Nov. 9, 2011
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon announced Wednesday that the Lady Techsters have signed guards Lulu Perry (Benton, La./Benton HS) and Janay Borum (Upper Marlboro, Maryland/Palm Beach State College) during the first day of the early signing period.
"Our 2012 class is so important because of the number of seniors and leaders we are losing after this year," Weatherspoon said. "We are losing a lot. Our goal is to fill those voids. I wanted to bring in more guards so we can continue to have a strong perimeter game.
"The greatest thing about all these kids that I love the most is they are great people. They are wonderful off the floor. They will do well in classroom and in the community. That's what I want to bring into our program. They understand our vision. It's a great day for us at Louisiana Tech."
Perry will join the Lady Techsters next summer after a stellar high school career at Benton High School where she enters her senior year as the program's all-time leading scorer. The 5-foot-6-inch Perry earned the District 1-4A Most Valuable Player award for three straight years while also earning first team all-district and Shreveport Times All-City accolades each of the past three seasons.
"She is an amazing, amazing player with tremendous ability," Weatherspoon said. "She is tremendously talented. She can do anything at the one, two or three positions. I'm looking forward to having her here. She is a local kid, and we are blessed to have her as a part of Louisiana Tech and what we are building."
While leading Benton to the district title and the state quarterfinals as both a freshman and a junior, Perry averaged 21.7 points per game as a freshman, 25.5 as a sophomore and 22.3 as a junior. She scored a career-high 40 points against Haughton and added 35 points in a playoff win over Ruston High School this past season.
"She's a phenomenal player," said Benton head coach Mary Ward. "I don't think I've ever seen someone as explosive as she is scoring the basketball. LA Tech is very fortunate."
Perry is also a three-time all-state selection.
"I really wanted to play for Teresa Weatherspoon and help build their program," Perry said. "I like her mentality and how she gets everyone fired up."
Borum comes to Ruston after two years of experience on the junior college level. Last season she lettered at the College of Central Florida where she averaged 9.3 points, 5.0 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 steals while leading the team to the Region 8 state tournament semifinals.
"The quickness, the speed ... those are the things people will notice," Weatherspoon said. "I want people to remember Pam Thomas and her ability at such a small size. Janay is fearless, relentless. That is what people will see. She plays with speed but under control. It will be great to coach her."
After earning first team all-Mid Florida Conference honors last year, the 5-foot-2-inch speedster will play this year at Palm Beach State College for coach Kris Ruffo. She is ranked as the 25th best point guard in the junior college ranks by Dan Olsen's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
"Energetic," Ruffo said of Borum. "That's probably the first word that comes to mind. She is a coach on the floor which will bode well for LA Tech the next few years. She thinks like a coach, sees the game like a coach and acts like a coach on the floor. I coached against her last year, and she single-handedly beat me in the second half."
Borum played high school basketball at Wise High School in Maryland where she led the program to the Prince George's County championship and the Region 4A championship as a senior while averaging 13.3 points and 7.5 assists per game. She was named all-metro by the Washington Post and the 4A Player of the Year for Prince George's County by the Maryland Gazette.
"I chose Louisiana Tech because I thought it was a good setting for me," said Borum. "I want to play for Coach Weatherspoon. I love her energy, and I feel like she can make me a better player and person."
Weatherspoon said that she expects to announce additional signees during the early period.
Lady Techster Signees
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
(Palm Beach State College/Wise High School)
Junior College: Lettering this year at Palm Beach State College for head coach Kris Ruffo ... Lettered one year for Coach Cheryl Rice at College of Central Florida as a freshman ... Averaged 9.3 points, 5.0 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.8 steals per game while leading the team to the semifinals of the Region 8 State Tournament ... Shot 40 percent from the field and 60 percent from the free throw line ... Named first team all-Mid Florida Conference ... Ranked as the 25th best point guard in the junior college ranks by Dan Olsen's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report ... High School: Lettered three years for coach Walter Clark at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School ... Led the team to the Prince George's County championship and the Region 4A championship as a senior, averaging 13.3 points and 7.5 assists ... Named second team all-metro by the Washington Post as a senior and honorable mention as a junior ... Named player of the year for 4A for Prince George's County by the Maryland Gazette as a senior ... Named all-county for Prince George's County as a senior ... Personal: Full name is Janay Monique Borum ... Daughter of Serva and Kevan Borum ... Has one sister, Keisha Henderson, and one brother, Javon ... Javon played basketball at UC-Riverside ... Born Aug. 14, 1992 in Washington, D.C.
(Benton High School)
High School: Lettered three years for Coach Mary Ward at Benton High School ... Helped lead the program to a pair of District 1-4A titles and the quarterfinals of the state tournament as boht a freshman and junior ... Averaged 22.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game as a junior ... Scored 35 points in a playoff win over Ruston High School ... Scored 40 in win over Haughton ... Scored 28 in loss to eventual state champion St. Thomas More ... Averaged 21.7 points per game as a freshman and 25.5 points per game as a sophomore ... Already the school's all-time leading scorer ... Named District 1-4A MVP all three years ... Named all-city by the Shreveport Times all three years, including MVP as a freshman ... Three-time all-state ... Three-time all-district ... Personal: Full name is Arkeysha Keunn Perry ... Daughter of Lakisa Perry and Damion Neal ... Has one sister, Lakenya Perry ... Has two brothers, Damion Neal Jr. and Keionje Perry ... Born Dec. 16, 1993 in Shreveport, La.