Lubbock Christian University women's basketball head coach Steve Gomez has announced his incoming class of recruits for the upcoming 2008/2009 school term, and they include transfers Brittany Blackmon from South Plains College and incoming freshmen Brittani Blau from Follett, Lubbock Cooper's April Ehlers, Brittany Hampton out of Canyon, Courtney Layton from Seminole and Hemphill's Shamika Singleton.
Blackmon was selected to the 2008 Junior College / Community College (JC/CC) State Farm Coaches' All-American Team by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and was also named as a JUCO All-American. The Clovis, New Mexico native started in all 30 games last season for the Lady Texans and averaged a team-high 16.7 points per game with a 61.2% field goal percentage (211/345). She also averaged 6.4 rebounds per game with 192 total rebounds on the season (78 offensive). Blackmon was second on the squad in assists (71) and led the team in blocked shots (27) and steals (68) on her way to claiming Western Junior College Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player honors and NJCAA All-Region V team accolades. The 5'10" inside player averaged 11.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game as a freshman in 06/07 with the Lady Texans and was an Honorable Mention All-Conference member. A product of Clovis High School, Blackmon played under former LCU coach Miles Watters. She led Clovis to a 2005 New Mexico State Championship and averaged 19.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a senior. Blackmon holds the Clovis school record in scoring and field goals, and she received many honors at Clovis, including the 4-5A Player of the Year honor in 2005 and a Gatorade Player of the Week award.
Blau comes to LCU after leading Follett to a Class A State Championship this past season. She was the State Tournament's Most Valuable Player after scoring 27 points in the title clinching victory over Kennard. The 5'7" point guard averaged 18 points and four rebounds per game last season for the 31-2 Panthers. She also provided 111 steals on her way to claiming her second Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) All-State and first Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) All-State awards. Blau was a three-time district most valuable player recipient, and also earned honors as a four-time all-district and three-time First Team All-Region member. The Amarillo Globe News named Blau the 1A Player of the Year this past season. Blau also excelled in other sports at Follett. She was a four-year letterwinner in cross country and a three-year letterwinner in softball and track & field. She was selected as a First Team All-District member in softball this past season as a shortstop, and she was a four-year Regional Qualifier in cross country and qualified her senior year in track & field. In the classroom, Blau was a member of the National Honor Society and finished third in her graduating class.
Ehlers is a 5'9" product out of Lubbock Cooper who was part of a 24-4 team that advanced all the way to the Regional Finals. The four-year letterwinner was named to the TGCA and TABC All-State teams and was honored as an All-Star by both organizations. She was selected as the 4-3A District Co-MVP, and also received All-Tournament last season in the Caprock Tournament and Regional Tournament. This past season, Ehlers averaged 15.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.4 steals per game. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal selected her as the girls All-City Player of the Year. Along with basketball, Ehlers has lettered three seasons in volleyball and four in softball. The Lubbock AJ also named her to the 2008 All-City Second Team as a shortstop in softball. She also excelled in the classroom. Ehlers was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, and served as a Class Officer over the last four years. She is a two-time "Class Favorite" selection and was in the top ten percentile academically at Cooper.
Hampton comes to the Lady Chaps after winning a Class 3A State Championship with the 32-3 Canyon High School Lady Eagles under Joe Lombard. The District 5-3A Most Valuable Player and State Tournament All-Tourney Team member averaged 12.8 points per game and posted a 47.8% field goal percentage, a 42.5% three-point shooting percentage and an 87.8% free throw percentage as a senior. The Amarillo Globe News selected the 5'7" guard as their Super Team Girls Player of the Year. The Globe News also selected her as their Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore in 2005/2006. Hampton went on to earn three consecutive All-District honors and claim All-Region honors as a junior and senior. The TABC and TGCA named Hampton to their All-State squads her senior season. Hampton served on several leadership programs in high school and was also a member of the National Honor Society.
Layton is an incoming freshman from Seminole High School, where she played under Dickie Faught. With the Maidens, the district 4-3A Defensive Player of the Year averaged 14.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. The 6'2" inside player shot 51.6 percent from the field and was an All-South Plains Basketball Class 3A First Team selection by the Lubbock AJ. She was also named All-Region by the TABC and All-State by the TGCA this past season. Off the hardwood, Layton not only lettered three seasons in golf and a year in track & field and volleyball, but also served as a student council officer and was a National Honor Society member.
Completing the list of incoming freshman is Singleton, who is a product of Hemphill High School in East Texas. The TABC named the 6'0" inside player the Class 2A Player of the Year. She averaged 23 points per game for the regional quarterfinalists under coach Rosie Miller-Mays. Singleton was also a three-time First Team All-District selection and was a two-time All-District Most Valuable Player honoree. The TGCA named her to the 07/08 Basketball Academic All-State Team in Class 2A. She also served on the Lady Hornets cross country, track & field and volleyball teams. Singleton had originally committed to Angelina College (Lufkin) before having a change of heart.
The new additions will join an existing team comprised of seniors Jordan Hampton, Sierra Wilcox-Lovorn and Dina Shinault, juniors Ashley Coggins and Brandi Raindl and sophomores Severyn Smith, Bailey St. Clair and Renee Wilson. The Lady Chaps, who finished among the Elite Eight last season at the NAIA National Tournament, will report for their first day of organized practices on September 8th. They open the season November 4th hosting Dallas Christian. The full schedule will be announced at a later time.