"We are delighted to have Dee Dee join our Scarlet Knight family," Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer said. "She is an outstanding guard who has the ability to penetrate and kick out, as well as shoot the outside jumper.
"Dee Dee [DelaQuese Jernigan] is extremely quick, and she possesses a natural feel for the game. She is just a very special person, and we are anxious and excited to have her join us here at Rutgers."
Jernigan, a 5-11 guard from East Chicago High School, entered her senior season ranked 10th by the All Star Girls Report, 19th by Blue Star and 21st by Full Court Press on the groups' national recruit ranking lists. She played in the 2006 McDonald's and Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) High School All-America Games and earned a spot on the Parade All-America Third Team following her senior campaign. A 2005-2006 Street & Smith's Preseason All-American, Jernigan played at the 2005 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival, averaging 5.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest.
A four-time selection to the Northwest Indiana Times All-Area First Team, Jernigan averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists per game as a junior, earning honorable-mention All-America status from Street & Smith's, acknowledgement as an Indiana Junior All-Star and the Most Valuable Player award at the prestigious Hall of Fame Classic in New Castle, IN. An attendee at the 2005 Nike Skills Academy, she was twice selected to the Associated Press All-State Team (2005-2006). Jernigan played one season with The Family AAU team in Indianapolis, winning the Nike Nationals, Nike Cup, Fishers Field House Junior Nationals and the Bayou National Girls Invitational, while placing second at the AAU Junior Nationals.
Four student-athletes – Rashidat Junaid (Atco, NJ), Myia McCurdy (Cincinnati, OH), Epiphanny Prince (New York, NY) and Brittany Ray (Bronx, NY) – signed letters of intent with Rutgers during the early signing period in November of 2005. That four-member recruiting class was ranked second nationally by Blue Star.
No. 9/9 Rutgers posted a 27-5 overall record this past season, advancing to the regional semifinals of the 2006 NCAA Tournament. The Scarlet Knights compiled a perfect 16-0 mark in BIG EAST Conference regular-season play to win their second straight outright BIG EAST regular-season crown.