Women's Basketball Adds Transfers Ijeoma Ajemba and Tyshell King
GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG head coach Trina Patterson has announced the addition of two transfers in center Ijeoma Ajemba (Lanham, Md./Old Dominion) and guard Tyshell King (Baltimore, Md./Georgetown). Both players are transferring under the graduate transfer waiver and will be immediately eligible for the 2017-18 season.
“We have signed two talented graduate students to join our program for the 2017-18 season,” said Patterson. “They are highly driven student athletes with three years of college playing experience at the highest level. I believe that Ije and Tyshell will help us to continue to build this program and represent UNCG with excellence in everything that they will do.”
Ajemba made 78 appearances and 26 starts in four years at Old Dominion. The 6-3 center's breakout season came during her junior season in 2015-16. The Parkdale High School product averaged 7.5 points and 8.9 rebounds in 29 games, shooting 44.9-percent from the floor. Against Charlotte in the Conference USA Tournament, she tied the tournament record for single game rebounds with 21. Ajemba did not play this past season, taking a redshirt year.
“I had the opportunity to work with Ije as her position coach at ODU,” continued Patterson. “She is an athletic, versatile forward who has a good skill set. She has the ability to score both inside and outside, is a powerful rebounder and defender and I love the way that she competes.”
King appeared in 84 games over four years at Georgetown, making seven starts for the Hoyas. The 5-11 guard averaged 10.0 minutes per game, posting 2.0 points and 1.1 rebounds. King scored a career-high eight points twice this past season against Towson and DePaul. At Xavier, pulled down eight rebounds, a career-high.
“Tyshell is a long and athletic wing,” concluded Patterson. “She brings energy on both ends of the floor and has the ability to attack and finish. Known for her defensive skill set, she has the ability to create havoc because of her tenacity, athleticism and length.”
Ajemba and King will be the lone members of the senior class for the 2017-18 edition of Spartan basketball.