Jakia Harper

Pearl River’s Jakia Harper signs with Tougaloo College

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — A fourth Pearl River women’s basketball standout from the 2019-20 squad is headed to the next level.

Sophomore Jakia Harper (Jackson; Provine) recently signed with Tougaloo College, PRCC coach Scotty Fletcher announced Monday.

Harper joins an out-going class that already consists of South Carolina State signee Shania Wright (Clinton), McNeese State signee Mychala “Pooh” Linzy (Clinton) and Delta State-bound Alanna Smith (Picayune).

“Jakia Harper is a special person on and off the basketball court,” Fletcher said. “I first saw Jakia play her sophomore year when we were recruiting Elexis Peyton. Everything about her fit what we were trying to do in terms of establishing a strong foundation and culture within our program early on.

“Jakia was a fierce competitor and was always a leader and embodied everything our institution and program stood for.”

Fletcher said the Bulldogs are getting a winner.

“Tougaloo is getting someone who is going to make a profound impact on their campus and community as she did while here at The River,” he said. “Jakia has one of the best basketball IQ’s I have witnessed, and I have no reservations she will make a great coach when her time is up as a student athlete.”

ABOUT JAKIA HARPER

The 5-foot-5 guard scored 338 points in her Wildcat career. As a freshman in 2018-19, Harper appeared in 25 games, making 14 starts as the Wildcats qualified for both the MACJC and Region XXIII tournaments. Harper averaged 8.5 points per game and also pulled in 2.5 rebounds with 1.2 assists.

This season, Harper helped PRCC make it back to the MACJC Tournament, scoring 5.3 points per game. She also averaged 2.2 rebounds. Harper scored in all 24 games she appeared in and finished her JUCO career with a 31-18 overall record.

NEXT-LEVEL WILDCATS

Harper, Wright, Smith and Linzy join a crew of Wildcats who have moved on to four-year schools under Fletcher's guidance, including Gabby Brown (East Tennessee State), Elexis Peyton (Jackson State), Cortia Blackmon (William Carey), Rehema Franklin (New Orleans), Kyla Malone (New Orleans), Tariah Mouton (William Carey), Charisma Walker (Alcorn State), Destiny Williams (William Carey) and Tyasia Willis (Bethel University).

LOOKING BACK

The Wildcats continued to make progress under Fletcher's leadership in 2019-20, finishing with a 15-9 overall record and 8-6 record in the MACJC. PRCC also qualified for the MACJC Tournament for the second straight year.

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