UNT announced Wednesday that it has signed Joh’Vonna Darrington, a 6-foot wing from Weatherford JC.
Darrington averaged 13.4 points and 8.4 rebounds while starting 21 games last season.
UNT has recruited Weatherford JC before, landing Hannah Christian, a guard who stated her career at TCU, last year.
UNT brings back several of its key players from last season, but did lose one of its more productive wing players in Loryn Goodwin, a freshman who averaged 13.1 points a game last season while earning Freshman of the Year honors in the Sun Belt Conference.
What makes UNT signing Darrington interesting is that she is not very far removed from a major knee injury. Darrington was a first-team All-North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference selection as a freshman before tearing her ACL and MCL in the regional tournament. She averaged nearly 20 points a game as a freshman and came back quickly to play as a sophomore.
What will be interesting to see is if UNT got a bit of a steal. If Darrington can show the form that made her one of the top junior college players in the state as a freshman again at UNT, she could end up being an impact player pretty quickly.
The addition of Darrington will also give UNT another player in its junior class. UNT had just two sophomores on the roster last season in Braylah Blakely and BreAnna Dawkins. Blakely left the program after last season, leaving UNT with just one player headed into her junior season.
The addition of Darrington will give UNT better balance on its roster.