signing day

Carthage’s Deniecia “Woo Woo” Jenkins signs a national letter of intent to play college basketball at Tyler Junior College on Wednesday in the Carthage High School Bulldog Room. Pictured with Jenkins are stepfather Kamarious Pope, Jenkins and mother Talova Traylor. Back row is Tyler coach Trenia Tillis Hoard and CHS coach Kevin Smith.

Carthage guard Deniecia “Woo Woo” Jenkins will take her talents on the road but keep them close enough where local fans can keep up with the hoops star.

Jenkins signed a national letter of intent to play for Tyler Junior College Wednesday in the Carthage High School Bulldog Room.

“She’s a quick athlete, who loves the game and can take care of the ball well,” TJC Head Coach Trenia Tillis Hoard said. “We’re always excited to give area kids the chance to play at the next level. She gelled real well with our players.

“If she puts in the work, she’s going to have the opportunity to get playing time. We’ll plant the seed and give her the opportunity to grow to her potential.”

The Apaches were 29-6 last year and advanced to the national tournament.

Jenkins averaged 14 points and 3.0 assists per game for the Lady Bulldogs and was a first-team All-District selection.

“They’re getting a great player,” Carthage Head Coach Kevin Smith said of Jenkins. “She can fit into anything they want to do. She can shoot the 3, and if that’s not falling, she can drive to the basket. She’s good at creating her own shot and assisting on shots for her teammates.

“She brings a lot of positive joy and excitement to the court and a lot of challenges. It won’t be the same without her.”