CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern and Women's Basketball Head Coach Fred Applin announced the addition of forwards Shelby Wilbanks and Weknyne Dumorne to the Bucs' 2017 recruiting class on Monday afternoon.
Wilbanks and Dumorne will enroll at CSU as juniors following impressive two-year careers at Northeast Mississippi Community College (Wilbanks) and Broward Community College (Dumorne).
Wilbanks averaged 16 points and eight rebounds last season at Northeast Mississippi Community College along with 17 points and nine rebounds her freshman year in route to become a two-time Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State selection. She was a four-time Player of the Week pick at NMCC.
The 5-11 forward averaged 34.5 minutes per game and garnered NJCAA Region 23 All-Region honors after starring in two of NEMCC's most successful seasons in the program's last 10 years. Last season she helped the Tigers to a 10-2 conference record.
Dumorne lined up for Broward Community College where she averaged 13 points, nine rebounds and three blocks per game last season. The 6-0 Miami-native shot 53 percent from the floor and 70 percent from the stripe on her way to FCSAA First-Team All-Conference honors.
Dumorne also shined in the classroom, earning a spot on the 2016-17 FCSAA All-Academic Team. She finished her sophomore season ranked in the top-10 of eight FCSAA conference categories including blocks (63, 2nd), defensive rebounds (95, 4th), rebounds per game (11.4, 6th) and steals (35, 7th). Dumorne was also a Second Team All-Conference selection in her rookie season, where she shot 58 percent from the floor and 67 percent from the free throw line.
"Each player brings a great deal of talent and experience to our team," Applin added. "They both come from winning programs and possess a number of positive intangibles."
Wilbanks and Dumorne join a recruiting class with power forward Cailah Hicklin. Kailya Jackson, Skyler Hatfield and Kelsie Ruff-Mills round out CSU's six commits for the class of 2017-18.
The Buccaneers are coming off of one of the best seasons in program history this past year with CSU setting several school records including wins (18) and conference wins (12).
The program's success included an appearance in the 2017 Big South Conference Championships semifinal round, as well as the program's third berth in the Women's Basketball Invitational postseason tournament.