Bobcat Women’s Hoops Adds Seven for Upcoming Season

Head coach Maurice Smith
Head coach Maurice Smith

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College head women's basketball coach Maurice Smith has announced the addition of seven players to the roster for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

"We are really excited about this year's recruiting class," said Smith. "Assistant coach Jeremy Mayweather has worked really hard recruiting great student-athletes for our program that we both feel will be are great fits for our university. We believe that this is a special group that will do great things on and off the floor." 

Bobcat Basketball lost five seniors to graduation. The Bobcats fill out the roster with five true freshmen, one redshirt freshman transfer, and a junior transfer that all should compete for playing time right away.

Sadie Cleveland (Gainesville) comes from North Hall High School, where she played for Kristi House. Cleveland averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds per contest for the Trojans. She is a member of the 1,000-point club, and made appearances on both the All-County and All-Region teams. She joins her sister, rising junior Sydney Cleveland on the Bobcat roster. 

Coach Smith says: "Sadie is a long athletic guard who can shoot from the perimeter as well as off the dribble. She has the ability to be a terrific two-way player for us."

Christen Copeland (Gainesville) is a graduate of Lakeview Academy, where she played for long-time Bobcat Women's Basketball head coach John Carrick. Copeland was tabbed for the All-Region 8-A First Team after going for 15.0 points, 7.0 assists and 5.0 steals per contest. 

Coach Smith says: "Christen is a strong athletic guard who will give us depth at the point guard position. She brings defensive intensity and toughness. She does a tremendous job pressuring the ball and forcing turnovers. Offensively she is very good in the open court."

Erin Drynan (Chicago, Illinois) comes to Milledgeville from Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois, playing under coach Delwyn Jones. An NJCAA All-America Third Team selection, Drynan was ranked first in blocks (169), second in rebounds per game (15.5) and second in total rebounds (496) in NJCAA Division II. She recorded 27 rebounds in one game for a career and school record and also pulled in Region Tournament MVP honors. Drynan had six triple-doubles and 23 double-doubles.

Coach Smith says: "Erin will give us much-needed presence inside. She is an outstanding rebounder and rim protector.  She is a great athlete who runs the floor well and is explosive off the floor. She has great touch around the basket and has the ability to shoot it from the perimeter." 

Margaret Metz (Cumming) is a graduate of Pinecrest Academy, where she played for Ken Lacy. An All-State Second Team pick, she joined the 2,000-point club for the Paladins. The Forsyth County Player of the Year, Metz averaged 24.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 7.0 assists per contest as a senior, earning All-County and All-Region accolades as well.

Coach Smith says: "Margaret is a tough competitor who competes every possession on the floor. She was an excellent scorer in high school. She also an excellent shooter with a quick release. She will be able to stretch the floor with the great range she has."

Delayne Rotolo (Peachtree City) is out of McIntosh High School, under the instruction of coach David Dowse. An All-State First Team selection for the Chiefs, Rotolo averaged 15.0 points, 3.3 assists and 7.2 rebounds per contest. She was first team All-County and All-Region as well.

Coach Smith says: "Delayne brings versatility at the guard and wing positions. She is an outstanding perimeter shooter who has the ability to post up. She has a very high basketball IQ and is a true student of the game."

Keyonna Wesley (Pearson) joins Bobcat Nation with freshman status after one redshirt season at Peach Belt Conference (PBC) foe Armstrong State University. She played for Atkinson County High, where she was a two-time first-team All-Region honoree. A complete student-athlete, she also earned All-Region Academic honors. She scored 1,563 points in her high school career and helped Atkinson County to two state tournament appearances. 

Coach Smith says: "Keyonna is a strong, athletic wing who will be able to guard multiple positions. She has a tremendous mid-range game and has the ability to post up. She took full advantage of her redshirt year at Armstrong State and developed into a more complete player." 

Dakota Williamson (Johns Creek) comes from Mt. Pisgah Christian School, where she played for Regina Tate-Leslie. A force on the glass, she pulled down her 1,000th career rebound in her senior season, part of the reason she was chosen to the North Georgia Tip-Off Club Senior All-Star Classic. An All-Region Honorable Mention, she averaged 6.4 points, 13.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. 

Coach Smith says: "Dakota will give us added size inside. She has the potential to be a great rebounder for us. She is very skilled for her size and does a great job at using her body. It's going to be fun watching her develop over the next four years."

In 2016-17 the Bobcats went 15-12, qualifying for the PBC Tournament for the fourth-straight season. GC Women's Hoops was led by rising senior Alyah McGriff (Suwanee) who earned her first career All-PBC nod. Bobcat Athletics will release the upcoming schedule soon, stay tuned to GCBobcats.com.

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