May 2, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall women’s basketball welcomed two additions to the 2013-14 roster as junior college transfers Aja Sorrells and Andrea Johnson signed National Letters of Intent this past week.
SORRELLS, a 5-9 guard, helped Hutchinson Community College to two-straight final four appearances in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship tournament, reaching the semifinals this past season and the championship game her freshman year. Despite playing out of position inside the paint this past season, Sorrells pushed the Lady Dragons to a 36-2 record and received an All-Jayhawk Conference (HM) selection. She averaged 10 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.2 steals.
“Aja has complete versatility and toughness,” head coach Matt Daniel said about Sorrells. “She is solid playing multiple positions and can provide match-up problems for opponents on both ends. She has been coached by a hard-nosed guy that I played against in college, John Ontjes, when he was at Oklahoma. Her record is 72-3 in two years at Hutchinson, with a runner-up and third place finish in the national tournament.”
Sorrells is a native of Athens, Ga., where she played high school basketball at Clarke Central. She collected three region championships during her high school career and was selected to the All-Region tournament team each season. Sorrells hopes to earn a major in sports management and minor in business.
JOHNSON, a 5-5 point guard, led Northeast Community College to the first round of the NJCAA tournament and a 28-5 record this past season. She led the team in scoring with 11.4 points per game, while posting three rebounds, four assists, and two steals per game. During her freshman season, Johnson tallied nine points and four assists per game from the point guard position.
“AJ is a guard that can help run a team with or without the ball in her hands,” Daniel commented on Johnson. “She has had success on all levels and possesses the maturity we need on the floor. She is vocal gym rat and has shown the ability to score the ball multiple ways. The system they ran at Northeast under Coach Matt Svehla helped show us the player she is capable of being.”
Johnson is a native of Silver Spring, Md., where she played high school basketball for Elizabeth Seton, before transferring to Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School for her final three years. She was honored as a two-time All-State (HM) selection and named to the All-Gazette (2nd team). Johnson hopes to major in business and earn a minor in sports management.
The addition of Sorrells and Johnson brings the NLI signee tally to eight. The two will be joining Kiana Evans (5-5 guard/Princeton, W.Va.), McKenzie Akers (6-1 guard/Huntington, W.Va.), Chelsy Romero (6-3 forward/Hampton, Va.), Maya Singleton (6-1 forward/Marlboro, Md.), Jonelle Britt (6-2 forward/Marlboro, Md.), and Leah Scott (5-11 guard/Iowa Western Community College).