Four Sign with Lady Tiger Hoops For 2017-18

Head coach Nikki Fargas has signed four players for the 2017-18 season.
Head coach Nikki Fargas has signed four players for the 2017-18 season.
LSU Athletics Creative Services
Jennifer Rodrigues
Jennifer Rodrigues
Sr. Assoc. Communications Director

BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU women’s basketball coach Nikki Fargas announced today the signing of Jailin Cherry, Raven Farley, Dekeriya Patterson and Khayla Pointer to National Letters of Intent to join the Lady Tiger program for the 2017-18 season.

“It is a great day to be a Lady Tiger,” said Fargas. “We have assembled one of the best recruiting classes in the country. We have added three talented combo guards and one of the top posts in the nation. I would like to personally thank our coaching staff and our team for being diligent in the recruiting process and we are happy to have these young ladies join our family.”

“We are extremely excited about the signing of one of the top post players in the country in Raven Farley,” added Fargas. “She gives us athleticism, quickness and scoring, and is a threat from all places on the floor.”

Farley, a 6-4 forward from Elizabeth, N.J., is the highest-rated player in this signing class. She is tabbed as a five-star prospect by HoopGurlz, which also ranks her No. 19 overall in this class, and fifth nationally at her position. She is also listed as the No. 14 prospect in this class by ProspectsNation.com. Farley will be the first New Jersey-native on a Lady Tiger Basketball roster.

Farley played her junior season at Queen of Peace High School after transferring from The Patrick School. She averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds in 2015-16 after opening the season on the Naismith Trophy Girls Basketball Player of the Year Watch List. She helped the Lady Griffins to a 23-3 record. She scored 20 points, blocked four shots and hauled in 12 rebounds in a playoff game against Saddle River Day. She gave the team a 63-61 lead on two key free throws with 27 seconds left in the game, but the team ultimately dropped the 64-63 decision.

Farley earned nine MaxPreps Player of the Game nods while a sophomore at The Patrick School in 2014-15. She helped her squad to a 21-7 record while averaging 9.5 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game. For the year, she scored 248 points, pulled down 252 rebounds and blocked 103 shots. Farley had a stellar game against Rahway High with 21 points and 17 rebounds. She also earned a MaxPreps nod after blocking seven shots and adding 13 points and 11 boards versus Johnson High.

Recruiting expert Dan Olson commented in 2015 that Farley had a “college-ready frame with emerging interior game that yields next level impact. She is active on the glass and mobile in up-tempo.” He also noted that she has “off-the-charts potential” and added in 2016 that she was “a stock-riser in the class of 2017.”

Farley plays AAU ball with the New Jersey Sparks. Most recently this fall, Farley helped her AAU team to a 2016 Rose Classic championship. For her efforts in the tournament, she earned first-team All-Rose Classic honors.

“We have added one of the best point guards in the country in Khayla Pointer. Jailin Cherry and Dekeriya Patterson can both swing at the point and play off-ball at the two-guard,” explained Fargas. “The combination of those three players allows us to have tremendous versatility on the perimeter.

“All three of these young ladies can defend and play off the mid-range jump shot and the three-ball,” Fargas added. “All three are very capable and we are excited about what our future looks like with the addition of this signing class.”

Pointer, a 5-7 guard from Marietta, Ga., and Fargas’ niece, signed with LSU out of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. As a junior, she averaged 15.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 7.1 steals in leading her squad to the 2015-16 GHSA 2A state championship. She scored 33 points, half her team’s total, off 11-of-12 shooting from the field in a 66-64 overtime win over Wesleyan in the state title game. She scored a layup with 45 seconds remaining in overtime to give her squad the lead for good. Pointer also had two assists, two steals and three treys in the victory. The Golden Bears finished the season at 27-5 overall and 12-1 in the region.

A four-star prospect according to HoopGurlz, Pointer is listed on the site as the No. 14 guard in this class. ProspectsNation.com lists her as a four-and-a-half star player, who ranks No. 13 overall and No. 7 at point guard. She is described by Olson as a “confident floor-leader who executes in half-court and delivers in transition. She is superb off the dribble, reads pressure and makes plays in transition.” He also noted that she was a “stock-riser in the class of 2017.”

In the last three-consecutive seasons, Pointer has been honored as an all-state selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, including a first-team nod in 2015. As a sophomore, she helped her team to a 31-1 record and a regional championship while averaging 14.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.4 steals. During her prep career, she has also been honored as the AJC North Fulton Player of the Year.

Pointer has had some key games at HIES, including a 25-point effort against SACA as a sophomore and a 12 point, eight assist effort versus No. 1 Griffin in the 2015 Woodward War Eagle Classic. Pointer plays AAU for Team Pointer Elite and was named the MVP of the Holiday Hoopsgiving Tournament.

Cherry, a 5-9 guard from Pascagoula, Miss., is Fargas’ first signee out of Mississippi, and is the first Lady Tiger from the Magnolia State since Swayze Black (Brookhaven) and LaSondra Barrett (Jackson), who were seniors on the roster in 2011-12, Fargas’ first season as the LSU head coach.

Cherry averaged 14 points and 19 rebounds a game last season as a junior at Pascagoula High School. She also averaged six assists and five steals per game in 2015-16. Heading into her senior season, Cherry totals 748 points, including a season-best 421 points as a junior for the Lady Panthers.

A three-star prospect according to HoopGurlz and ProspectsNation.com, Cherry is described by Olson as an “athletic combo-guard with explosive first-step flourishes in up-tempo game. She is a one-on-one creator with a mid-range game threat. She is a quick-leaper and active in passing lanes.” A story about Cherry in the Sun Herald said, “She can score, find teammates for open shots and crash the boards as strong as anybody, but it's her ball handling that sets her apart from the crowd.”

Cherry was named the Defensive MVP of the Mississippi North/South All-Star Game after posting 11 points, three rebounds, four assists and five steals in the game. She also participated in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game.

She led the Lady Panthers last season to more than 20 wins and a No. 2 seed in the 5A state playoffs. She helped her squad to a 41-33 win over Stone in the first round of the playoffs with 16 points, 20 rebounds and five steals. She was named her team’s Most Valuable Player at the 2015-16 post-season banquet. The Clarion-Ledger has selected Cherry to its Girls Basketball Dandy Dozen, which touts Mississippi’s Top 12 high school girls basketball players entering the 2016-17 season.

Patterson, a 5-9 guard from Ft. Myers, Fla., prepped at Dunbar High School where she averaged 17.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 steals per games as a junior for the Tigers. She helped her team to its sixth-straight district crown in 2016, scoring 15 points in the District 5A-12 championship game over Cypress Lake. Patterson also had a strong showing in leading her team to its fifth-consecutive State Final 4 last season as she scored 14 points and hauled in six boards versus Booker High School. She also chipped in 25 points in the Class 5A-Region 3 semifinal win over Southeast.

A team captain for the Tigers, Patterson has amassed 1,064 points, 177 steals and 207 assists heading into her senior season. She is also a 50-percent shooter from the field during her career at DHS. Patterson has hit 95 three-pointers, including a season-high 48 treys as a junior. For her career, she is also a 35-percent shooter from behind the arc and has converted 74 percent of her free-throw attempts.

A three-star signee according to HoopGurlz, Patterson is described by Olson as “a lead-guard with scoring punch in the back court. She is explosive in up-tempo game, and attacks in transition. She is a triple-threat creator, who elevates on the jumper.”

Patterson has received several awards, including being named her varsity team’s Most Valuable Player three seasons. She also earned the team’s Sportsmanship Award and was named first-team all-area in 2016. She played AAU ball with FGB (Florida Girls Basketball).

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