TROY, Ala. – The Troy women’s basketball program and head coach Chanda Rigby announced the signing of Crystal Reed on Wednesday, a 6-foot-6 forward from Darton State in Albany, Ga.
Reed, a teammate of fellow Troy signee Michelle Mitchell at Darton State, helped lead the Lady Cavaliers to a 30-4 overall record in 2012-13. Darton State won the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) championship and made its first National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament appearance in over a decade.
In the NJCAA District J title game, with a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament on the line, Reed nearly dropped a triple-double, scoring seven points with eight rebounds and seven blocks.
As a sophomore last season, Reed averaged 5.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game for a Darton State team that allowed just 48.5 points per game.
“One of our weaknesses on last year’s team was our size,” Rigby said. “Crystal is an immediate solution to that. At a strong 6’6”, her defensive presence in the lane will be problematic for our opponents.”
In 2011-12, her freshman season, Reed averaged 5.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game as Darton State finished fifth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 48.3 points per game.
Reed, a Monticello, Ark., native, came to Darton State after a successful high school career at Peach County High School in Fort Valley, Ga., including a trip to the GHSA Class AAA quarterfinals as a senior.
Reed becomes the eighth member of the Trojans 2013 signing class.
2013 Troy Women’s Basketball Signing Class
Kristen Emerson – 6’1” – F – Prattville, Ala. (Prattville Christian HS)
Ronita Garrett – 6’0” – F – McCormick, S.C. (Georgia Perimeter)
Revonnia Howard – 6’2” – F – Chicago, Ill. (Rock Valley College)
Brianna Lancaster – 6’0” – F – Waynesboro, Miss. (Shelton State)
Chant Lewis – 5’8” – G – Winnfield, La. (Winnfield HS)
Aissata Maiga – 5’6” – G - Bamako, Mali (Gulf Coast State)
Michelle Mitchell – 5’9” – G – Eastman, Ga. (Darton State)
Crystal Reed – 6’6” – F – Monticello, Ark. (Darton State)
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