UNCW Press Release
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Jenny DeGraaf of Penn State and Janea Williams of North Florida have transferred to UNCW and will join the Seahawk women's basketball team, it has been announced by Coach Adell Harris.
Both players will sit out the 2015-16 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.
"I am extremely excited to have these two players joining our team," Coach Harris said. "They believe in our 'Championship Vision' and will work hard to help us reach our championship goals. Both of them are high-level basketball players with high-level character."
"From a recruiting standpoint, this has been the biggest spring for our program since I have been the head coach," Coach Harris added. "With Jenny and Janea, we have improved our roster on a lot of different levels."
A two-year letter winner for the Lions, DeGraaf appeared in 46 games during her time at Penn State, including 29 contests last year. The Springboro, Ohio native averaged 3.9 points per game as a sophomore and tallied three double-digit scoring efforts, including a pair of 12-point outings against Albany and Wagner.
During her scholastic career at Springboro High School, DeGraaf finished as the eighth-leading scorer in school history with 1,070 points while adding 591 rebounds and 115 blocked shots.
"Jenny gives us an outstanding perimeter shooter with great size," Coach Harris said. "Her experiences at Penn State will help her impact our locker room immediately."
Williams played two seasons at North Florida and appeared in 56 games, including all 30 contests as a sophomore with 10 starts. The Ospreys' fifth-leading scorer with a 4.3 point per game average, Williams also contributed 4.9 rebounds per game. In addition, she tallied 38 blocked shots, which ranks fourth on North Florida's single-season list.
A native of Pinehurst, North Carolina, Williams averaged 8.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game during her freshman year. She tallied a career-high 10 points against Jacksonville by making five of six field goal attempts.
An honor student during her scholastic career at Pinecrest High School, Williams was a two-time first team all-district selection and helped the Patriots reach the state tournament.
"Janea gives us an athletic post player who can defend and rebound with anyone in our league," Coach Harris said. "Her ability to block and alter shots is something we desperately need."