The Wayne Memorial girls basketball team didn’t just put last season’s forgettable 0-20 season in the rear-view mirror, the Zebras fed it into a giant shredder.
Thanks to an infusion of high-profile transfers and the return of a trio of hustling contributors from the 2014-15 campaign, the near-future looks bright for the Zebras and second-year head coach Jarvis Mitchell.
“We’re still young, but we’re going to compete this year,” said Mitchell, a former star player at Fairleigh Dickinson University. “The girls are working harder and learning more. I don’t know if we’ll be an overnight success, but we should be a lot better.”
The three new additions who are expected to make the most immediate impact for Wayne are freshman Jeanae Terry, sophomore Camree Clegg, a transfer from Detroit Country Day, and junior Amara Chikwe, who transferred from Ann Arbor Huron.
“Jeanae has the kind of natural talent that makes a coach look forward to going to practice every day,” said Mitchell. “She can play point guard or shooting guard, and play them both well. She’s only a freshman, so she’s going to make some freshman mistakes, but she’s going to be really, really good.
“Camree can do everything; she’s already had four Division 1 offers. Along with being an absolute talent, she works as hard as anybody I’ve ever coached. She does something just about every day in practice that is exciting.
“Amara is a six-footer who has the ability to achieve the first triple-double at Wayne. She runs, jumps and shoots extremely well.”
The starting line-up is expected to be filled out by freshman forward Lichail Gaines and senior captain Haley Scott, who is the team’s lone returning starter.
“Haley is a leader; she’s not afraid to do whatever it takes to make the team better,” said Mitchell.
Among the key reserves for the Zebras are sophomore Victoria Scott, the sister of Haley, who give the team instant offense off the bench at the two-guard position; and junior Adrianna Gonzales, who can play either guard position smoothly.