JMU roundup: Dukes ink five for women’s hoops

HARRISONBURG — James Madison University women’s basketball coach Kenny Brooks announced the signing of five players to national letters of intent on Thursday. The Dukes will be joined by Aneah Young, Kayla Cooper-Williams, Elemy Colome, Logan Reynolds and Sarah Felgemacher for the 2015-16 season.

Aneah Young is a 6-0 guard from Baltimore. Ranked No. 120 in the nation by All-Star Girls Report, Young was selected to the 2014 Baltimore Sun All-Metro Basketball Second Team as a junior. In her time at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, the team won the regional championship each of the last three years, including a run to the state championship game in 2013. Prospects Nation rated her a four-star recruit.

Kayla Cooper-Williams is a 6-3 center from Dumfries. Cooper-Williams has dominated on the defensive end for C.D. Hylton High School, leading the Northern Virginia area in blocks, and was named All-Conference 4 in 2013-14. ESPN.com rated her as a three-star recruit and the All-Star Girls report ranked her No. 253 in the nation.

Elemy Colome is a 5-10 guard from Lawrence, Massachusetts, and attends Proctor Academy in Andover, New Hampshire where she averages 19 points per game. Colome also competes for Rivals Basketball Club on the AAU circuit and was selected for the United States Junior National Nike All-Star Team in August 2013.

Logan Reynolds is a 5-8 point guard from Norton. Reynolds was tabbed as the 2014 Bristol Herald Courier Girls Basketball Player of the Year after averaging 19 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5 assists and five steals per game in leading Wise County Central to the Virginia High School League 2A state championship. The All-Star Girls Report ranked her No. 261 in the nation and Prospects Nation rated her a two-star recruit.

Savannah Felgemacher is a 6-2 forward from Church Hill, Tennessee. Felgemacher averaged 15 points per game in both her sophomore and junior seasons at Volunteer High School and was selected to the All-County Team in 2014 by TriCities.com.

JMU tips off on the 2014-15 season on Friday against No. 23 UCLA at 1 p.m. in the JMU Convocation Center.

Men’s basketball

HARRISONBURG — James Madison men’s basketball coach Matt Brady announced the signing of Kevin Roland to a national letter of intent for the 2015-16 season.

Roland, a 6-foot-2-inch guard, is originally from the West African nation of Benin, but relocated to the United States more than a year ago and began playing prep basketball at Amelia Academy in Amelia Court House.

In his first season with the Patriots, he was a Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division III First Team All-State honoree after leading the team with 25.0 points per game on 60.5-percent shooting (290-479). He also averaged 9.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 3.1 steals and 1.0 block per outing. He also made 40 3-pointers and 156 free throws in his 31 games played.

Amelia Academy, led by coach Quinton Aldridge, finished the year 24-7 overall, advanced to the VISAA state quarterfinals and won the Virginia Commonwealth Conference title after going 13-1 in league play.

Roland was originally in the Class of 2016 but was recently reclassified to 2015, allowing him to sign an NLI with the Dukes for next season. He was also a member of the Boo Williams AAU travel squad last season. At a college elite camp this past summer, Roland recorded a 41-inch no-step vertical leap.

JMU opens the 2014-15 regular season Friday night at 7 p.m. when it takes on No. 9 Virginia at the JMU Convocation Center.