USC Women Bring Drew Edelman & Courtney Jaco To Troy
Nov. 14, 2012
The USC women's basketball team welcomes two acclaimed players to the roster for 2013-14 with the signing of Drew Edelman and Courtney Jaco to national letters of intent today. Head coach Michael Cooper is eager to add the two California talents to his crew for next season, as the pair offers up a well-balanced skill set for the Women of Troy.
A 6-4 post player, Drew Edelman hails from Atherton, Calif., as a standout player from Menlo School under coach John Paye. Ranked No. 41 in the nation at her position, Edelman played club for East Bay Xplosion under coach Mark Anger.
"Drew is a physical low block presence that we were searching for to add to our Trojan Family," Cooper said of Edelman. "She is a great defender who will provide a great paint presence for us and make it very difficult for opponents to get to the rim. Offensively she has great hands, which gives her the ability to score at the rim with both hands. She runs the floor hard and is a great rebounder. In addition to all of this, she is an exceptional student, and a wonderful person who we are so proud to welcome to the Trojan Family!"
While Edelman controls the paint, Courtney Jaco will be called on to take charge in the back court. A 5-8 guard from Compton, Calif. who ranks No. 44 in the nation at her position, Jaco played at Windward School for coach Vanessa Nygaard and club for Elbert Kinnebrew's Cal Sparks team.
"Courtney is a player who we wanted from the moment we first saw her," Cooper said of Jaco. "She is a pure shooter with exceptional range and has the uncanny ability to get open and make big shots in big games. She is an exceptional leader on the floor, very quick and has a great understanding of the game. Courtney is a local kid who has excelled in the classroom, has been involved in high quality winning programs at every level, and is a great fit for the Trojan Family and the USC community."
Edelman and Jaco are all set to hit the floor for the Women of Troy next year. Stay tuned!