RICHMOND, Ky. – After a successful business trip to the Bahamas, Eastern Kentucky Women’s Basketball continues to prepare for the coming year as head coach Greg Todd announces the addition of six newcomers to the roster for the 2022-23 season.
EKU bolsters an already heavy roster of top class men with the addition of four NCAA Division I transfers in Danielle Rainy (Eastern Michigan), Anthony Walker (Marquette), Kiana Williams (Bethune-Cookman), and Marissa Mackins (North Florida). Colonels also welcome redshirt underclassmen Morton Abbey and Jordyn Grandberry in the program.
“We are very pleased with our signing class for the 2022-23 season,” Todd said. “We look forward to mixing our talented new faces with our experienced returns.”
Meet the Colonels
To classify: Graduate student
Hometown: washington d.c.
The last school: Eastern Michigan
Quote from Coach Todd: “Always exciting to have a player who started out in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). With her length, she’s going to be able to get to the ASUN rack area. Danielle will also be an awesome shooter and passer .”
Rainey brings a solid background at all levels of DI college basketball, having previously made stops in Eastern Michigan, Florida and Texas Christian before heading to Richmond. During the 2021-22 season at EMU, Rainey saw action in 27 games, starting 17 and averaging nearly 25 minutes per game, she led the Eagles in three points (56) and shot .816 (31 of 38) from the charity band.
Prior to her season at Ypsilanti, Danielle spent three seasons with the University of Florida and was a household name within their offense. Throughout his time as a Gator, Rainey played in 46 games with 14 starts, averaging 6.6 points per game and 2.7 rebounds per game and was a two-time member of the roster. SEC Winter Academic Honor.
In 2020-21, Rainey appeared in 24 of Florida’s 26 games, had double-digit points in seven games, led the Gators in three-pointers (37) and three-point percentage (.381). Notably, Rainey scored 13 points in a UF victory over Auburn in the SEC Tournament and knocked down a career-high six three-pointers against Kentucky (02/15/21).
During the 2019-20 season, Rainey was sidelined all year with a knee injury. She was expected to be the leading scorer back in Gainesville.
2018-19 was Rainey’s first official season for Florida, finishing the season averaging 8.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game. She appeared in 22 games, winning nine starts and had at least one three-pointer in 15 different games.
Rainey also spent a year and a half at Texas Christian University outside of his preparatory career. The 2016-17 campaign was her first year, where she played 11 games and averaged 1.7 points on the season. Rainey would then transfer to Florida after seeing no action in the fall semester, ultimately sitting out due to previous NCAA transfer rules.
During his prep career, Rainey was named a four-star prospect by Prospect Nation, a three-star prospect by ESPN, and was ranked No. 22 in his position in the nation. She led Vista Ridge (Texas) to a 34-5 record in her senior year and a semifinal appearance in the Texas Class 5A State Tournament.
To classify: R-Senior
Hometown: Lisle, Ill.
The last school: Marquette
Quote from Coach Todd: “Antwainette had a very productive season in the Grand Est last year, we are delighted to see her flourish as a Colonel. Her work ethic and leadership serve our team well. She has been our most successful player. productive this summer on our overseas trip to the Bahamas.”
Walker enters her fifth college season when she steps onto the floor for EKU this winter, spending her previous four seasons with Marquette and Arkansas-Little Rock. She appeared in 28 games during her junior season, averaging 4.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. Walker scored in double figures four times as the team finished the year in the third round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).
She helped Marquette go 24-8 in her second campaign (2020-21), averaging 2.5 points and 1.3 points on the year. Walker has scored five or more points in five games against Providence, St. John’s, Xavier, Providence (Big East Semifinals) and UCONN (Big East Championship).
Antwainette wore a red shirt during the 2019-20 season at Marquette due to previous NCAA transfer rules.
Prior to her stint as a Golden Eagle, Walker began her college career out of high school at Arkansas-Little Rock, where she appeared in all 21 games and scored a career-high 14 points against Mississippi State. .
Walker was named a three-star freshman at St. Francis High School (Illinois), where she averaged 20.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 1.4 assists per game during her senior season and was named the White Division of the Catholic League. Player of the Year.
To classify: R-Junior
Hometown: Durham, North Carolina
The last school: North Florida
Quote from Coach Todd: “Marissa is one of the smartest and most talented players I have worked with in my career. Her shooting and passing skills are second to none, we can’t wait to see her on the pitch for EKU this season. .”
Mackins arrives in Richmond after previous stops in North Florida and Temple.
As a junior at North Florida (2020-21), she started in 21 of 24 games and ranked second on the team in points per game (14.4). Mackins ranked 17th in the NCAA in three-pointers (71) and 24th in three-point percentage (.423). Had a career night against Liberty, where she scored 33 points with 8 for 13 from beyond the arch and set the UNF record in those respected categories. Recorded eight career assists against FIU and Auburn in the regular season. Mackins was voted unanimous preseason All-ASUN, earned a 2021 ASUN-All Conference First Team berth, and was ASUN Newcomer of the Week on March 8, 2021.
At Temple during the 2019-20 season, Marissa started in 24 of the team’s 30 games and scored 15 or more points in 16 games. She scored more than 20 points in six of those contests and had a season-high 28 against La Salle.
In her first season (2018-19), Mackins appeared in 29 contests and started 19. She led the Owls and finished fifth in the American Athletic Conference with 57 three-pointers. Marissa averaged 8.7 points per game, scored 23 points against Memphis and 11 points against No. 5 UCONN. She had her season-best 10 rebounds against East Carolina, had five three-pointers against Penn, eight points and two steals against No. 25 South Carolina, and scored 15 points at Ole Miss.
Mackins attended Southern Durham High School (NC) where she averaged 18.3 points and 4.8 assists per game. She won the Big 8 Co-Player of the Year award in the 2016-17 season.
To classify: R-Junior
Hometown: Columbia, Maryland
The last school: Morehead State
Quote from Coach Todd: “We look forward to Kiana’s return from injury. She will always be a first setter, with the ability to hit the ball deep. She was part of a program that was in the NCAA Tournament at Bethune-Cookman.”
Williams is a dynamic player from Columbia, Md. and has spent the past three seasons at Bethune-Cookman, Johnson C. Smith and Morehead State.
Williams has spent the past season recovering from a knee injury at Morehead State, where head coach Todd originally recruited her.
She then transferred to Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina, the 2020-21 season was ultimately canceled due to Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association policies regarding the COVID pandemic.
During the 2019-20 season, Williams played 28 games and started in 14 of those competitions, averaging 17.6 minutes on the year. She led the team in free throw percentage of .738 (31 for 42) and assists per game (3.2), sixth on the team in rebounds per game (3.5) and ranked seventh in the league. team with 4.7 points per game.
In her freshman season, she appeared in 12 games, started nine, averaging 12.1 ppg and 5.5 rpg. Williams posted double-digit scores in eight games, including doubles against Florida (14 points, 11 rebounds) and North Florida (23 points, 10 rebounds). She scored double digits in three notable games, including 14 points on eight rebounds in her first college start against FIU, 19 points against Georgia State and 16 points against nationally ranked South Florida.
Williams joined BCU at Long Reach High School (Md.) and played a key role in helping the team advance to the Maryland 3A State Finals. She reached 1,000 career points in her senior year while leading the nation in assists per game. Williams established herself as one of Maryland’s top prep players averaging 16.3 points per game that year.
To classify: R-Sophomore
Hometown: Wagga Wagga, NSW Australia
Previous team: Canberra National Championships (NBL)
Quote from Coach Todd: “Abbey is a versatile post-player who has a good track record playing in a strong league (NBL) in Australia.”
Morton joined the Colonels in Australia, where she competed on the national stage for much of her youth career. Morton was a member of Wagga Blaze for their Waratah League Championships in 2018 and 2019.
She then continued her career moving to the Australian State League, competing for the National Championships from Canberra in the 2022 season. Morton played 16 games, averaging 22.2 minutes per game. She averaged 2.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game in her only season in the NBL.
To classify: R-Freshman
Hometown: Woodbridge, Virginia.
The last school: Bishop Ireton HS
Quote from Coach Todd: “Glad to have Jordyn joining our program. We can’t wait to see her evolve into brown and white.”
Grandberry joins the 2022-23 roster from Alexandria, Va., where she was nominated for McDonald’s All-American in 2021 and received numerous Virginia High School All-State awards.
At Bishop Ireton, Grandberry was coached by Keshia Walton where she averaged 12 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game during her senior season. According to MaxPreps, Jordyn was listed as the No. 6 player in Virginia for the 2021 recruiting class.