CHARLESTON, S.C.—Charleston Southern and Women's Basketball Head Coach Fred Applin announced the addition of guard Kailya Jackson to the Bucs' 2017 recruiting class on Friday.
Jackson signs to CSU by way of P.K. Yonge High School in Gainesville, Florida, where she averaged 10 points and four rebounds per game. She was selected as the 2017 All-Area Basketball Player of the Year and 2016 Gainesville Athlete of the Year.
"Kailya is an outstanding person both on and off the court," said Applin. "She has played a high level of basketball for several years, but it is her character and competitive drive that makes her even more special."
Jackson recently finished an outstanding prep career for the Blue Wave that stretched from her time as a middle schooler. She began her varsity career for coach Willie Powers in the seventh grade when she was a member of their 2011-12 State Championship team. In the following five years, Kailya helped lead them to a District Title and Regional Final appearance (Elite Eight) every season. She finished her career there with 1,032 points.
In her senior year, Kailya lead her team to a 24-3 overall record, averaging 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals per game on her way to being named the Gainesville Little School Player of the Year. Along the way, she also earned First Team All-Gainesville Area and Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) Player of the Year honors. Jackson was also voted into the FACA North-South Senior All-Star Game. Her athletic ability also translated off the court as she competed as a star member of the PKYHS Track team.
"Our coaches have done another great job in identifying young women who can come in, fit into our culture and make an impact while also continuing to develop their skills as college players and grow as students and citizens at Charleston Southern University," Applin added.
Jackson is the fourth commitment to the CSU class of 2017-18 joining Cailah Hicklin, Skyler Hatfield, and Kelsie Ruff-Mills, who signed during the fall early signing period.
The Buccaneers are coming off of one of the best seasons in program history this past year with CSU setting several school records including wins (18) and conference wins (12). The program's success included an appearance in the 2017 Big South Conference Championships semifinal round, as well as the program's third berth in the Women's Basketball Invitational postseason tournament.