- Chikira Goodman averaged almost 37 points a game
- Her mother is Hampton's all-time leading rebounder
- Interim men's coach about to sign a permanent contract
The top high school girls scorer in the nation is coming to Hampton University, where she'll follow in her mother's footsteps.
Chikilra Goodman, a 5-foot-9 guard who averaged 36.6 points per game for Bodine High in Philadelphia, has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Pirates next season.
Lady Pirates coach David Six, who led HU to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship last year in his first season at the helm, was tipped off to Goodman by an HU alumn who emailed him an impressive YouTube video highlight package. Upon further investigation, Six discovered that Chikilra's mother, Tondalaya, is Hampton's all-time leading rebounder with 1,608, and is tied for 10th in all-time points with 1,253.
"I think her mom was pulling for her (to choose Hampton), but her mom made it clear that it was her decision," Six said.
Six has signed three other recruits, including 6-foot-3, 250-pound center Sherena Abercrumbia out of Lon Morris College in Texas.
"The stars were in alignment last year" in his team's MEAC championship run, Six said. "Things fell into place. But you have to be honest with yourself and say we did have some weaknesses. A lot of them. And you need to try your best to shore up those weaknesses, either by recruiting or skill development."
Ed Joyner has signed two recruits, a pair of junior college forwards in Danny Agbelese (6-8, out of Collin (Texas) Community College) and Orin O'Bryant (6-11, Palm Beach Community College). And just as importantly, he's just about to sign a contract.
Joyner worked last year, his first as head coach, under an interim title, but said he is finalizing the details of a new deal with Hampton athletic director Lonza Hardy and school president William Harvey.
"I will be here next year," Joyner said. "If nothing else, I'll be here next year."
Read more about the Goodman family connection to HU in Sunday's Daily Press.
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