Cougars Add Two Freshman Guards to 2016-17 Roster
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston women’s basketball team added two new guards to the roster, announcing Cailin Dorsey and Dairelle Heath as the newest additions.
Dorsey, a 5-11 shooting guard out of Raleigh, N.C., played her high school ball at 3A institution Ravenscroft, under head coach Shon Hardy. There, she helped lead the Ravens to three TISAC conference championships by way of 1205 career points, and a 15 point, five rebound, three assist average as a senior. Dorsey earned a pile of individual accolades, including three TISAC All-Conference selections, two NCISAA All-State nods, and as a senior, both the Ravenscroft Female Athlete of the Year award as well as the TISAC Conference Player of the Year honor.
After high school, Dorsey spent the 2015-16 season playing post-graduate ball at New Hampshire’s New Hampton School under Freddy Pethus. There, she earned All-Conference recognition in addition to making the NEPSAC All-Star Team and the Golden Tilton Post-Graduate Award.
A multi-sport athlete, Dorsey also achieved great success in Lacrosse in high school, where she earned All-State honors and helped lead the Ravens to a NCISAA State Championship. A winner both athletically and academically, Dorsey comes to the College sporting a 4.0 GPA.
“Cailin’s a lot of fun to watch,” head coach Candice M. Jackson said. “At six feet tall, she’s taller than most at that guard spot. She’s a pure shooter with a quick release who’s able to catch and shoot. She has a great mindset with a very high IQ, and we look forward to being able to use her off the ball.”
Joining Dorsey is walk-on guard Dairelle “Dee” Heath, a 5’8” guard out of nearby Hanahan, S.C. Heath spent three years at Northwood Academy and another year at Hanahan High School. An outside scoring force, Heath sunk 70 three-pointers in her senior season at a 38% clip, adding 3.1 steals and 6.8 rebounds while shooting 79% from the charity stripe. Heath earned a medley of accolades in her high school career, including multiple All-Region and All-Tournament selections, as well as a most improved award in her junior year.
During her three years playing high school ball under head coach Presley Singleton, Heath’s teams went a jaw-dropping 82-15, headlined by a 28-3 senior campaign. She would help lead her teams to a pair of state championships in 2015 and 2016. Not only that, Heath was a multi-sport athlete, also suiting up for her school’s volleyball team.
“Dee brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm, as well as athleticism,” Jackson said. “She’s a springy guard who’s a great flasher and gives us a pretty good outside shot. For her size, she’s a pretty good rebounder which is something that we need from the guard position.”
The two will join a recruiting class at CofC that already includes Baileigh Larson and Deja Ford. Larson, a post player out of Orange Park, Fla., will give the Cougars a jolt in the paint after the departures of seniors Jackie Luna-Castro and Kelsey Booth. Ford meanwhile, comes to the College out of White Plains, Md. with similar strengths to Dorsey, having averaged 15.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.2 threes and 2.5 steals in her junior year. In addition, the Cougars brought in center Bri Boyd last season, a transfer from Winthrop who will be able to suit up for CofC for the first time this season.
“Obviously, we’re excited about having a lot more depth,” Jackson said. “Boyd and Larson bring a level of physicality and a back-to-the-basket presence that we haven’t really had, especially with Jackie (Luna-Castro) and Kelsey (Booth) last year being so gifted at shooting the ball from the outside. That’s going to lead to a improved rebounding on both the offensive and defensive end, which will be key for us.”
“In the backcourt, Deja Ford, Cailin Dorsey and Dee Heath are all going to give us a strong scoring presence on the perimeter. I think Cailin Dorsey is going to be a specialty player for us with how well she can shoot the ball, Dee is going to attack the basket for us and pursue those offensive boards, while Deja seems like the more balanced of the three, being able to make baskets inside and out and being able to force her way to the foul line.”
The CofC women’s basketball season will begin in early November. The schedule has yet to be announced.
Dairelle "Dee" Heath