Commit to MSU

The Mississippi State women's basketball team has picked up two more verbal commitments from Southeastern Illinois College's Rima Kalonda (6-3, 186) and Armelie Lumanu (5-9, 140). Chanel Mokango (6-4.5, 155), a teammate of theirs, committed to MSU a couple of weeks ago.

"They committed to Mississippi State last Friday," said SIC head coach Franqua Bedell, referring to Rima Kalonda and Armelie Lumanu.

Both young ladies are being recruited by newly hired assistant coach Greg Franklin, the former head coach at Southeastern Illinois College.

Coach Bedell explained why they chose Mississippi State.

"They are very excited to play for Coach G (Greg Franklin) next year and they feel they have a good chance to step right in and play right away," he noted.

According to Coach Bedell, LSU also recruited all three ladies very hard, along with other schools such as Texas A&M, Rutgers, Florida, Miami, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, VCU and Middle Tennesse State.

Coach Bedell, whose team is currently ranked 7th in the nation in the latest pre-season polls, feels both girls will have a huge impact on the MSU team due to their outstanding athletic ability.

"Armelie is one of the most athletic players that I've ever coached," said Bedell. "She has a 7th and 8th gear and her leaping ability is great. When you watch her play it's like watching a video game. She already has the athleticism of an SEC guard. And her shooting ability is getting better. In our first two scrimmages she was 5-of-6 and 4-of-5 from the three-point range."

As for Rima Kalonda, Coach Bedell said, "Rima's leaping ability is out of this world. She's strong and thick and and her body is cut up like Terrell Owens. She's so strong it's hard to move her in the post. She can be a strong defensive player."

Coach Bedell is excited for all three young ladies as well as for Mississippi State.

"Mississippi State is getting three good kids and three real good students," said Bedell, referring to Kalonda and Lumanu as well as Chanel Mokango (projected to be among the top 5 juco players in the nation this year).

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