Jan. 15, 2013
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QUEENS, N.Y. - Head women's basketball coach Joe Tartamella announced that two ACC-transfers and former top 100 recruits, Danaejah Grant and Selina Archer have chosen to continue their playing careers with the Red Storm.
“We are excited to add both Danaejah and Selina to the St. John's family,” remarked Tartamella. “They will bring depth and experience to our 2013-14 roster in both the guard and forward positions. Danaejah and Selina along with Aaliyah Lewis and Jade Walker make up a well-rounded class of recruits for next season that we really feel strongly about.”
Grant and Archer will attend St. John’s this spring for classes, but will not be eligible to play until the Spring 2014 semester.
Danaejah Grant • 5-9 • G • Clemson • Piscataway, N.J.
Grant started seven games as a freshman guard at Clemson and averaged 13.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game as the Tigers’ leading scorer before choosing to transfer following the fall semester. She had a season-high of 21 points and nine rebounds in the Tigers game against Montana State on Nov. 23. Grant shot 7-for-12 from the floor, 6-for-10 from the free throw line. She also had a season-best nine rebounds against Indiana (Nov. 28).
“Danaejah has proven herself at the collegiate level to be a prolific scorer and made instant contributions at Clemson, and we anticipate the same here.”
Coming out of high school, Grant was ranked the No. 25 guard by ESPN Hoopgurlz and 65th overall in the class of 2012 and was a four-star recruit.
The Piscataway, N.J., native was a McDonald’s All-America Team Nominee and New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year Finalist, averaged 24.4 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.2 steals, 3.1 assists and 2.0 blocks per game with 15 double-doubles for Piscataway High School as a senior. She was named the Courier News and Home News Tribune 2012 Player of the Year as well as a first-team MSG Varsity Tri-State team member. As a junior, she was first-team all-state selection as she averaged 27.7 points, 13.0 rebounds and 3.6 steals.
Mark Lewis of ESPN Hoop Gurlz noted Grant as a versatile, athletic and strong combo guar with strong ball-handling skills and an attacking mentality that makes her a constant threat. Lewis described her as “smooth and fluid with the ball in her hands and creates both scoring opportunities as well as looks for her teammates.” He has also described her game as one that has “eye-catching maturity.”
Grant finished her high school career as Piscataway’s all-time leader in points (2,565) and steals (411) and also added 1,389 rebounds. She scored 41 points with 14 rebounds in Piscataway’s 67-53 victory over 15th-seeded Monroe in the first round of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament in mid-February 2012. She also scored 35 points with 16 rebounds in the North Jersey Sectional Semifinal. As a NJSAC All-Star, she scored 10 points to help the North team win, 110-105. Grant also played club ball for the New York City Guachos.
Selina Archer • 6-4 • F • Miami • Clermont, Fla.
Coming out of high school at East Ridge in Clermont, Fla., Archer was ranked as high as No. 49 overall according to AllStarGirlsReport.com. On ESPN HoopGurlz Top 100, she was ranked 39th as a center and 86th overall for the class of 2010.
“Selina contributed valuable minutes on an NCAA Tournament team in Miami. She provided them depth in the post, and we hope with her experience she can do the same here.”
Archer, played the 2010-11 season as a freshman for the Miami Hurricanes. She played in 26 games and scored a career-high eight points against Georgia Tech (Feb. 27), Southern (Nov. 29) and Alcorn State (Dec. 11). Archer also made a career-best four field goals against Alcorn State and Georgia Tech. She had five rebounds against FAU (Nov. 26), Alcorn State (Dec. 11), then-No. 13/10 North Carolina (Feb. 13) and Wake Forest (Feb. 21) and have a three steals against Clemson (Jan. 14). Archer, who led Miami in blocks in five games, had a season-high two blocks against Wake Forest. She averaged 3.0 points per game and 2.1 rebounds per game as a rookie at Miami.
Archer went to East Ridge High School where she averaged 18.7 points per game her junior season, while shooting 60 percent from the field. She was also named to the 2010 Orlando Sentinel All Florida Prospects team.
During the early signing period in November, Tartamella signed two top 100 recruits for fall 2013: standout point guard Aaliyah Lewis from Bishop Ford High School (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and the No. 11 combo guard in the country, Jade Walker from DePaul Catholic High School (Wayne, N.J.).