@JWUWBballNM Adds Three for the 2018-19 Season

@JWUWBballNM Adds Three for the 2018-19 Season

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (July 27, 2018) -- Head Coach Kymberly Hope announced on Friday the signing of Deja Smith, Carol Hadnot, and Lexie Jackson to the Johnson & Wales women's basketball program for the 2018-19 season.

Deja Smith "As we continue our upward battle in the Sun Conference, I believe we are headed in the right direction adding these women to our roster," Coach Hope said. "I believe their impact will continue to elevate our program. I am excited to welcome them and their families to Johnson & Wales University and to our Wildcat family."

Smith, a native of Miramar, Florida, is a graduate of Somerset Academy in Pembroke Pines, Florida. She was a four-year member of the Somerset women's basketball team coached by Gale Nelson. Averaging 15.0 points-, 10.0 rebounds-, and 3.0 blocks-per-game, Smith was named the Panther's Most Valuable Player and Best Offensive Player during her senior season.

Carol Hadnot Hadnot, a native of Oceanside, California, comes to JWU via MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California. The 5-foot-5 point guard graduated from El Camino High School where she played basketball under Head Coach Red Jackson. During her senior year, she was named the Wildcats' Best Offensive Player and finished her high school career, averaging 18.0 points-, 3.5 steals-, and 6.0 assists-per-game while shooting 72.0 percent from the free-throw line. She also played travel ball for Elite Dynasty (summer 2015).

Lexie Jackson Jackson, a two-year letterwinner at the College of the Desert in Palm Springs, California, averaged 13.4 points-, and 12.3 rebounds-per-game for the Roadrunners. The 5-foot-11 forward is a native of Indio, California. She was named first-team all-conference during the 2016-17 season, ranking No. 6 in the conference in rebounding, No. 8 in total blocks, and No. 1 in blocks-per-contest (2.6). She graduated from La Quinta High School where she competed in both basketball and softball.  

Smith, Hadnot, and Jackson join previously announced Ayshia Scott, and Jordan McDuffie to comprise the 2018-19 women's basketball signing class.