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(New Orleans) Lady Bleu Devils head basketball coach Norbert Rome announced that his squad signed two athletes from University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge. Incoming freshman Destiny Ephrom and Chelsea Verrett of U-High will join the Lady Bleu Devils in the fall.
"We are super excited to have Destiny here at Dillard University," said Rome. "She will improve our depth in the post." Ephrom helped U-High win back to back Class 3A state titles during her sophomore and junior years while earning all-state honors in the latter year, and in her senior campaign she averaged 19.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per game before suffering a knee injury, yet still managed to earn first-team all-district honors.
"Since I didn't participate in the majority of district play because I injured my knee earlier this season, I am very excited for a new start at Dillard," said Ephrom. She plans to study kinesiology and possibly pre-med at Dillard University.
Her teammate Verrett will join her on the trek from Baton Rouge to New Orleans.
"Chelsea is a tough-nosed, physical, gritty, strong, aggressive, no-nonsense player on the court," said Rome. "She has good basketball IQ." Verrett has played basketball since the tender age of seven and her hard work paid off as she was also a part of the U-High team that won back to back Class 3A state titles. Verrett played both guard and forward in high school.
"The reason I chose Dillard University is because I can learn more at a small school where faculty can focus more on students," said Verrett. "I plan to major in biology and minor in chemistry, and after college I want to go to Med. School and focus on surgical studies, primarily something dealing with trauma."
With the addition of these two-time state champions, the Lady Bleu Devils look to beef up and mentally enhance a team that finished sixth out of seven teams last season in Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular season play. The Lady Bleu Devils surprisingly have had first-round exits in the GCAC tournament in each of the past five seasons. Their last GCAC tournament win was on March 3, 2011 as Dillard defeated Edward Waters College by the score of 63-54.
"My biggest challenge is wanting to know if we gave our very best each day in order to become the best we are capable of becoming," said Rome.
The new look Lady Bleu Devils kickoff the 2016 season in November. For more information on the upcoming schedule which will soon be released, please visit the Lady Bleu Devils basketball page.