Lady Jets Veronica Charles signs with Stony Brook, NY
South Georgia Technical College sophomore guard Veronica Charles has signed a letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic career at Stony Brook University, an NCAA Division I program, in Stony Brook, NY. She was the first signee for new Stony Brook University head coach Ashley Langford, who previously served as associate head coach at James Madison University.
Charles, a 5’ 4” guard from Benue State, Nigeria, helped lead South Georgia Technical College to their fifth straight National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XVII title and to the NJCAA National Tournament this past season. The Lady Jets finished the season with a 22 – 4 record and a Sweet 16 finish in the NJCAA National Tournament.
Charles earned the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) Defensive Player of the Year award and was a second team all-region selection as a sophomore. She averaged 12.1 points and 3.1 steals per game during the 2020-2021 season. She also pulled down 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
“I am very pleased for Veronica Charles,” said South Georgia Technical College Athletic Director and Lady Jets head coach James Frey. “I think this will be a win-win situation for Veronica and for Stony Brook University.”
Stony Brook head coach Ashley Lanford added, “Veronica is a fierce competitor, who has been a part of a winning tradition the last two years at South Georgia Technical College. She is a tenacious defender, which fits right into our identity. And, despite her size, she rebounds well. In addition, her ability to shoot the three-ball at a high percentage is very impressive, and will help us space the floor on offense. She is a great person to be around. She’s always smiling and her energy is contagious. The fans will love her.”
Lanford helped produce a .746 winning percentage (91 – 31) and three-regular season conference titles in four season as associate head coach at James Madison University. Charles was her first signee at Stony Brook University.
Stony Brook is a public research university in Stony Brook, New York. The Sea Wolves earned its first NCAA Tournament berth this past March and has won back-to-back America East postseason titles.