By RENALDO DORSETT
HER junior career has come to a close, now high-scoring wing Shanea Armbrister will turn her sights towards making her mark in the the upper echelons of college basketball.
Armbrister and her Darton State Lady Cavaliers saw their season come to an end when they lost to South Georgia Tech in the NJCAA Region 17 Tournament championship, 82-66, despite Armbrister finishing with the game’s best 31 points.
She averaged 26.9 points per game for the season, shooting 59 per cent from the field and 87 per cent from the free throw line. She also averaged 7.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.
The Cavs finished the season at 28-5, 16-2 in conference play.
Armbrister’s next step on her basketball journey will be with the University of Georgia Bulldogs after she signed a letter of intent to join the programme next fall.
Some of her season highlights included a season high 40 points and 11 rebounds in a 93-45 win over Alabama Southern Community College. She shot 17-24 from the field including 6-9 from three-point range.
It was her second double double of the season following a 32-point, 13-rebound performance in a 107-69 win over Denmark Technical College.
Darton head coach Lea Henry reflected on Armbrister’s career at the school. “We are excited for her and we do appreciate all she has done here at Darton. She is a very special player. As a coach you don’t get a chance very often to coach a player like Shanea,” she said.
“As good a player as she is she is a better person. She was recruited by numerous schools all over the country and I think this is where her heart told her to go and she needed to go.”
Georgia head coach Andy Landers expressed what he thought Armbrister would bring to the programme in a statement on the school’s athletic website.
“Shanae can help us in a number of ways,” Landers said. “She gives us height, length and good basketball sense. She’s a terrific scorer and shooter with great range, but she can also finish at the rim. She can play multiple positions, either wing and has the advantage of two years of maturity and experience in a successful programme at Darton.”
In the offseason, Armbrister was a member of the Bahamas women’s senior national team which finished fifth at the Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships in the British Virgin Islands last July. She finished second on the team, averaging 15.8 points per game.