JACKSON, Miss. – Jackson State University head women’s basketball coach Surina Dixon announced the addition of six new Lady Tigers for the 2017-2018 season.
The Lady Tigers have received National Letters of Intent from Twila Hill (Brandon, MS/Hinds Community College), D’Ashia Mitchell (Ferriday, LA, Trinity Episcopal School), J’Nyia Tallie (Ashland, MS/Ashland High School), Jasmine Redmon (Sacramento, CA/Blinn College), Bianca King (Los Angeles, LA Trade Community College), and Christina Ellis (San Diego, CA/Palomar College).
Twila Hill 6-3 Forward/Center | Brandon, MS | Hinds Community College
Twila Hill, the 6’3” Callaway High School star and Mississippi stand-out will be joining the Lady Tigers in the 2017-18 season. Hill graduated from Callaway High School in 2016 and completed one year at Hinds Community College.
At Callaway, Hill was a 2015-2016 Dandy Dozen, ranked No. 9 in the state of Mississippi, Max Preps Player of the Game 13 times, averaged a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds per game. She was also selected as a first team All-District team member and made the 2016 Mississippi/Alabama All Star Team.
At Hinds Community College, Hill was named to the MACJC All-State Second Team. She averaged 10.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots per game. She helped led the team to an overall 21-7 season and a 10-4 conference record.
Dixon on Twila Hill
“Twila brings an amazing presence in the paint. With her exceptional athleticism, Twila fits well into our up-tempo, fast-past offensive and defensive system. It is always great when local student-athletes recognize the special presence of JSU and its standard of excellence in the community and across the world and they decide to stay and offer the university their talents and abilities while gaining access to a great education. I’m looking forward to Twila having a great academic and athletic career at JSU.”
D’Ashia Mitchell 5-9 Guard | Ferriday, LA | Trinity Episcopal School
Jackson State adds private school stand-out D’Ashia Mitchell to the Lady Tiger roster.
As a senior D’Ashia averaged 25 points per game, as well as 10 rebounds and four steals. She was also a three-time team captain, District MVP and team MVP. She was the All-Metro Player of the Year, South State Champion, MAIS first team and South State first team.
D’Ashia finished her junior season with 19 points per game, 11 rebounds per game, and four steals per game. D’Ashia was named team captain, team MVP for best offense and defense, District MVP, South State first team, South State runner-up and All-Metro first team. During her high school career, she was known as the ‘Beast’.
In Mitchell’s sophomore year, as a guard at Trinity Episcopal Day School in Natchez, Mississippi, D’Ashia averaged 18 points per game, eight rebounds per game and four steals per game. In 2014, Mitchell received team captain honors, team Most Valuable Player (MVP) for best offense and defense, District MVP, All-Metro second team, and Mississippi Association Independent School (MAIS) first team.
Dixon on D’Ashia Mitchell
“D’Ashia’s exceptional scoring presence, averaging 25 points per game in high school, helps to add more fuel to our high-octane offensive system in transition and half-court play. Mitchell’s athletic size and physicality will aid her in defensive effort on the other side of the ball. I am truly looking forward to an amazing academic and athletic career for D’Ashia as a Lady Tiger.”
J’Nyia Tallie 5-4 Guard | Ashland, MS | Ashland High School
The Jackson State women’s basketball team gained the services of All-District first team member J’Niya Tallie. She will join the Lady Tigers for the 2017-18 season.
Tallie, a 5’4” Mississippi native, who attends Ashland High School, averaged 16 points and five assists per game. Tallie, led the Lady Devil’s with 29 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals in the Mississippi State 1A Tournament Quarterfinals. She also made the 2015-16 and the 2016-17 All District teams, and was a Max Preps Player of the Game 14 times. In the 2016-17 season, Tallie posted a career-high 34 points against Holly Springs High School.
The Ashland High stand out has stacked up numerous awards over her career receiving the Most Valuable Player Award, Most Points Award, Most Assists Award, Most Steals Award, Shooter Award, Point Guard Award and Most Improved.
Not only has Tallie reigned supreme on the court, she has a superior presence in the classroom as well. She was inducted into the Beta Club in 2014 and was on the Superintendent’s List from 2013-2017.
Dixon on J’Nyia Tallie
“J’Nyia brings an untouchable, “floor general” mind-set and fearless presence as a true point-guard to our Lady Tigers program. Garnering multiple accolades during her high school career, she is no stranger to an exceptional work ethic and a team first mentality. Her tremendous ability to penetrate the defense and see the court makes her a huge offensive threat to our opponents. Her knack for stealing the ball gives her a defensive presence second to none. She’s a small package with a big heart ready to make big things happen as a JSU Lady Tiger!”
Jasmine Redmon 5-9 Guard | Sacramento, CA | Blinn College
Jasmine Redmon is a former Division I transfer from University of Hawaii. Redmon comes to JSU from Blinn College where she helped her team reached the National Junior College Region XIV quarterfinals this year and closed the season with a 19-12 overall record and 12-8 in Region XIV conference play.
A 2014 graduate of Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove, California, Redmon earned four varsity letters in basketball and helped the Mustangs win two conference championships in 2012 and 2014 seasons. She was named the league’s Most Valuable Player as a senior in 2014. Redmon also earned all-league honors twice and was voted to the All-City first team. As a junior, she averaged 17.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, five assists, 5.3 steals and one blocked shot per game. In her senior season, she averaged 17.2 points, four rebounds, six assists and 4.3 steals.
Born on May 29, 1996, in Sacramento, California. Her parents are Jamika Stanfield and Sean Redmon, and her brother Jalen Warren. Jasmine would like to play professional basketball, start an AAU team, become a child psychologist and open foundations for rural areas.
Dixon on Jasmine Redmon
“Jasmine brings a wealth of experience and leadership as a Division I Transfer and Community College player with the ability to play all five positions on the court. Jasmine can score the ball consistently in the front court or back court with her versatility as a player. Her confidence, tenacity, fearless and relentless passion exudes all over the court during her play. Her great personality and leadership abilities will bode well for us as we forward to an amazing season.”
Bianca King 5-11 Forward | Los Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Trade Community College
California star Bianca King will be added to the Lady Tigers 2017-18 roster. The 6’0” post-player led the LA Trade Technical College team with 14 points and nine rebounds per game.
She has received All-Tournament Most Valuable Player and first team All-Conference honors at LA Trade Technical College.
King attended Pacific Palisades High School where she was a two-time city champion. She led her conference in rebounding and blocked shots while ranking second in scoring. She also received League Most Valuable Player, first team All-State and Open Division City Championship Most Valuable Player.
Dixon on Bianca King
“Bianca brings exceptional footwork and a quick scoring presence deep in the paint. She also has a true knack for rebounding the ball on offense and defense. Garnering top accolades from high school and community college shows her ability to lead her team and conquer challenges while staying focus on the goals of her team. King is going to make her presence known in our conference with her leadership and athleticism.”
Christina Ellis 5-7 Guard | San Diego, CA | Palomar College
The Lady Tigers add San Diego native Christina Ellis to the roster for the 2017-18 season. Ellis averaged nine points, five rebounds and three assists at Palomar College.
The 5’7” point guard received first team Honorable Mention and was selected for the All-Tournament team for the Coast Christmas Classic. Ellis had a career high and first quadruple double with 23 points, 10 assist, 11 rebounds and 11 steals. She also received PAC Athlete of the Week award.
Ellis attended Torrey Pines High School where she led her team to an undefeated conference record. She also led the conference in steals.
She received Thief-in-the-Night Steals Award, Defensive Player of the Year and was named the 2015 Most Valuable Player of the San Diego All Star Game.
Dixon on Christina Ellis
“Christina brings an up-tempo, high-octane passion and presence on offense with her exceptional ability in breaking down the defense to get to the basket. Her defensive effort doesn’t slack or fall short either, as she has captured several defensive awards throughout her career. Her stats and accolades are a direct caption of how Christina leads by example and knows what it takes to win. Earning her first quadruple double in her career clearly shows me that she has the heart of a champion. I believe her passion, performance, and work ethic will be a great asset for us this season.”