GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro women’s basketball signed Excellanxt Greer, Jayla Johnson and Pernilla Sörensen to its 2019 recruiting class, head coach Trina Patterson announced Thursday. Sorensen will have two years of eligibility as a junior college transfer while Greer and Johnson will have all four years. The trio joins Jordan Releford in the class, who signed with the Spartans in the fall signing period.
Point Guard | 5’6”
Zebulon B. Vance High School | Charlotte
Greer lettered all four years of her high school with the last coming under head coach Donnell Rhyne where she led the Cougars to the I-MECK 4A Regular Season and Conference Championships. A two-year team captain, she was named her high school’s defensive player of the year, selected to all-conference and nominated for McDonald’s All-American in her senior season. In her junior year at Meade High School in Ft. Meade, Md., she garnered the team’s MVP and Scholar-Athlete Awards, Second-Team All Anne-Arundel County and Student-Athlete of the Week in the county.
For two years Greer played AAU basketball for the Fairfax Stars under coach Jason Simpson and helped the squad win the 15-under EYBL National Championship. Planning to major in Chemistry, she has been active in club and volunteer work all throughout high school with the Honor Council, Key and ACE Clubs, National Society of High School Scholar and National Honor Society-Rho Kappa while also earning three Brother Andre Awards for Honors Conceptual Physics, Honors Rhetoric and Digital Art.
We're so happy to announce we have 3️⃣ excellent women who have signed on to join our program‼ 1st up is Excellanxt Greer @ThaRealExGreer, a guard from nearby Zebulon B. Vance High School! She led the Cougars to a conference championship this past year #letsgoG #NSD19 pic.twitter.com/RQ4E9j13xi— UNCG WBB (@uncgwbb) April 18, 2019
“We are thrilled for Excellanxt,” said Patterson. “She is an intelligent point guard with great leadership skills and energy. She scores, defends and has outstanding court vision.”
“I choose UNCG because I feel that I can contribute to winning a SoCon Championship, and I know they have the career path I’d like to take,” said Greer. “They have a great family atmosphere where I know I can grow as a person for life after basketball.
Guard | 5’8’’
Florida Prep Academy | Cocoa, Fla.
Johnson lettered all four years for the Falcons under head coach Emerson Murray Jr. This past season, the two-time team captain led her team to the FHSAA 2A Girls Basketball State Championships and was selected the Space Coast Player of the Year, District 12 Player of the Year and Friday Night Locker Room Player of the Year. She averaged 17 points, four assists, five rebounds and four steals per game for a spot in the 2019 FACA All-Star Game. She improved on her previous seasons’ averages of 13 points, three rebounds and four assists per game that garnered her a second-straight spot on the First-Team All Space Coast and Friday Night Locker Room Teams.
Johnson played AAU basketball for East Coast United for six years under coach Murray. A member of the National Society of High School Scholars, she plans to major in Biology.
Up next is Jayla Johnson @jayylajohhnson, a guard from Florida Prep Academy! Johnson led her team to win the FHSAA 2A State Championship & was selected the Space Coast, District 12 & Friday Night Locker Room Player of the Year #letsgoG #NSD19 pic.twitter.com/D4qCtbdD3s— UNCG WBB (@uncgwbb) April 18, 2019
“We are excited for Jayla,” said Patterson. “She's a super versatile player and an all-around talent and can play multiple positions on the floor. She rebounds, scores and is long and athletic which helps her defend.”
“As soon as I stepped on campus, I loved it,” said Johnson. “From the students, to the players and the coaches, everything was amazing.”
Guard/Forward | 6’0”
Broward College | Taby, Sweden
Sörensen has played the last two years at Broward College under head coach Brian McCormick, earning Second-Team All-Southern Conference Honors twice. This past season she ranked in the top-100 in the NJCAA in defensive Rebounds (42nd at 5.68 per game), three-point field goals made (57th at 2.28 per game) and three-point field goal percentage (.399). She was also a 2018-19 NJCAA Academic All-American with a perfect 4.0 GPA in the year and the 2019 FCSAA Sandy Miller Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year. She has earned NJCAA and Region-8 Player of the Week Honors. A native of Sweden, she has played for her nation’s Under-16, Under-18 and Under-20 teams.
Last but not least is Pernilla Sörensen @Pernilla98! The JUCO transfer is a native of 🇸🇪, Sörensen has played the last ✌️ years at Broward College, earning Second-Team All-Southern Conference Honors in both seasons #letsgoG #NSD19 pic.twitter.com/OjQMsdXuPW— UNCG WBB (@uncgwbb) April 18, 2019
“We are happy for Pernilla,” said Patterson. “She is a highly skilled player who is incredibly versatile. An outstanding three-point shooter, she also rebounds and defends, but what I like most is that she’s a fierce competitor.”
“I got a good impression of both the coaches and the team when I was there at my visit, which was the most important thing for me,” said Sorensen. “When I was sitting on the side and watching the team practice the first thing that I felt was that UNCG was a place where I could really develop my basketball skills. The coaches put a lot of effort in improving each individual player in the offseason, and that is something that is also very important for me.”
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