Jean Best Signs With Lady Pirates

East Carolina University head women’s basketball coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener announced today that Jean Best has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Lady Pirates beginning in the 2008-09 season.

Best, a 6-5 center, comes to ECU from Beddingfield High School in Wilson, N.C. She averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds last season under head coach Debra Pegram, earning her Eastern Carolina Conference Player of the Year honors. As a sophomore, she averaged 14 points and eight rebounds, leading her team to a 30-0 record and the 3A State Title. She earned all-conference honors and was named the Eddie Summerlin MVP at the Wilson Daily Times Eastern Carolina Classic. Best was also named team MVP her sophomore season. As a freshman, she was voted Rookie of the Year at Beddingfield High and was named all-conference honorable mention. Best, who is the 285th best player in the country as ranked by the All-Star Girls Report, chose East Carolina over Old Dominion University.

”Jean gives us another big presence inside,” Baldwin-Tener explained. “She has great size and great hands with a nice touch around the basket. She plays for a great high school coach in Debra Pegram and comes from a winning program. We are very excited we were able to keep a local talent home.”

“Jean is a very aggressive post player that is a great sign for East Carolina,” said Brett McCormick of the All-Star Girls Report. “She should be able to contribute immediately and has a chance to be an impact player for ECU.”