New Lipscomb Lady Bisons’ basketball coach Greg Brown got his first look at the 2012-2013 recruiting class when the players and their parents arrived for the start of Junemester classes earlier this week.
All six newcomers, five freshmen and one college transfer, were signed by former Lady Bisons coach Frank Bennett and his staff. Brown has watched the players on videotape. His first impressions were positive after meeting them in person.
“I’ve heard good things about their work ethic,” Brown said. “You can tell they are very loyal to the school and to the program. We had heard so many things about them. I am excited about that.
“I knew coming in that they are going to be high-quality, high-character kids, tough competitors and loyal to the university. All those things are what we want, no matter what. You know they are going to have the intangibles.”
The backcourt situation will be very competitive with four guards included in the class. Brown plans to use a motion offense that will need those skills and will blur the difference between the guard and forward designations.
“We want to be as interchangeable as we can be,” Brown said. “The skills of the guards will help us with that. You want your big players playing like small players and your small players playing like big players.”
Brown cannot work with the players during the summer. He sees that as both an advantage and a disadvantage.
“I am on go to get ready for the season, but in a way it might be good that they are able to come in here and get to know me,” Brown said. “It gives me a chance to make up for lost time in getting to know them.”
Takeya (T.T.) Flowers was named the 2012 Class A Miss Basketball. She was a finalist for the honor at the end of her junior season at Lake County High School.
Flowers, a 5-foot-6 guard, scored 2,087 points in her career, an average of 14.78 per game. She also grabbed 821 rebounds, 5.82 per game; 679 assists, 4.82 per game; and 416 steals, 2.95 per game.
She started 141 consecutive games over a four-year period. She was first-team All-State two years. She was also a two-time Region 7-A Most Valuable Player and a three-time District 14-A MVP.
Presley Stastny, a 5-9 guard, is a three-time All-State performer from Celina High School in Celina, Texas. She also was a four-time All-Region and All-District selection.
As a senior she scored 404 points, 10.6 per game. She hit 36 percent from the field, 28 percent from 3-point range and she connected on 72 percent of her free throws.
Helena Pouengue, 5-7, is a point guard from Lilburn, Ga. Playing for Parkview High School she was honored with a Naismith Award Flourish Scholarship from the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
Pouengue lettered four seasons and served as captain her senior year. She also was a member of the Gwinnett County Senior All-Star team.
Alex Banks, 5-11, is a forward from Hendersonville, Tenn., where she was a two-sport star in both basketball and softball at Beech High School. Her father, Alan, was an All-American performer in the 1980s for then Lipscomb basketball coach Don Meyer.
Banks scored more than 1,000 points in her high school career.
She also holds the state record for wins in a season as a softball pitcher with 46 this past season.
Mallory Charpentier, 5-6, is a guard from Nashville’s Christ Presbyterian Academy. She set a state tournament record this past season with 14 assists in a quarterfinal win over Memphis Manassas.
Forward Ashley Southern, a 6-2 forward from Tuscumbia, Ala., played her freshman season at Chattanooga. She played in 21 games, averaging 9.0 minutes, 1.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
At Deshler High School she was a three-time All-Stater and was a McDonald’s All-American nominee as a senior. She finished her high school career with 2,267 points, 18.3 per game; and 1,434 rebounds, 11.6 per game.
Southern will be red-shirted this season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.