NASHVILLE – They say it takes a village to raise a child, but for the Lipscomb women’s basketball team it takes a campus to sign a recruit.
The Lady Bisons announced on Thursday the addition of Laure Assena to the 2016 late-period signing class.
“We are excited to complete our 2016-17 roster with Laure,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Greg Brown said. “She brings a skillset that allows her to play facing the basket or with her back to it, which complements our team very well. But most importantly, just like our returners and other signees, she brings a personality and mindset that understands Lipscomb.”
Assena, a 6-0 forward, captained Arizona Western College while averaging 10.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. She was named to the All-ACCAC Second team and the Region I First Team. Assena, who was born in Yaounde, Cameroon, was invited to the U-20 Cameroonian national team camp as a 17-year-old.
“I believe that her maturity and international experience will be an asset to the team,” Brown said.
Brown highlighted the efforts of the entire campus in the recruitment process of Assena and the rest of this year’s signing class as well.
“The recruiting process this season was a great example of Lipscomb’s culture,” Brown said. “What our recruits talked about most this year were the people. Our people on campus are our greatest assets."
Without the combined efforts from assistant coaches Courtney Locke, Natalie Jarrett, and Clay Crothers, this year's signing class would not have come to fruition.
“Our assistants worked very hard identifying student-athletes that not only fit the Lipscomb culture, but would continue to drive our culture," Brown said. "They then took the next step of taking the time to develop relationships with each recruit. As a head coach, I'm very appreciative for all the time and effort they invested in growing the relationships with each signee.”
The coaching staff were not the only people stepping up to help. Brown and his staff found help from people all over campus.
“As we know, the relationships with the staff are only part of the picture,” Brown said. “From the admissions office that evaluates transcripts to professors taking the time to meet with recruits, our academic support staff meeting and talking about our program, and others coaches talking to each recruit and welcoming them and sharing what Lipscomb is about.”
Replacing 2015’s seniors will be tough for the Lady Bisons, but Brown feels that the team and Lipscomb as a whole have put in the work to make the 2016-17 roster even better.
“It has been fun to watch the 2016-17 team come together.”