Guard Arianna Durrell is committed to the Jackson State women’s basketball team


Arianna Durrell has committed to play for Jackson State women’s basketball and new coach Margaret Richards for the 2024 season.

Durrell played at Clinton High School in Mississippi and most recently at Itawamba Community College.

Durrell announced her decision Thursday on her social media page on X, formerly known as Twitter, with #composed and #THEEilove.

The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 9.8 points per game, shot 33.3% from the 3-point line and 84.7% on free throws for Itawamba.

Durrell, who will be a junior at JSU, played one year at Meridian Community College before transferring to Itawamba. She was selected second-team All-Mississippi Association of Community Colleges in 2023.

Richards also has commitments from Zaria Glover, Tierney Kelsey, Kristina Ekofo Yomane, Diaka Berete and Jaileyah Cotton.

Richards, who was hired in May, is Jackson State’s seventh women’s basketball coach. She replaced Tomekia Reed, who left to coach Charlotte.

Richard coached eight seasons (2016-24) at Alabama A&M, where he went 97-125 overall and 69-70 in the SWAC before transferring to JSU.

“My focus is on bringing in the right kids who can compete at this level and knowing the importance of winning here at this program,” Richards told the Clarion Ledger at her May 21 press conference.

JSU has won five straight SWAC titles and has been to the NCAA Tournament three times in six seasons.

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