Mean Green Continue To Build Program With Three Signees
North Texas Replaces Outgoing Seniors With Another Accomplished Class
DENTON -- North Texas head women's basketball coach Jalie Mitchell announced on Wednesday the signing of three high school recruits.
Guards Lauren Holmes and Trena Mims and 6-foot forward Deja Terrell will join the Mean Green roster following their high school graduations in the spring of 2017. The recruiting class is Mitchell's second since she arrived in Denton in 2015 and will replace the three seniors currently in their final seasons at North Texas.
"We have been waiting on this day for quite some time," Mitchell said. "In assessing our needs after the departure of our senior class, these young ladies' names continued to come up in our staff meetings. Their mentalities and personalities stood out a great deal in the recruiting process. They are perfect for our style and keep us on track for reaching our goals as a family and as a program."
Holmes is a 5-foot-7 guard from Fayetteville, Arkansas. A multi-talented athlete, Holmes is accomplished in track, volleyball and basketball.
She's a three-year varsity basketball letterwinner. In 2015 as a sophomore, Holmes was named the All-NWADG Girls Basketball Newcomer of the Year and helped lead Fayetteville High School to a state basketball championship. Last season as a junior, Holmes was named all-state while helping her team win 21 games with a runner-up finish for the 7A-West title.
Following her successful junior season, she helped lead the Fayetteville High track team to a state championship with individual state titles in hurdles and the long jump. She is the two-time defending Northwest Arkansas Track Athlete of the Year.
"Lauren Holmes is a championship athlete, period," Mitchell said. "You name it, she can do it. Her speed, leaping and defensive abilities will leave you in awe. I am so proud of this young lady and all that she has accomplished. There is much more where that came from. Our Mean Green fans will love her personality and spirit. Lauren's hard work and desire for excellence helps her to achieve any goal she sets her heart and mind to.
"Watch out for this gem", she added.
For the past three seasons, Mims has been part of a trio that made her high school team one of the most successful and talented in the state.
In her three seasons at Muskogee High School -- the same alma mater of North Texas football coach Seth Littrell -- Mims helped lead her Rougher team to three-consecutive 23-win plus seasons (23-5, 25-4 and 24-3). They reached the Oklahoma 6A State Championship game her sophomore year but lost in overtime. While in her freshman and junior seasons, Muskogee made it to the semifinals.
Mims last season was named Oklahoma All-State Honorable Mention and named Oklahoma All-State Tournament Second Team. Despite sharing the court with two eventual division I signees, Mims averaged 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists per game last season.
Entering her senior season this year, Mims is the leader of a team on the brink of finally winning it all and Mitchell sees the experienced guard as someone who will make an impact as soon as she sets foot in the Super Pit.
"Trena Mims has a bright future ahead of her with the Mean Green," Mitchell said. "She is intelligent, hungry and has the valuable experience of playing at a high level with other talent and vying for championships. That, in addition to Trena's understanding of the game, strength and athleticism should allow her to make an immediate impact once she joins us next season. She has something to prove, and the passion to do so will take her a long way."
Metroplex product Terrell comes to North Texas from Life Oak Cliff High School, where she's helped lead her school to a top-15 ranking while being the winningest team in her district. For her talent and success, she is the No. 19-ranked recruit from Texas for the class of 2017.
Since her freshman season, Terrell has dominated on the basketball court. She has been named first team all-district three times while compiling a 34-2 record in district games and has won 73 games total.
She has averaged 10 or more points each year and finished last season averaging 14.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
Also a talented volleyball player, Terrell was named first team all-district last year after being named second team as a sophomore.
"Deja Terrell is one of the most competitive people you will ever have the pleasure of watching," Mitchell said. "She is a fiery athlete with size, strength and attitude. I love her game. She will be a crowd favorite because of her energy, defense and clean up mentality. She is a finisher who doesn't take no for an answer. She is willing to do anything you ask, even the things that don't show up on the stat sheet. You can't tell it by her smile, but this is one most opponents won't want to see. I fully expect her to challenge Amber Jackson for the rebounding record here."
With the addition of Terrell, Mims and Holmes, along with current redshirting Mean Green sophomore Justis Szczepanski, the 2017-18 North Texas women's basketball team will feature a complete roster of 15 women who could all play valuable minutes, a characteristic few Mean Green teams have had before.
"We can't wait to have these three in Denton," Mitchell said.