FORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida Gulf Coast University Head Women’s Basketball Coach Karl Smesko has announced the signings of a pair of student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. Lerrin Cook and Nicoya Jackson will join the Eagle program for the 2010-11 season.
Cook and Jackson join Amber Rechis, Katlyn Payne, Jordan LaDuke, and Nancy Aguilar as newcomers to the Eagle program for the 2010-11 campaign.
Cook, a 5-10 guard from Kearny, Ariz., comes to FGCU after starring at Yavapai College, which is the same junior college that produced former Eagles and current assistant coaches Kate Schrader and Chelsea Dermyer. Cook was named WBCA (Women’s Basketball Coaches Association) State Farm Coaches’ Honorable Mention All-American in addition to picking up NJCAA Region I Division I First Team honors last season. The guard led the Lady Riders in scoring at 15.4 points per game and three-point percentage (.357).
“Lerrin is a good all-around player,” said Smesko. “She can shoot, handle the ball, and she gives good effort on the defensive end.”
Jackson, a native of Houston, Texas, will join the Eagles after playing two years at Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas. Last season, Jackson, a 5-6 guard, averaged 20.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.5 assists as a sophomore at SWCC. Jackson also shot 50-percent from the field and 43.5-percent from long range.
“Nicoya can play either guard spot,” said Smesko. “She is an explosive scorer who can hit the three or break defenders down off the dribble.”