CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern looks for improvement this season in the post positions with several new faces in new places. A young roster with only two returning forwards and a returning center should provide plenty of new opportunities for incoming players.
*= Redshirted last season
What to Watch
Six foot two and ready to groove
CSU returns sophomore center Jasmine Blackmon, who was second on the team last season after connecting on 52.7% of her field-goal attempts. Blackmon was fifth on the team in averaging 2.7 rebounds per game. She is the only center on the roster this season.
"I think the post player is an area that we need to improve in every year," head coach Fred Applin said. "We want people to step up. Jasmine Blackmon is going to be in there, but we also have Lexii Cassell, who sat out last year. We are looking for her to come in and make an impact."
Cassell returns as a redshirt junior after sitting out last season. She transfers to CSU from Murray State, where she came off the bench for 21 games as a sophomore in the 2015-16 season. She averaged 1.2 points and 1.7 rebounds per game, while playing 8.2 minutes per game for the Racers.
Sophomore forward Tierra Steede returns after playing in 22 games last season. Steede averaged 1.5 points per game and 1.1 rebounds per game, while playing 8.4 minutes per game. Steede looks to continue her contributions and see an increase in playing time this season.
"Tierra Steede played a lot of minutes for us last year," Applin said. "We will have a good core group of post players."
New Kids on the Block
CSU has three newcomers at forward coming in this season to help control the pressure in the paint. Weknyne Dumorne, Cailah Hicklin and Shelby Wilbanks all enter their first season with the Bucs and hope to make an immediate impact.
Dumorne transfers to CSU as a junior following a two-year career at Broward Community College. She averaged 13 points, nine rebounds and three blocks per game last season.
Hicklin is a 5-10 power forward from Columbia, S.C., who starred at Lower Richland High School the past four seasons. Hicklin accumulated numerous accolades, including a state championship her freshman year and the team's leading scorer in her sophomore season.
Wilbanks transfers to CSU as a junior, following a two-year career at Northeast Mississippi Community College. Wilbanks averaged 16 points and eight rebounds last season as a sophomore.
The Key Number is 3
3- Charleston Southern's roster features three new forwards. Two of the three – Dumorne and Wilbanks are junior college transfers, while Hicklin is a true freshman.
3- CSU returns three players from last season at the post position. Blackmon and Cassell, who both stand tall at 6'2 look to control the ball down low. Steede hopes her consistency from last season will carry over to this year.
3- Who can step up at forward and be the third leading scorer for the Bucs? Guards Ke'Asia Jackson and Rachel Burns are returning as the top-two scorers, but CSU needs to find a third option at forward to produce points.
CSU opens the 2017-18 season at home against Columbia International on Friday at 7 p.m. The Bucs then host Lipscomb on Sunday at 2 p.m.