Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan women's basketball coach Sue Guevara has announced the signing of four players who will join her program for the 2018-19 season.
Three of the signees stand 6-foot or better, and all possess good athleticism and can get up and down the floor, Guevara said.
"We're long, we're lanky, we've got 3-point shooters, we've got attackers and we've got a nice big inside," she said.
Two of the players, Anika Weekes and Samantha Robinson, hail from Ontario, while Jahari Smith comes from Illinois and Emari Bell is from Florida.
Smith, Guevara said, compares favorably to former Chippewa Jewell Cotton, a senior during the 2016-17 season who played a key role as the Chippewas won their first regular-season Mid-American Conference championship since 1985.
"She's a leaper, she gets to the basket and plays really hard," Guevara said of Smith. "She can get up and rebound and she can take it the length of the floor."
Robinson, Guevara said, is very quick for her size, is a capable 3-point shooter, and can "mix it up inside and outside."
Bell, likewise, brings "really good size and she can move," Guevara said. "She has a really big upside to her."
Weeks is a 5-foot-10 guard who is "smooth, very smooth," Guevara said. "She's a very good defender with long arms, a really pretty jumpshot and she can also shoot the three."
Jahari Smith center 6-foot Romeoville, Ill./Bolingbrook HS
Two-year letterwinner, two-time team most valuable player and two-time team captain ... reached 1,000 career points during junior year ... averaged 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals during 2016-17 season, when she made 63 percent of her field goal attempts ... named to All-Southwest Suburban-Blue Team in 2017 ... earned as spot on the Joliet, Ill. Herald-News All-Area Team.
Emari Bell forward/center 6-3 Altamonte Springs, Fla./Jones HS
Three-year letterwinner at Edgewood High School ... transferred to Jones High School before senior season ... led Edgewood to Class 7A state semifinals, in which she scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds ... led Edgewood to three consecutive district championships ... part of the back-to-back regional championship teams in 2016 and '17 ... averaged 10.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game during her junior year ... earned All-Metro Conference honors and honorable all-area in 2017 ... served as team captain during her junior season ... played for the Orlando Yellow Jackets/Florida Lightning.
Samantha Robinson forward 6-1 Bradford, Ontario/Bradford HS
Played club basketball for A-Game and for Scarborough Blues ... led Bradford junior team to Georgian Bay Secondary School Association AAA championship in 2014.
Anika Weekes guard 5-10 Toronto, Ontario/ St. Joseph's College School
Three-year letterwinner ... three-time team captain ... averaged 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists per game in 2016-17 ... scored 34 points in 2016 Hooptown GTA Junior Game ... recorded 28 points in 2017 Hooptown GTA Senior Game ... inducted into Hooptown GTA 25 Points Club in 2016 ... participated in the 2017 Junior Women's Elite Provincial League (JUEL) Championships ... was named to JUEL All-Star Team in 2017 ... played for A-Game Basketball Association and Scarborough Blues Basketball ... also played for Team Ontario in 2012 and 2014.