One month ago Baylor Athletics hired new Women’s Basketball head coach Nikki Collen away from her former role of the same title with the Atlanta Dream and today, Collen signed her first athlete—Oklahoma State All-Big 12 G Ja’Mee Asberry. When Collen was hired to fill Kim Mulkey’s position at Baylor, I wrote “Collen’s hiring came out of left field for many avid Baylor fans who would’ve had WBB favorites like Molly Miller of Grand Canyon University or Adia Barnes of Arizona on their wishlists. But although those current NCAA coaches didn’t ultimately become the new Lady Bears head coach, Collen is bringing with her to Waco an incredible amount of professional knowledge beneficial to all of the student athletes she’ll mentor. Prior to her three years with the Dream, Collen coached two years under head coach Curt Miller of the Connecticut Sun—her other professional role after leading collegiate players. According to Baylor Athletics’ Jerry Hill (papa), “She spent two seasons as an assistant at Colorado State from 2000-2002, one season at Ball State from 2002-2003, one at Louisville from 2003-2004, three at Arkansas from 2011-2014 and two at Florida Gulf Coast from 2014-2016.” Collen’s combined team records in the NCAA were 214-74 or a 74.3% winning percentage.” The announcement of Asberry joining the team is exciting considering the Lady Bears lost several players to transfers (Mulkey took a few with her to LSU) or the WNBA including impactful Gs Moon Ursin, DiDi Richards, and DiJonai Carrington. Asberry comes to Baylor with two seasons of eligibility left as a redshirt junior. In her most recent season with the Cowgirls, Asberry “ranked second in the Big 12 in both 3-point field goal percentage and 3-pointers made while ranking 11th in the league in scoring.” She shot 41.9% (78-186) of her 3s and recorded a career-high 17 points per game. In the previous year as a sophomore, Asberry notched 6.8 points per game and nailed 30 3s. As a redshirt freshman, she averaged 6.5 points per game and hit 31 3 pointers. Asberry brings great skill and experience to the Lady Bears and they’re lucky to add another impact player to the team!