Lady Tigers add another point guard to signing class

The LSU women’s basketball team has grabbed its second point guard in three days.

The Lady Tigers announced Friday that they’ve signed 5-foot-9 junior college All-American DaShawn Harden of Johnson County (Kan.) Community College.

Harden was named to the 2013 WBCA Junior College All-America first team after guiding Johnson County CC to a 30-2 overall record, a No. 1 national ranking in the NJCAA Division II poll and a second straight East Jayhawk Conference championship.

“DaShawn is the type of player who will make an immediate impact for our team,” LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said. “Coming from a program coached by Ben Conrad and ranked No. 1 in junior college, you can expect DaShawn to be a tough player at the guard position.”

Harden earned MVP honors of the East Jayhawk Conference after posting 14.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game as a sophomore. She ranked third in the conference in scoring, first in 3-point accuracy (43 percent), first in free-throw percentage (79.1 percent) and fourth in steals.

Harden reached double figures in 19 games, including five of 20 or more points. She averaged 22.5 points in the Region VI Tournament.

Harden, a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, Kan., played her freshman season at Oklahoma. She averaged 3.5 points and 1.8 assists per contest. Harden joined the Sooners after being ranked the No. 33 overall player for the Class of 2011 by ESPN Hoop Gurlz.

She is the second point guard to sign with LSU since the spring signing period began Wednesday.

Rina Hill, a 5-foot-8 point guard from Nagoya-Shi, Japan, also signed with the Lady Tigers.

They join a signing class that includes Raigyne Moncrief, a 5-foot-10 guard from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Jasmine Rhodes, a 5-foot-10 forward from Mobile, Ala.

Moncrief, who is attending American Heritage High School (Fla.), is ranked the No. 18 high school player in America by ESPN Hoop Gurlz. Rhodes led Faith Academy in Mobile, Ala., to a Class 5A state championship and was named Class 5A MVP in the process.

Hill was a member of the Japan U18 National Team and prepped at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.