JONESBORO – As the 2020-21 women’s basketball season nears, AStateRedWolves.com will provide fans with a weekly positional preview. In this week’s final edition leading up to the Red Wolves’ season opener versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff, we are focusing on the post players – Talia Roldan, Seynabou Thiam, Trinitee Jackson, Kayla Williams and Peyton Martin.
Talia Roldan – Redshirt Junior – Merrillville, Ind.
After a season redshirting due to NCAA transfer rules, Talia Roldan is set to make her Arkansas State debut in 2020-21. Roldan previously played two seasons at UAB, where she helped the Blazers to a postseason appearance and 27 wins in 2017-18 as a freshman, a season in which UAB also won its first regular-season Conference USA crown with 13 victories. Roldan is a strong post presence who looks to be a factor in the rebounding column as well as stretching out to the perimeter, where she also is a threat.
Matt Daniel on Roldan: “Talia is a transfer from a very successful UAB program. She’s won at a high level and knows what it takes to do that. She’s versatile and has great size but also has range to stretch the defense.”
Seynabou Thiam – Sophomore – Dakar, Senegal
Seynabou Thiam is entering her first season at Arkansas State after playing a year at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, where she appeared in 30 games with 16 starts. The 6-6 post player led the NTAC and NJCAA Region V with 58 blocks, which ranked inside the top 25 in NJCAA Division I and helped her earn honorable mention all-conference honors. The Dakar, Senegal, native averaged 7.2 rebounds per game and 6.1 points while shooting 44.1 percent from the field. Thiam is also the first player from Senegal in program history.
Matt Daniel on Thiam: “Her potential is through the roof. She works incredibly hard and has the desire to become an elite player. Her size will be a huge factor on both ends of the floor. She has good ball skills offensively and the length to be very disruptive defensively.”
Trinitee Jackson – Junior – Hopkinsville, Ky.
Entering her junior season, Trinitee Jackson is looking to build off of the success she saw as a sophomore. Jackson averaged 3.0 points and 2.9 rebounds, but showed flashes of dominance in the post multiple times, including her first career double-double with 11 points and 17 boards in just 13 minutes versus Central Baptist in the season opener.
Matt Daniel on Jackson: “Trin has worked incredibly hard over the last eight months. She’s in the best shape of her life and is a huge asset to our team. She has great touch around the rim and provides great size for us defensively.”
Kayla Williams – Redshirt Senior – Memphis, Tenn.
Kayla Williams is entering her third season at Arkansas State after playing in 27 games as a redshirt junior, drawing 13 starting nods. Williams notched a season-high 14 points versus Texas State on Feb. 15 and averaged 2.9 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. In her A-State career (2018-20), Williams has averaged 3.5 points and 1.6 boards while shooting 33.3 percent from three-point range.
Matt Daniel on Williams: “K-Will brings a lot of experience to our team. She is another long, versatile threat who can really cover any position on the floor defensively. Offensively, she can post up smaller players but can take bigs out to the three-point line, too.”
Peyton Martin – Senior – Pine Bluff, Ark.
A Third Team All-Sun Belt selection as a sophomore in 2019, Peyton Martin enters her senior season looking to continue being a factor both in the scoring column as well as on the boards for Arkansas State. Martin has totaled 873 points in her career, needing just 127 to eclipse the 1,000-point mark for her career. The Pine Bluff native is also nearing the 500-rebound threshold, with 426 total. As a junior, Martin averaged 12.5 points and 5.8 boards while being one of the team’s top shooters at 44.5 percent. Defensively, Martin notched 14 blocks to go along with 37 steals.
Matt Daniel on Martin: “Peyton brings the energy every day. She’s the hype-woman on the court and in the weight room. She’s extremely athletic and really just has a knack for putting the ball in the hole 15 feet and in. Her range has expanded and she’ll be more of a threat from the perimeter than in the past. She’s really long and is a great defensive rebounder for us.”
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