(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans head women’s basketball coach Kellie Kennedy announced the additions of Kylah Jones and Meghan Temple to the 2013 signing class.
Kylah Jones joins the Wolf Pack from Westfield High School in Houston, Texas. She is the daughter of Condrige and Marquita Jones and has two younger brothers named Shawn and Quentin. She tallied more than 1200 points, 300 assists, 300 rebounds, and 400 steals in her high school career. Her senior year, she averaged 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, and four steals per game.
Jones was a four year all-district player in basketball and three year team MVP. She was named a 2013 Greater Houston GBA All-Star. In addition to being a four year letterman in basketball, she earned three letters in volleyball. Jones was named all-district in volleyball all three years she played. The natural point guard’s passing instincts helped her in volleyball as she set her high school’s record for volleyball assists. She also played for the Houston Fastbreakers AAU team.
Jones also embodies the Loyola spirit off the court as she earned All-Academic team honors in high school and spent numerous hours volunteering. She volunteered at the Park Manor Nursing Home, the Houston Food bank, and Dig Pink which is a Side Out Cancer Foundation.
“Kylah is a great athlete with a tremendous work ethic. She is going to give us needed speed and the ability to defend. She can distribute and score. Kylah is a great student and really embodies the Jesuit spirit of Loyola by giving back so much during her free time. I can’t wait to get her on campus,” said coach Kennedy.
Meghan Temple comes to the Pack from Klein High School. Temple grew up in New Orleans, before moving to Houston in 2001. She is the daughter of Elisa Temple and Purnell Harvey, and has one brother, Taylor Harvey. Temple is a 6-1 post player who averaged 11.93 points and 8.83 rebounds per game during her senior year. She is also a force defensively as she averaged 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks per contest.
Temple earned second team All-District honors in both her sophomore and junior seasons before earning first team honors this past season. She played varsity basketball for three seasons and was the co-captain for her junior and senior seasons.
Temple played for Lady Sparks and Houston Fastbreakers AAU teams where she was coached by Kelvin Hampton and Eric Gray, respectively.
Temple is also a member of the women's track and field team. She was named MVP after her junior and senior seasons. She qualified for the UIL State Championships in 2012 and 2013. She also had been a member of the choir for four years and spends time tutoring.
Meghan is the cousin of Garrett Temple, a shooting guard with the Washington Wizards.
“Meghan's success comes from the fact that her work ethic is coupled with the most extreme level of commitment and responsibility. After a workout, and after open gym, Meghan can still be found in the gym putting in an extra 45 minutes of shooting. She is willing to outwork people around her. She is also committed to excellence. After each game, she sets her mind to correct mistakes, learn from the game, and challenge her performance. She is like having another assistant coach,” said her high school coach Jackie Edwards.
“Meghan is a great addition to the Wolf Pack, she is strong in the post and is very active defensively. She is a great athlete and will be able to score and rebound,as well as giving us some much needed size. Meghan will have the opportunity to contribute immediately and we’re very glad she chose to attend Loyola,” said coach Kennedy.
Jones chose Loyola over University of Central Arkansas, University of Incarnate Word, Long Island University-Brooklyn, and Dominican University of California.
Temple also picked the Pack over University of Central Arkansas, in addition to Houston Baptist University and University of New Orleans.
Jones and Temple join the 2013 Wolf Pack recruit class which already includes Jackie Anderson and Caroline Gonzalez.