JOHNSON CITY — Brittney Ezell revealed her first signing as East Tennessee State's new women's basketball coach, announcing Wednesday that Jasmine Hotchkins of Phoenix has signed a national letter of intent to join the Lady Bucs for the 2013-14 season.
Hotchkins, a 5-foot-4 point guard, played for 2013 Arizona Division I state runner-up Pinnacle High School, which went 32-3 overall this past season. She is known as a facilitator on offense with the ability to create shots for herself and for her teammates.
"We are thrilled to add Jasmine to the ETSU women's basketball program,” Ezell said in a statement from the school. “Her selfless attitude, her incredibly tireless work ethic and her court savvy will make her a fan favorite immediately. I have a deep belief in Jasmine and in that she will make an immediate impact on the program and on the culture that we intend to create for Lady Bucs basketball."
Hotchkins transferred to Pinnacle from Xavier College Prep prior to her senior season of high school.
"Jasmine will be a huge asset to ETSU,” said Russ Davis, coach of the Cal Swish AAU program. “They are getting a guard with a great work ethic, the ability to score and make her teammates better. She is a very committed team player with a great attitude."
Hotchkins said she's eager to get to work as part of the Lady Bucs basketball family.
"I am humbled and excited to be a part of the beginning of a new era in ETSU women's basketball,” she said. “The ETSU Lady Bucs are not far removed from their three-year run as an NCAA tournament team, and though I do feel the bar is set high, with Coach Ezell at the helm I feel it is achievable. In coach's words, ‘It's better to under-promise and over-deliver.’ I have every intention to work relentlessly and tirelessly as a student-athlete to achieve the goals we set as a team and individually each and every year.”
Hotchkins joins shooting guard Shamauria “Jett” Bridges of Miramar, Fla., as members of the signed 2013 Lady Bucs class.