Tyler JC product Nautica Grant joins Lady Demons program

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NATCHITOCHES – After adding three signees in the fall, Northwestern State women’s basketball coach Jordan Dupuy added to that haul Thursday.

Dupuy announced the addition of Tyler Junior College combo guard Nautica Grant, giving his team an infusion of experience and scoring ability.

“We are so excited to add Nautica to our Lady Demon family,” Dupuy said. “Her ability to score the ball within a scheme and outside of a scheme will be a valuable asset to us. She has the ability to defend multiple positions and has a high basketball IQ.”

Grant, a 5-foot-6 guard originally from Dallas, averaged 15 points 1.4 steals and 1.4 assists per game as a sophomore at Tyler, helping lead the Apaches to a 24-9 record and a berth in the NJCAA Tournament.

Grant also connected on 94 3-pointers in the 2016-17 season en route to earning All-Region XIV honors. She shot 38 percent from 3-point range.

“Nautica is one of the best all-around kids that I have coached in my 17 years,” Tyler coach Trenia Tillis-Jones said. “She is a good kid with talent who is going to represent Northwestern State well on and off the court. She is humble, hard-working and loyal. I will miss her silliness and her ability to score most of all.”

Grant set a career high with 34 points against Jacksonville College on Feb. 9 and added 32 in a win against Kilgore College on Jan. 7.

Grant joins prep signees Jhane Wheeler, Lacee Savage and Jada Freeman in Dupuy’s first full Lady Demons recruiting class.

“Her ability to be vocal and lead will be valuable in taking the program to the next level,” Dupuy said. “She will be a great representative of the values we want in our program, and what really sold me was how genuine of a person she is. Nautica will do great things in every area here at NSU.”

Grant plans on majoring in biology upon her arrival in Natchitoches.

“I chose Northwestern State because I felt like it was the best opportunity for me academically and basketball-wise,” she said. “The coaching staff and players made me feel like I belonged there. They genuinely wanted and needed me there.”

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