MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball coach Kevin McMillan has announced the signing of three players to basketball scholarships. The three players include Macy Wright from Union City; DaiJia Ruffin from Louisville, Ky.; and Jese Vinson from Dover.
“I think this class addresses many of our needs as we lose Heather Butler, Jasmine Newsome and Megan White,” began McMillan. “They provide some depth at several positions, along with leadership and are kids that can buy into what our program is all about.”
Wright is a 5-6 guard from Three Rivers Community College where she is currently in her sophomore season for the Raiders under head coach Jeff Walk. While playing for the Raiders, Wright averaged 12.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game as a freshman. She scored 20 points or more in six contests last season, including a career-high 24 points vs. Dyersburg State.
A Union City native, Wright prepped at Obion County Central under head coach Lyle LaRue where she scored 1,722 career points. As a high school senior, she averaged 15.5 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals a game.
“Macy brings experience at a position in which we are losing two All-Americans,” said McMillan. “She’s a local west Tennessee girl who knows what this state can produce in the terms of basketball. She has the ability to control the game at both ends of the floor. The best part about her though is her competitiveness and that she’s a winner.”
Ruffin is a 5-7 wing/forward combo who has deceptive quickness and size. A Louisville, Ky. native, Ruffin prepped at Sacred Heart Academy for head coach Donna Moir. Ruffin averaged 20.8 points and 10.4 rebounds and shot 60.7 percent from the floor as a junior, helping Sacred Heart to the Seventh Region Tournament semifinals.
As a junior she was named to numerous postseason lists and all-star games including stops in the Kentucky Junior All-Stars game. She tallied 30 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the 27th District Tournament championship game.
“Ruffin is a deceptive player that can play one of four position, ranging anywhere from point guard to forward,” McMillan continued. “She has the ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor with her passing ability, scoring ability and is just a fierce competitor that hates to lose. She’s the type of player that we could plug into a lot of places.”
Vinson is 5-8 guard from Dover, Tenn. where she prepped for head coach Gilbert Harper at Stewart County. Vinson was named the team’s most valuable player after being the team’s leader in rebounds and assists. She scored 10.4 points per game and tallied a career-high 24 points against Trigg County as a junior.
“We think Jese is a diamond,” began McMillan. “She has never played travel ball but we think her athletic ability, which is outstanding and her work ethic, tell us that she can improve to be a very, very good basketball player.”
McMillan and the Skyhawks have won four Ohio Valley Conference championships in the last three seasons, including a trio of OVC Tournament titles. The Skyhawks have made an appearance in each of the past three NCAA Tournaments, the lone tournament appearances in program history.