May 20, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Women's Basketball Coach Joye Lee-McNelis announced the addition of Jayla King, a 6-0, guard/forward from Pensacola, Fla., for the 2014-15 season.
"We are happy to have Jayla as a part of our Lady Eagle family," McNelis said. "We recruited Jayla out of high school and believed in her abilities then, not only to be an impact on the floor, but in the classroom and community as well. I believe she learned a lot about herself over the past year, both as individual and a basketball player that will impact our program immediately. She will fit into our system on both ends of the floor with her skill set and athleticism. We are very excited to not only be adding a quality individual and basketball player, but a great all around family as well. "
King appeared in 11 games as a freshman at South Florida, scoring 15 points. She shot 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the line.
King was a four-year starter for Coach Christina Godwin at Pine Forest High School, where she was a first team all-state selection for three consecutive years. She was tabbed the Pensacola News Journal Player of the Year in 2013 while earning her team's best offensive player from 2010-2013. She also played for the Florida Girls' Basketball program and was rated by Florida Insider Report as one of the best recruits from the south. King also lettered three years in volleyball.
King will have to sit out the 2014-15 season due to the NCAA's transfer rules.
"When I was making my decision out of high school, it came down to South Florida and Southern Miss," King said. "USM was always high on my list and when I visited again for the second time I realized it was for me. Coach Jordan Dupuy and the entire coaching staff made me feel right at home and that this would be my family away from home. I love their style of play, they have my major, and it was truly an all-around great atmosphere."