NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team and head coach Greg Brown have announced the 2018 signing class. Six future Lady Bisons have signed on to play in the Purple and Gold.
Taylor Hammack – 6’0” – Batesville, Arkansas – Batesville High School – Guard/Forward
Hammack is an All-Conference performer for basketball and a three-time All-State athlete for soccer. On the court, she fills up the stat sheet with averages of 9.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 2.1 blocks per game.
Why Hammack chose Lipscomb:
“I chose Lipscomb University because of the great environment, and Godly-centered program.”
Jane Deason – 5’9” – Hendersonville, Tennessee – Station Camp – Guard
Over the past two seasons, Deason has garnered All-County, All-District, and All-Region honors. During her junior season, she set the school single-game three-point record by going 9-10 from behind the line and averaged 15 points per game. She sits at 973 career points heading into her senior season.
Why Deason chose Lipscomb:
“I chose Lipscomb because I would love it even if there were no basketball. I wanted a school with a Christian background that was also close to my home. I knew when I first visited the campus that Lipscomb was where I was supposed to be. After that, nowhere else felt right. It just felt like home. I love the girls and the coaches. I can't wait to be part of Lipscomb's program.”
Gabi Grillon – 6’3” – Orlando, Florida – East River High School – Forward
Grillon averaged nearly a double-double at East River, posting 10.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. She is also active on the defensive end, where she notched 2.1 blocks per contest.
Why Gabi chose Lipscomb:
“I felt like it was the place I needed to be, plus the coaching staff was amazing. I felt like I was going to a place that was family-oriented and where my education was going to be valued, not just athletic ability, which was extremely important to me when choosing a school.”
Lia Roberson – 5’10” – Birmingham, Alabama – Homewood High School - Guard
During her three seasons at Homewood, Roberson has helped lead the Patriots to two state championships, three state championship game appearances, and a 91-12 record. She averages 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists.
Kailey Rosenbaum – 6’1” – Dickson, Tennessee – Dickson County High School – Forward
Rosenbaum has filled up her trophy case over three seasons at Dickson County, earning two All-District, two All-Region, one All-Mid-State, and one TSSSA All-State Tournament team honors. She has posted averages of 13.6 points and 7.1 rebounds so far in her career.
Why Kailey chose Lipscomb:
“When I went to my first visit at Lipscomb and sat and talked with Coach Brown and toured the campus, I just loved it and as corny as it sounds it really felt like home. Every time I go back and visit and meet different people it has just been an amazing experience, and I am looking forward to becoming part of the Lipscomb family.”
Keely Morrow – 5’10” – Bowling Green, Kentucky – Bowling Green HS – Forward
Morrow is a four-time All-District and All-Region honoree in basketball, as well as a track athlete and a three-time reserve world champion at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. On the court, she averages 21.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks.
Why Keely chose Lipscomb:
“The campus is beautiful, and I love the coaching staff and team environment. It is close to home, and I feel like I can come in as a freshman and make an impact.”
Head Coach Greg Brown’s thoughts:
“We’re very excited about the class as a whole, and not just what they bring on the floor, but that they each bring all the things that we look for the recruits and in a student in general at Lipscomb. They will compete in the classroom, they want to compete at the highest level on the floor, and they are excited about taking the next step in their Christian walk.
“Kailey Rosenbaum and Gabi Grillon both will bring it as an inside presence and inside skill set that we knew we needed for this class. They will fit in very well and complement what we're trying to do offensively and most importantly defensively.
“Jane Deason, Lia Roberson, Keely Morrow, and Taylor Hammack will provide us with a great skill set on the perimeter. You have to be able to score the ball and have a sense of defensive presence on the perimeter, and they will give us that. They all have great energy and a lot of personality. I think our fans will really enjoy getting to meet them and see them play.”