-University of Memphis
MEMPHIS – The University of Memphis women’s basketball team announced the signing of two players as part of the National Letter of Intent early signing period, Wednesday. Memphis will gain the services of 6-1 combo guard Taylor Williams out of Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City (Kansas) and 6-2 forward Brandi Goodman, out of Obion County Central High School in Union City, Tenn.
Williams will join the backcourt at Memphis as a combo guard. At Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City, she already ranks in the top five in school history in scoring with 820 points, adding 410 rebounds. As a junior, she averaged 13.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and two assists a game while playing for her dad, Carlos Williams. A starter on the varsity team since an eighth grader, Williams is a four-time first team all-conference honoree in Kaw Valley.
“Taylor Williams is a big wing player that can stretch the defense with her outside shooting,” Memphis head coach Melissa McFerrin said. “She plays point guard for her high school team, which will allow her to be a strong secondary ball handler for us at the college level. Her length will be a great asset on the perimeter, allowing her to play our style of defense.”
Williams plays club basketball with the KC Select team coached by Earnest Jones. The daughter of Dena & Carlos Williams, Jr., she sports a 4.53 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society and also volunteers at several hospitals in the Kansas City area. She also considered Davidson, Denver, Oklahoma State, UTEP and Wichita State.
Goodman is a 6-2 forward who has played at Obion County Central High School under coach Lyle LaRue. She was an all-state honoree as a junior and helped her Lady Rebels team to the Class 2A state championship game. She was also named the All-District 13 AA MVP, along with being named to the all-region 7AA regular season and all-tournament teams. She was also all district and all-state in each of the last two seasons. With Goodman on the roster, Obion County Central has compiled a three year record of 94-14, setting school records for wins in each of the last two seasons, including a 35-3 record last season. She enters her senior campaign with 1,441 points and 1,270 rebounds. She averaged a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds a game last year, to go with three blocks a night.
“In Brandi Goodman, I think we are getting a post player that can play both post positions. She has range out to the three-point line that will allow us to play her both on the low block and on the perimeter,” McFerrin said. “She is an accomplished rebounder and has an opportunity to finish her senior season as the state’s all-time leading career rebounder if she stays on the same pace as last season (a record currently held by former Collierville HS and Tennessee star Nikki McCray with 1,720 rebounds according to http://www.tssaa.org/schdir/records/GetRecord.cfm). On top of that, she is another player from West Tennessee (joining Jackson’s Ann Jones on the roster).”
The daughter of Debi and Tony Goodman, she also played club basketball with the same KC Select team as Williams. She also considered Michigan and South Carolina.
“Brandi and Taylor were AAU teammates and know each other well,” McFerrin said. “Together, they make up our first recruiting class as we head to the BIG EAST. We are excited to welcome them both to Memphis.”