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Spartans gain recruits, assistant coach

Published: Monday, July 15, 2013 1:55 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 15, 2013 1:59 a.m. CDT

Southwestern Community College basketball coach Addae Houston has announced three new recruits as well as a the hiring of an assistant coach for the Spartans.

Jmyrehea Douglas and Rhecie Lee, both May graduates of Port Allen High School in Port Allen, La., have committed to the Spartan’s basketball program.

Douglas, a 5-foot-11 post player, was named second team all-district and defensive player of the year for her team. In high school, she also participated in volleyball and track, finishing fourth overall in regional high jump and being named first team all-district.

Houston said Douglas is an extremely athletic and quick post player who runs the floor and rebounds the ball well on both ends of the court.

“I strongly believe Jmyrehea has the potential to be one of the best rebounders in our conference this season,” Houston said.

Lee, a 5-6 point guard, was named honorable mention all-district as a freshman and second team all-district for her last three years of high school. Lee also participated in track and field finishing as district champ in the long jump her junior and senior years, district champ in the high jump her junior year, and district champ in the triple jump her junior year. She was state runner-up in the long jump and high jump her senior year.

Houston is convinced Lee will bring great athleticism and depth to the guard position for the Spartans.

“Rhecie is very quick in the open floor on offense and a good on ball defender,” Houston said. “She will be a solid addition to the program and we are excited to have her headed to Creston.”

Houston has also added a southwest Iowa recruit to his roster. Jill Vanderhoof of Villisca, a 5-7 guard/forward, will also join the SWCC team. Vanderhoof, a May graduate of Villisca High School, received the following honors her junior season: Corner Conference first team unanimous selection; All Region 7 Team; Iowa All-District–1A, south region; Radio Iowa’s Iowa Network Services Player of the Week, Class 1A; and Omaha World Herald All-Western Iowa–second team.

Her senior year, Vanderhoof was named team captain; Corner Conference first team unanimous selection; Iowa Girls Coaches Association Academic All-State team; and Omaha World Herald All-Western Iowa–second team.

She was a multi-sport athlete, also participating in volleyball, track, golf, and cross country. Vanderhoof was named to the National Honor Society, participated in speech and drama, and was a member of the student council.

“Jill is a very fundamental and versatile athlete and will be able to play multiple positions for us this year,” Houston said. “I feel Jill is the type of player who will play any role I ask of her to help the team be successful.”

New coach

Chanel Maxey of Anaheim, Calif., will be the assistant coach for the Spartans’ women’s basketball program starting in August.

Maxey attended Dixie State University, where she excelled on the basketball team. She was named PacWest Player of the Week in December 2010.

In consecutive seasons, Maxey was named to the PacWest All-Conference Second Team and PacWest Academic All-Conference Team. She ranked second in three’s made, fourth in scoring, and 13th in rebounding for the week in the PacWest. Maxey also ranked second in shooting (64.7 percent) for the week in the conference after making 11 of 17 field goal attempts, while she drained 61.5 percent (eight for 13) of her attempts from beyond the arc.

She recently graduated with a bachelor of science degree in integrated studies of business and psychology.

Maxey will also serve as a residence hall coordinator for SWCC student housing.

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