Originally created 08/05/99

Wilson's impact is being felt



Greg Wilson already has begun to make an impact at Augusta State.

The first-year Lady Jaguars basketball coach has brought in seven new players, including three off his 31-2 Middle Georgia team last season, to revamp Augusta State.

Those three Middle Georgia transfers include 6-foot-1 sophomore forward April Hartley, who averaged nine points and five rebounds a game, 5-10 sophomore forward Faith Nixon (11 points, six rebounds) and 5-6 junior guard Vanessa Rayburn (four points, two assists).

"The biggest thing about those kids is they know how to win," Wilson said. "They could eke out a win regardless of the opposition."

Wilson also brought in junior college transfers Krystal Edwards and Amy Frantz to shore up the guard position, while true freshman Sabrina Jones (Dunwoody High) will play forward.

One surprise player in this year's recruiting class, however, is Valerie Chrapjin. Chrapjin, the all-time leading scorer at Augusta Christian, tore her Achilles tendon at Armstrong Atlantic State last season and received a medical redshirt. Wilson believes that Chrapjin may make an impact this season.

"She is determined to become a factor," he said. "She's a good long-range shooter who will lend us depth at small forward."

Wilson inherits six members off last year's 13-15 squad, including 6-2 center Justine Pivac (Wellington, New Zealand), who didn't play because of a broken foot.

"Justine shoots it well (within) 15 feet," Wilson said. "She faces up to the basket well and sees the floor well."

With the addition of Chrjapin and Rayburn, a Curtis Baptist graduate, to the roster, Wilson has three locals on the roster.

"I hope it'll mean some local fan interest," Wilson said. "I like to see a kid come home and do well in front of the home folks."

Chris Gay can be reached at (706) 868-1222 ext. 114 or cag112@hotmail.com