May 13, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. – It took just two weeks for new VCU Women's Basketball Coach Beth O'Boyle's to officially sign her first recruit, and she's an All-American.
High-scoring Chesapeake Junior College guard Ashley Pegram, a First Team NJCAA Division II All-American in 2013-14, signed a National Letter of Intent this week. The 5-foot-8 guard will join the Rams this fall and retain three seasons of eligibility. She will be eligibile to play immediately.
It's a homecoming for Pegram, who starred at nearby Meadowbrook High School before her prolific season with Chesapeake. Pegram averaged 23.1 points per game last year and led the Skipjacks to a 25-5 mark and the NJCAA Division II National Quarterfinals. Pegram also grabbed 6.8 rebounds and handed out 4.1 assists per game for the Wye Mills, Maryland school.
"Ashley is a stellar athlete who has a knack for scoring and brings toughness and a love for fast-paced basketball," O'Boyle said. "It's also great opportunity to bring a talented local player like Ashley home to Richmond."
Pegram topped 20 points in a game 21 times last year, including a 41-point explosion in a win over Allegany College of Maryland. She was the only freshman named to the NJCAA Division II All-America Team.
At Meadowbrook, Pegram earned Central District Player of the Year honors as a senior and scored 26 points to lead the Monarchs to victory in the district championship game.