Southeast seeks to add next chapter of success with large recruiting class
Tyler Graef ~ Southeast Missourian
“Everybody likes a winner,” has been a fact throughout sports since Neanderthals took part in rock-throwing contests and it remains true today.
The Southeast Missouri State women’s basketball program has added seven new players following its most successful season in program history at the NCAA Division I level.
The Redhawks added five players during the early signing period in November and officially added two more on the first day of the spring signing period Wednesday.
The latest players to join the Redhawks, who won 25 games and the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament this past season are junior college transfers Nyrobi Pillers and Deanay Watson.
Pillers is a 6-foot forward who helped Colby Community College (Kansas) to its first winning season in 14 seasons.
"Nyrobi's ability to score at the rim, run the floor, go and get rebounds and defend will be a huge asset to us defending our OVC Conference Championship," sixth-year Southeast coach Rekha Patterson said in a release.
Pillers averaged 11 points and seven rebounds and was named all-conference.
“She has an amazing work ethic,” Patterson said. “We are anxious for her to join our program."
Watson is a Florida native but played the past two seasons at nearby Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff.
She took up basketball late (her junior year in high school), but her incredible athleticism has allowed her to be very productive on the court.
"Deanay's unrivaled championship experience, athleticism, ability to score and work ethic will be a great addition to our program," Patterson said.
Three Rivers won 43 of 43 games over the past two seasons and Watson led the Raiders in scoring (13.6 points per game) and rebounding (5.6).
Three Rivers made their first appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament in 16 seasons during Watson’s freshman season.
"We are excited she chose to become a Redhawk and continue to help us to compete and win OVC Championships,” Patterson said.
Patterson also added Shymaryia Christopher, Chandler Davis, Briana Johns, Michaela Mayfield, and Ambrea Phillips-Gentle in November.
"We are excited to announce this class of young ladies that we have signed,” Patterson said. “They are a group of hard-working kids that we want to continue to add to a program that the Redhawk fans and community can be proud to watch and support.”
Southeast graduated Carrie Shephard, Jessie Harshberger, Iyanna McCurdy, Jocelyn Taylor, and Denisha Gardener.