OLDS, ALBERTA- MAY 25, 2012 — Former NCAA Division One standouts Jylisa Williams and Crystal Johnson have committed to playing for the Olds College Broncos women’s basketball team starting this fall.
The duo comprised the starting backcourt for the Georgia State Panthers who play in the very competitive Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) which comprises schools such as George Mason University and Drexel University.
Jylisa led all freshmen in scoring in the CAA in 2008-09 and finished 4th among all players in steals. She also set a school record for steals in a game with 9. For her efforts she was named to the CAA All-Rookie team. Jylisa is a dynamic athlete who changes the game on both ends of the court with her athleticism and aggressiveness. Jylisa was a standout prep player at power house Stephenson high school, winning a state championship and being named Atlanta Metro Player of the Year. Her older brother Keith played in the CFL for the Edmonton Eskimos.
Crystal Johnson as a freshman led the CAA in assists and finished 20th in the entire NCAA in that category. She was named CAA player of the week 3 times in her freshman year. Crystal also finished 8thin steals among all CAA players. As a prep player in Florida she was named to the All-State team three times. She is an outstanding point guard who can change a game with scoring, passing or defense.
Academics and a coaching change led to them leaving Georgia State. Since that time Crystal has been working full-time saving money for a return to school and Jylisa joined the U.S. Army. Both are now ready for a return to school and basketball. “I love their maturity. They are both at a point where they want to do things over,” explains Reg Carrick, Head Coach of Olds College’s ACAC women’s basketball team. Crystal adds, “Coach Carrick talked a lot about coming there [Olds] and changing the culture and leaving a legacy!”
Coach Carrick credits current and former assistants along with the Olds College Administration. “Levar Willis was my Assistant at Brandon and West Virginia Tech and he started the ball rolling. Jen Donofrio ran point on their recruiting but at the end of the day the administration made the resources available to sign them.” Both Crystal and Jylisa agree that “winning a championship” is what they are most looking forward to. Olds College begins play in the ACAC and CCAA this fall in basketball.
Reg Carrick | Athletics Programmer & Head Coach Women’s Basketball – ACAC
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