EAST GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T women’s basketball team has added six new players who will don the Blue & Gold next season for head coach Tarrell Robinson’s championship program.
On Monday, Robinson announced Sara Aumer (6-foot-4, C, Acme, Pa., Connellsville Area HS), Zikeyah Carter-Ransom (6-5, C, Waverly Hall, Ga., Harris County HS), Sean Kelly Darks (5-8, G, Cincinnati, Ohio, Walnut Hills HS), D’Mya Tucker (5-11, G, Orangeburg, S.C., Orangeburg-Wilkinson HS), Crystal White (5-11, Chesapeake, Va., Western Branch HS) and Nina Worthey (6-1, F, North Plainfield, N.J., Roselle Catholic HS) will be the Aggie newcomers.
“I can’t explain the feeling I have when a family decides that my alma mater is the best fit for their daughters' future,” Robinson said. “I’m thankful for each of these six young women for choosing North Carolina A&T State University. Our expectations are right on course with this class. These young women will be able to come in and compete for playing time immediately. Not only are they outstanding basketball players, but they are even better people. We’re happy they chose to join our Lady Aggie Family.”
Aumer recorded 276 points and was an All-County Selection as a junior. She also was a standout for the Legendz Williams club team. The All-Star Girls Basketball Report ranked her 807th nationally. Her Collegiate Girls Basketball Report scout grade was 17.
“Sara adds depth to our frontcourt,” Robinson said. “As a post, she can shoot the mid-range jump shot, while also stepping out to shoot the three. She will be a great face-up forward in our system and force opponents to step out and guard her away from the basket.”
Carter-Ransom was a Region 1-5A second-team selection, a GACA North-South All-Star Nominee and a Supreme Court pre-season selection. In her junior season, she averaged 9.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 1.0 assists. She was also All-Bi-City honorable mention for the 2017-18 season.
“(Zikeyah) is a great addition to anchor our defense,” Robinson said. “She is very athletic and has much-needed size in the low post for us. She is a solid rebounder and a shot blocker. She will make an immediate impact for us on the defensive end.”
Darks ranks 153rd overall in the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report National Ranking. They rank her 41st at her position and they give her a scout grade of 20. She has recorded 978 career points and is the reigning ECC Player of the Year. She is a three-time All-ECC selection and a two-time first-team All-ECC honoree. Darks was All-Ohio honorable mention, second-team All-Southwest Ohio and first-team All-City. She was also a two-time All-District 16 honoree and a first-team District 16 All-Star.
“We are very excited to add SK,” Robinson said. “She elevates our perimeter play. She is a quick and strong combo guard with a scorer’s mentality. She also can create offense for her teammates. SK knows how to get to the free throw line. She can be a tenacious on-ball defender.”
Tucker is an ESPN three-star athlete and is ranked the 58th best guard by ESPN with a scout grade of 89. Her Collegiate Girls Basketball Report National Ranking is 145th overall and 28th position wise. Last season, Tucker averaged 19.2 points and 11.2 rebounds. For her career, she has scored 927 points. She was a two-time All-State, a two-time All-Region and a two-time All-Area performer. She was a preseason South Carolina Coaches Association Top Elite Girls Selection for the 2019-20 season.
“We are thrilled to add a young woman like D’Mya to our family,” Robinson said. “D’Mya can play multiple positions because of her size and athleticism. She is a scoring guard that is explosive in the open court. She can score from almost every area on the floor. D’Mya has added 3-point shooting to her game and is a good rebounder at that position. She elevates our perimeter position.”
White led Western Branch with 11.1 points per game as a junior while helping Western Branch to its first tournament appearance in school history as the team finished 19-7. She also totaled 97 steals and 29 blocks and averaged 4.5 assists per game. She was named first-team All-Southeastern District and 6A All-Region.
“Crystal elevates our guard position and we’re happy she’s a part of the family,” Robinson said. “She is very long and athletic. She can get to the basket, but also can shoot the three. She is a good defender, which fits well in our style.”
Worthey started 24 games at Roselle Catholic last winter averaging 10.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocked shots. She came off the bench as a sophomore and averaged 6.0 points and 3.0 rebounds as a super sixth man during a championship season. She enters her senior season with 569 career points.
“We are excited to bring Nina into our family,” Robinson said. “She will add to our post position. Nina is an athlete with a high motor. She does all the little things as a coach you want from a player. She can score in the paint and is improving her offense away from the basket. Nina can rebound in traffic as well.”