CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern and Women's Basketball Head Coach Fred Applin announced the addition of combo guard Njeri Nelms to the Bucs' 2017 recruiting class on Wednesday afternoon.
Nelms will enroll at CSU as a junior following an impressive two-year career at Daytona State College, where she helped the Falcons earn a top ten national ranking and the program's first bid to the NJCAA Nationals her freshman year.
"Njeri Nelms adds to our roster an extremely versatile and skilled guard," said Applin. "She is a great scorer, perimeter shooter and passer. She has a very good feel for the game and will make an offensive impact for us."
Last season, Nelms averaged 14.5 points per game and shot an impressive 77.5 percent from the free throw line on the way to becoming a First Team All-Mid Florida Conference selection.
The 5-6 guard helped the Falcons to a undefeated conference record and a Mid-Florida Conference Championship her freshman year, where she earned five starts and averaged just under six points per game.
Nelms catapulted to one of the Falcons' leading scorers during her sophomore year. She was second on the team in scoring (14.5 ppg) and started all 27 games, recording double figures 23 times. She also led the team in steals (50), three-point field goals made (57), three-point field goal percentage (33.9) and was second in assists and assists per game (68/2.9). The Pensacola-native was the 7th leading scorer in the Mid-Florida Conference and saw her overall increase to 15.1 points per game during conference play.
During her time at Daytona State, Nelms was also recognized for her outstanding performance in the classroom. The Honors Society Nominee made the Dean's List all four semesters on her way to earning the Student-Athlete of the Year Award as a sophomore.
Nelms joins a recruiting class with guards Kailya Jackson, Skyler Hatfield and Kelsie Ruff-Mills. Power forwards Shelby Wilbanks, Weknyne Dumorne and Cailah Hicklin round out CSU's seven 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.