The App State women’s basketball team has added five student-athletes to their 2022 signing class, head coach Angel Elderkin announced Friday.
“It is with great enthusiasm that we announce five new student-athletes to our program. Each of these young ladies possess the skill set, mindset, and character to continue to grow our program and strive for excellence in the classroom, on the court, and in the community,” said Elderkin.
Among the signees are true freshmen Alexis Black, Chaé Harris and Lexi Grant, who all compete as guards. In addition to the true freshmen, the Mountaineers will be welcoming transfers Michelle Ojo and Lauren Carter.
Alexis Black | 5’9 | Guard | Word of Life Christian Academy | Washington, D.C.
Alexis Black hails from Washington, D.C. and will be joining the Mountaineers as a true freshman and guard. During her senior year at Word of Life Christian Academy, Black averaged 21 points per game, six rebounds, and five assists. She also garnered a 2022 Washington Post All-Met honorable mention and was named to the 2021 VISAA All-Conference team. Black intends to pursue a degree in sports management.
Elderkin on Black
“Lex will provide depth to our backcourt with her ability to create for herself and others. She brings a level of toughness on defense, and genuine passion and drive for the game.”
Lauren Carter | 6’0 | Guard | Morehead State | High Point, N.C.
Lauren Carter will be joining the Mountaineers as a graduate student, after making stops at Campbell (2018-19) and Morehead State (2019-22). Most recently at Morehead State, Carter recorded a total of 301 points, 191 rebounds, 56 steals, 51 assists, and 41 blocks. Carter earned OVC Player of the Week recognition on two occasions and was named to the Dean’s List for her efforts in the classroom. Carter is majoring in university studies and plans on pursuing an MBA in Human Resources. While at Campbell, Carter scored 313 points, marked 162 rebounds, 24 assists, 39 steals, and 33 blocks. She was also named to the Big South Conference All-Freshman Team.
Prior to her collegiate career, the High Point, N.C. native led a decorated high school career at Southwest Guilford High School, collecting several All-Area, All-Conference, All-Region, and All-District awards.
Elderkin on Carter
“We have had a long-standing relationship with Lauren and her family and the timing was right to make her a Mountaineer. Her relentless work ethic and ability to play multiple positions will allow her to make an immediate impact.”
Lexi Grant | Guard | First Baptist HS | Charleston, S.C.
Hailing from Charleston, S.C., Lexi Grant will join the squad as a freshman guard. Grant led a decorated career at First Baptist High School, garnering 2019-20 SCISA All Star accolades, SCISA 3A All-Region honors for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons, as well as 2020-21 First-Team All-Lowcountry and 2019-20 Second-Team All-Lowcountry nods. As a sophomore, she scored her 1000th point and she wrapped her high school career with over 1500 career points. She also averaged 19.1 points per game, 4.8 assists per game, two steals per game and six rebounds per game. Grant competed for the TMP 17U club team, as well, under Presley Singleton.
Elderkin on Grant
“Lexi is another player with great length and versatility that will flourish in our system. She possesses the ability to see the floor and elevate her teammates.”
Chaé Harris | 5’8 | Guard | Shiloh HS | Snellville, Ga.
A native of Snellville, Ga., Chaé Harris will be joining the Mountaineers as a true freshman at the guard position. Harris averaged 20 points per game at Shiloh High School and was named First-Team All-Region her freshman year. She was also named women’s basketball Most Valuable Player in Gwinnett County. Aside from competing for Shiloh, she also played for the Team Elite EYBL club team under the direction of Chad Hubbard.
Elderkin on Harris
“Chaé has the versatility to play multiple positions allowing her to grow and excel in our system. She has a focus and a competitive drive that I cannot wait to be around every day.”
Michelle Ojo | Guard | Princess Anne HS | George Washington | Virginia Beach, VA
Michelle Ojo will be joining the Mountaineers as a sophomore transfer from George Washington. While with the Colonials, Ojo scored 19 points, notched one assist, tallied three steals, and had two blocks.
As a senior at Princess Anne, Ojo was named First Team All-State and averaged 10.3 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game, 3.9 steals per game, and 1.6 blocks per game. She also helped the Princess Anne team to its 13th consecutive VHSL 5A State Championship and was rated a 3-star recruit. Ojo originally hails from London, England.
Elderkin on Ojo
“We are so thrilled to have added Michelle Ojo to our program. She will bring us a presence outside the arc and around the rim. She is another player in this class bringing versatility.”
The Mountaineers went 14-12 (8-4 Sun Belt) last season, recording a five-game win-streak from Jan. 15 to Jan. 29, that included road victories over Little Rock and Coastal Carolina as well as home wins over Louisiana, ULM and Coastal Carolina. App State entered the Sun Belt Tournament as the No. 4 seed after capping the regular season with a dominant 72-50 win over South Alabama. Alexia Allesch was named Newcomer of the Year as well as Second-Team All-Sun Belt and Janay Sanders garnered third-team all-conference honors. Allesch also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District recognition for her efforts in the classroom.