandusky, Ohio, Tenisha will have to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules, but will be ready to go with two years of eligibility in the 2019-2020 season. During her time at Alderson Broaddus, Tenisha saw action in 12 games, starting 6, and averaged 4.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game.