The Louisiana women’s basketball program and first-year coach Garry Brodhead recently added another in-state signee in Bogalusa High School senior Gabby Alexander.
Alexander, a 5-foot-11 guard/forward, signed a binding national letter of intent with the Ragin’ Cajuns last Friday. BallNPrepGirls.com rates Alexander, who played AAU ball for the Louisiana Lady Heat, as the state’s No. 5 senior prospect.
“I know she liked coach Brodhead, (assistant) coach Sallie (Guillory) and the coaching staff because they recruited her real hard,” Louisiana Lady Heat coach Kenneth Lee Jr. said. “She really enjoyed her visit and liked the atmosphere they’ve created there.”
Alexander averaged 20 points, nine assists, nine rebounds and four steals per game last season while playing point guard at Bogalusa and made the All-Washington Parish first team and All-District 8-3A first team. She also earned a spot on the All-District 9-3A first team as a sophomore.
“She does a lot of everything,” Bogalusa coach Adrian Frazier said. “She can dribble, pass, shoot and defend. She’s so athletic she can touch the rim and can dribble really well, has great court vision and is very athletic for her height.”
Lee said Alexander didn’t have any scholarship offers until after playing with the Louisiana Lady Heat in Atlanta over the summer. Three schools offered after her performance in Atlanta.
“Her potential is through the roof,” Lee said. “She’s a 5-10 guard who can grab the rim and dunk a tennis ball. She’s so raw, but her athletic ability is unbelievable. Once she gets a consistent jumper she’s going to be really tough to guard. She just has to keep working hard.”
Central Florida, Louisiana Tech, Texas State, College of Charleston, Troy, South Alabama, Central Arkansas, Southeastern Louisiana, Nicholls State, Southern, Grambling, Furman and Alcorn State also recruited Alexander, who is close to attaining a qualifying test score. She visited the Cajuns and Nicholls State before deciding to spend her college career in Lafayette.
“Their coaches liked that she was as tall as she was and could handle the ball like she did,” Frazier said of the Cajuns. “They were excited and thought she would be a good addition to what they’re trying to build over there.”
Including Alexander, the Cajuns now have five 2013 signees with the NCAA’s early signing period ending Wednesday. Alexander joins guard Jaylyn Gordon (West St. John High/Edgard, La.), guard/forward Jodi Quinn (St. Thomas More/Lafayette, La.), guard/forward Melody Williams (THESA/Fort Worth, Texas) and forward Jeremica Edwards (Warren Easton High/New Orleans) in this year’s signing class.
BallNPrepGirls.com rates Gordon (No. 3), Alexander (No. 5), Edwards (No. 8) and Quinn (No. 10) among the state’s top 10 recruits.
Alexander is one of six college-bound recruits who played last summer for the Louisiana Lady Heat, a program that’s produced 20 signees in the past three years.
Frazier, who also coaches football at Bogalusa, added that Alexander has yet to reach her potential on the court.
“I’m a football guy who coaches girls basketball, so basketball is just not my background,” Frazier said. “I think she will continue to improve with better coaching. They (the Cajuns) are getting a really good player.”
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Louisiana women’s basketball 2013 signees
G Jaylyn Gordon (West St. John High/Edgard, La.)
G/F Jodi Quinn (STM/Lafayette, La.)
G/F Melody Williams (THESA/Fort Worth, Texas)
F Jeremica Edwards (Warren Easton High/New Orleans)
G/F Gabby Alexander (Bogalusa High/Bogalusa, La.)