UNCP Inks Two To Recruiting Class
PEMBROKE - Head UNC Pembroke women's basketball
coach John Haskins has announced the signing of Yasmine Butler and
Chandrica Fuller to National Letters of intent to continue their
athletic and academic careers with the Lady Braves.
Butler, a Sanford native, is a member of the Southern Lee High Cavaliers for coach Shane Compton. She garnered an academic award, most valuable player and all-conference accolade her senior year as well as being a four-year letterman in basketball. She helped her team become conference champions, win the conference tournament and advance to the third round of the playoffs.
In her junior campaign, she played for Donna Taylor and averaged 14.5 points, 2.9 steals and 2.4 assist per game as well as shooting 37 percent from behind the arc. She notched the academic award, most valuable player, the outstanding player award named to the all-conference team. Butler played for coach Abdul Ghaffar with the Angel Elite and placed second in the national tournament for AAU competition.
The daughter of Cecilia Pearson has two older brothers and one younger sister. Yasmine currently holds a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and her cousin Akeem Richmond plays basketball at East Carolina.
Haskins stated, "Yasmine is a very good guard who can handle the ball, penetrate, distribute and knock down the open shot. She has excellent leadership skills and we expect her to be an outstanding player in our program."
Fuller, a Durham native, is a full-time student at the City of Medicine Academy in Durham, but is a member of Southern Durham Spartans under coach Kendrick Hall and a three-year letterman in basketball. During her senior campaign she helped her team to a 22-5 overall record with an average 11.5 points, 4.0 assists, 3.4 steals and 2.7 rebounds per game. She was named Pac 6 all-conference and to the Holiday Invitational All-Tournament Team, and played a major role in helping the team to the third round in the state playoffs after clinching the Pac 6 conference championship and the Holiday Invitational Tournament championship.
As a junior, she played under coach Lynikka Bynum and combined for an average 7.0 points, 2.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.5 rebounds. Fuller played for coach Rik Seymour with the Hoops City Team Carolina in AAU competition.
The daughter of Cynthia and Bobby Fuller has two brothers, one older and one younger. Chandrica currently ranks fifth in her 58-member class with a 4.3 grade point average. She is in the top-10 percent of her class and is a member of HOSA and the National Junior Honor Society.
"Chandrica is a strong, penetrating guard who pushes the ball in transition and can attack the rim or distribute to open teammates. We feel like Chandrica is an excellent addition to our program both as a player and a person," said Haskins.
"We are very excited that Yasmine and Chandrica have decided to join our program. Both of these players are great young people who excel in the classroom and on the basketball floor."