COLLEGE STATION- Texas A&M’s women’s basketball team announced the signing of junior college All-American Shlonte Allen (Arcadia, La.) on Thursday. Allen was a two-time All-American at Trinity Valley Community College (Athens, Texas), and rated as high as the No. 2 junior college recruit in the nation.
“We value players who can do more than one thing exceptionally well,” said Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair. “Shlonte is a versatile player, who can play three positions on the perimeter.”
“We feel like she is similar to a lot of our players who have had success at Texas A&M,” said Blair. “She is one more person who will make us very competitive in the SEC and national stages. Amy Wright, and our entire coaching staff, did a great job recruiting her.”
All-Star Girls Report rated Allen as the top guard from the junior college ranks and the No. 2 junior college player in the 2014 recruiting class.
Allen helped Trinity Valley to their seventh and eighth NJCAA National Championships in 2012-13 and 2013-14, and was named to the All-NJCAA Tournament Team in 2013.
She broke a 26-year old Trinity Valley single-game scoring record by recording 52 points against Panola on Feb. 19, 2014. The record was previously set by Portia Hill in 1988, who went on to play for Gary Blair at Stephen F. Austin. The scoring outburst earned her NJCAA Player of the Week honors.
Allen was named an NJCAA Second Team All-American in 2012-13 after averaging 15.8 points and 5.7 rebounds for the national champions. She improved scoring to 18.5 points per game, earning All-American honors for the second straight year in 2013-14.
Allen becomes the eighth junior college player to come to Texas A&M since the hiring of Gary Blair in 2003. Previous junior college signees at A&M include Danielle Adams, who was named Final Four MOP in 2011, and Tanisha Smith, a First Team All-Big 12 selection in 2010. In addition, junior college transfers Achiri Ade and Tavarsha Scott-Williams return to the roster alongside Allen in 2014-15.
Prior to Trinity Valley, Allen attended Arcadia (La.) High School, earning First Team All-Louisiana honors as a junior, alongside A&M’s Tavarsha Scott-Williams in 2010-11. Allen was named an All-Louisiana selection again as a senior in 2011-12.
Tennessee, Rutgers and Mississippi State also recruited Allen out of junior college before she committed to Texas A&M.
Allen is the cousin of Texas A&M men’s basketball player Kourtney Roberson.
Junior College Players At Texas A&M Under Blair (2003-Present)
Danielle Adams (Jefferson College) – 2009-11
- Named Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 NCAA Final Four
- Earned First Team All-America Honors in 2010-11
- Holds the Texas A&M single-season (22.3) and career (19.5) per-game scoring records
Achiri Ade (Midland JC) – 2013-Present
- Averaged 6.9 points and 6.8 rebounds as a junior last season
- Started 27 games for the Aggies, including the Elite Eight game vs. Connecticut
- Finished second in offensive rebounds in SEC games
Shlonte Allen (Trinity Valley CC) - 2014-Present
- Begins her Texas A&M career in the Fall of 2014
Charlette Castile (Paris JC) – 2003-05
- Averaged 8.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in 2004-05, helping the Aggies to the Quarterfinals of the WNIT
- Led the squad with 55 made 3-pointers in 2004-05
- Started 36 games for the Aggies in her two seasons with A&M
Erica Roy (Arkansas-Fort Smith) – 2003-06
- Averaged 7.3 points and 4.7 rebounds for the Aggies’ 2004-05 WNIT Quartefinals team
- Started 63 games in three seasons for A&M
Tavarsha Scott-Williams (Northwest Florida State College) – 2013-Present
- Averaged 2.0 points and 2.2 rebounds as a Junior last season
- Provided key offense with a 7-7 performance from the field for 14 points and nine rebounds at Vanderbilt
- Scored 10 points in her debut at North Texas
Tanisha Smith (Arkansas-Fort Smith) – 2008-10
- Named a First Team All-Conference selection in 2009-10, averaging 15.1 points as a senior
- Averaged 12.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in her two-year career with A&M
- Drafted by the Seattle Storm of the WNBA in 2010 and went on to a professional career in Finland
Lenka Zimova (College of Southern Idaho) – 2005-07
- Went on to a professional career in Switzerland
- Averaged 3.4 points in her two-year career with Texas A&M