Nov. 29, 2012
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Two guards have signed National Letters of Intent to join the UCF women's basketball program, head coach Joi Williams announced Thursday. Zykira Lewis of Bartow High School and Aneesa Watson of Fayette County High (Ga.) will compete for the Knights next fall when the program joins the BIG EAST Conference.
"One of the things we tried to focus on in our recruiting was getting more size and athleticism on the perimeter," UCF head coach Joi Williams said. "I believe we have done that with Zy Lewis and Aneesa Watson. They'll be able to make impacts right away."
Lewis, a 5-foot-8 guard, is a two-time all-state first team selection who averaged 17.9 points as a junior and 24 points per game as a sophomore. She is a three-time Polk County First Team selection. She intends to pursue a degree in sports management.
"Zy is a really athletic guard that can score in a variety of ways," Williams said. "She is also a really aggressive and quick defender. She will definitely be a presence on both ends of the floor."
Watson is a 5-11 guard who earned first-team all-county praise and All-State 4A Honorable Mention laurels by the Georgia Sports Writers Association last season. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution dubbed her as a "Player to Watch" in November in its Class 4A preview after Watson averaged 14.7 points and 3.0 assists her junior year.
As a sophomore, she helped lead her team to a 31-5 record and the 4A state championship. She also runs cross country and is involved with the Beta Club, Key Club, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and the honor roll. She plans to study kinesiology at UCF.
"Aneesa is a long wing player that can really shoot it from the outside and give us another scoring threat from long range," Williams said. "Because of her length and aggressiveness, she can also affect things on the defensive end as well."
The Knights will join a basketball conference in 2013-14 that has won eight national titles in the last 16 years.