Spring Hill College Women's Basketball Head Coach Ray Fron and Volleyball Head Coach Peggy Martin today announced the signing of Sha Sha Buchanan of Mobile's McGill-Toolen Catholic High School to an Athletic Grant-in-Aid.
On Wednesday, Buchanan was named McGill-Toolen's Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year for 2009-10. Sha Sha is such a wonderful athlete and competitor," said Fron. "She comes from a program where Coach Weems stresses all the fundamentals we look for at Spring Hill. More importantly, Sha Sha is a good person. I believe she has a bright future at SHC."
On the volleyball court, Buchanan was a member of the 2010 All-State team at middle hitter as well as an All-Region selection. "Although she is only 5'10" Sha Sha will bring huge athleticism to our volleyball program," Martin said. "She is a great competitor and knows how to win. We are thrilled she has chosen to be a Badger and help us build this program."
Sha Sha Buchanan played for Bama Storm and coach Brian Thomas for six seasons. Their coach/player relationship goes back even further that. Coach Thomas coached Sha Sha during her middle school years (7th and 8th grade) at Saint Mary's Catholic School. During those years Sha Sha played every position from point guard to center.
Coach Thomas was quoted as saying "Sha Sha was with me when I first started coaching AAU Basketball and is the only remaining player from that 2003 season. Sha Sha is the best pure athlete that I have ever coached. Not bad for a little skinny kid that started out as a three-point shooting guard and ended up as a dominating power forward. Between her 7th and 8th grade years, Sha Sha grew about three inches. She took to playing on the low block and the physical aspect of the game like a fish to water. It only took me one practice to teach her how to post-up, she has been dominating down there ever since. I am so proud of Sha Sha and I know that she is going to be a key to the resurrection of the Spring Hill College Women's Basketball Program. Sha Sha is like a daughter to me and I am really going to miss her".
Sha Sha is and will always will be a member of the Mobile Girls Basketball Association.
Sha and Family, from left to right: Mother (Ester Buchanan), Aunt (Delores Bruner), Sha Sha, Brother (Jemery Jones) and Grandmother (Ruth Jones).
Sha Sha and Coach Thomas
Sha Sha and St Mary's Catholic School Teammates take the floor.