Women’s Basketball Announces 2016 Class

LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball head coach Garry Brodhead announced Thursday the signing of five student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent to join the program beginning with the 2016-17 academic year.

This year's group of signees is comprised of Louisiana natives Jasmine Thomas (North Caddo HS), Danyale Baylonne (Pineville HS), Brittney Myles (Fair Park HS) and Kimberly Burton (Red River HS) and Austin, Texas native Troi Swain (McNeil HS).

"The recruiting class we are bringing in is not only a group of talented athletes, but quality young ladies and student-athletes that will fit into our system," Brodhead said. "They are quick, and are defensively and offensively-minded players. We are bringing in some size with [Brittney] Myles and the other four fit perfectly with what we will lose from our senior class this upcoming season."

Thomas is a 5-foot-7 point guard and a four-year varsity starter from North Caddo High School. While under Coach Angela Channell and Rickey Evans at North Caddo, she averaged 20 points, five assists, and three rebounds per game. A two-time state champion (2014, 2015), Thomas was the 2015 Class 2A State MVP and was also named the district MVP in 2012. She competed in national showcase basketball with the Louisiana Lightning under coach Kenny Carswell.

Bayonne, a 5-foot-9 guard from Pineville High School, averaged 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals per game for the Rebels under head coach Tiffany Edmondson. Bayonne is a two-time Class 5A All-State player, two-time First Team All-Central Louisiana, and was also named First Team All District 2-5A. Bayonne competed in national showcase basketball with the Louisiana Select under Coach Kenneth Lee.

Myles is a 6-foot-3 forward hailing from Fair Park High School. Playing under head coach Cherise Sims, Myles is a two-year varsity starter, producing averages of 12 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks a game. Myles was an honorable mention selection for the Class 4A All-State Second Team, while earning first team accolades in District 1-4A. Myles competed nationally in showcase basketball with the Louisiana Lightning under the watch of head coach Kenny Carswell.

Burton a native of Coushatta, La., is a 5-foot-11 guard/forward for the Bulldogs of Red River High School. In 2015, she was an honorable mention choice on the Class 2A All-State Team and earned First Team All-Area and All-District honors. Burton also competed nationally in showcase basketball with the Louisiana Lightning coached by Carswell.

Swain, a sophomore transfer at Trinity Valley who began her collegiate career at UT Rio Grande Valley, is a combo guard from Austin, Texas. A four-year starter on the varsity team at McNeil High, Swain was a four-time All-District First-Team member and left her mark as the second all-time leading scorer in school history. She holds 12 school records in addition to being named McNeil High School Team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in each of her first three years.

During the 2014 season, Swain was a Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) All-Star Game selection. TABC also tabbed her to the All-Region Team, and was a Region II 5A selection. Her athletic achievements became recognized across the Lone Star State, as she earned American Statesman First Team All-Central Texas and garnered a spot on the Austin Community Newspapers All-Central Texas Girls Basketball Team. She was also an academic all-district team 16-5A member and was nominated to the McDonalds All-American Game.

"All five of these kids fill our needs for the future of our program," Brodhead said. "I think all of them have had great high school and AAU careers. We have been able to watch these kids over the years and we know this is one of the best signing classes since we have been here.

"Our goal is always to upgrade with each signing class, and signing Louisiana kids is also something we feel is important to continue in building our program."


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