Wiley College basketball player, Jimelliah Price is truly excited and optimistic as she is currently playing her last collegiate season of basketball for Wiley College.
Price is a graduating senior expected to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary studies this coming May. Price is 6’2 and plays the post position. She expresses how grateful she was upon coming to Wiley College from her high school, Lancaster High School in the Dallas area to play collegiate basketball. She has an incredible love for basketball as she has been playing since the age of 3 in and around her hometown of Dallas Texas. Wiley College former Women’s basketball team coach Courtney Pruitt recruited Price.
“Upon my arrival at Wiley College in 2014 I loved the squad as I was stepping into an amazing team,” Price said.
The current Women’s basketball team head coach is Coach Ashley Walker. Price expressed how important it is to learn and understand a new coach – as well as building chemistry with new players and a new team.
“I believe my season and training feels a bit more difficult now because I did not play last year,” Price said.
Only three players on the current roster played in 2014-15 – Sha’Georgia Williams, Alexis Bernstine and Kendra Carolina. With her shape and fitness rising to peak performance she expressed that the team overall is doing a great job.
“Even though we lost some games that we should have won there is still enough time”. Price said.
Her goal for the rest of this 2017 season is to keep being dominant and to positively and successfully contribute to her team and make it to the 2017 NAIA National Basketball Championship. Price’s highlight of the season was against Langston University at home where she scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
“I came out of my shell and showed that even though I didn’t play last year I can make a major comeback,” Price said.
The senior post said her favorite game was Senior Night against Louisiana State University-Shreveport on February 11. She added the team had a lot of fun avenging their previous loss to LSU-Shreveport. Price said she would like to be remembered by her teammates as the big girl that dominated the conference from start to finish. After graduating, Price plans to still be connected to the sports she loves by being certified to become a basketball coach.
“Jimelliah brings a dominant inside presence on the offense as well as on the defensive end as well,” said head coach Ashley Walker.
Walker expects Price to be a dominant presence that she knows she can be for the rest of the season.
“Her maturity from the fall to the spring has grown immensely,” Walker said.