The North Platte Community College Lady Knights basketball team has announced the signing of three players from the state of Florida to play for first year coach Jeff Thurman in the 2018-19 season. They are Katie Cox, Alizea McClanahan and Emily Joseph.
Cox, a 5’ 10” small forward, played basketball at J.W. Mitchell High School Lady Mustangs in Port Richey, Fla., played four seasons for the Lady Mustangs. Cox played 71 games and averaged in her career 5.9 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game, 2.5 steals per game, and 1.8 assists per game.
In her senior season, she averaged 8.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.3 steals and two assists per game. She was second team all-conference, most valuable player of the Lady Mustangs. In her junior season she was named defensive player of the year
The opportunity to play college basketball presented itself and I took it,” Cox said. “It is a big accomplishment and I am excited for it.
Cox said that she is looking forward to getting into the gym every day and focusing on playing, not having the distractions that were in high school.
Cox is a member of the Spanish National Honor Society and is leaning on majoring in business.
McClanahan,a teammate of Cox, is a 5’ 8 shooting guard. In 72 games in her career, McClanahan averaged 5.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, a.9 apg, and 1.9 spg for the Lady Mustangs.
In her senior season, she averaged 6.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, and 2.1 spg.
McClanahan was a first team all-conference performer in track and field and won the leadership award her senior season.
McClanahan volunteered helping people with special needs. She wants to go into nursing and become an RN.
This was the best option for me.” McClanahan said. “I was not ready to give up playing basketball, the sport that I love. The coach was interested in me, so I took the opportunity.”
Joseph, a 5’ 7”shooting guard played for the Northeast High School Lady Vikings in St. Petersburg, Fla. She was teammates with Cox and Mclanahan on the traveling team, Tampa Thunder. Joseph played four seasons for the Lady Vikings and averaged 9.8 ppg in 73 games.
In her senior season, she averaged 16 ppg and had a career high 29 points against Osceola High School.
According to MaxPreps, a national recruiting service, Joseph broke the school record for most three pointers in a game with eight, and most three pointers in a career with 120.
“It’s always been a goal to play college basketball and it is becoming real.” Joseph said. “I came here because I had friend coming and we can develop chemistry.”
Cox, McClanahan, and Joseph join Coloradoan Jordan Novinger in the 2018-19 recruiting class.