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RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball head coach Chrissy Roberts announced the signing of Arkansas State transfer Jalen O’Bannon on Monday.
O’Bannon – a 6-1 forward from Memphis, Tenn. – will have to sit out the 2014-15 season due to transfer rules. She will be a junior in 2015-16.
“We are very excited to add a talented player like Jalen,” Roberts said. “She has played two years of high-level, Division I basketball and that experience will make her an instant-impact forward for us beginning in 2015-16.”
O’Bannon was a force inside for Arkansas State last season, averaging 10.4 points-per-game and grabbing a team-best 6.6 rebounds-per-game. She led the team with six double-doubles, including the first of her career in a 20-point, 12-rebound performance versus Illinois on Nov. 23. She pulled down a career-high 17 boards in a game against conference foe Troy on Jan. 8.
Her performance as a sophomore earned O’Bannon fourth-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors from CollegeSportsMadness.com and helped lead the Red Wolves to a 22-12 record and a berth in the WNIT.
As a freshman, O’Bannon averaged 9.1 points-per-game and 3.9 rebounds-per-game for A-State. She poured in a career-high 23 points in a game at Troy that season.
O’Bannon played her prep hoops at Memphis Central High School, where she helped the Lady Warriors go 49-1 during her four years there.
O’Bannon joins an EKU team that reached the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament last season for the first time since 2005. The Lady Colonels are expected to return three starters from a squad that finished 17-13, including junior Shelly Harper who led the team in rebounding (6.2 rebounds-per-game) and was second in scoring (10.4 points-per-game).