WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW Head Coach Adell Harris announced the addition of Alabama transfer Jasmine Steele to the Seahawks roster on Thursday.

Per NCAA transfer requirements, Steele must sit for one year upon enrollment at UNCW. She will be eligible to compete for the Seahawks following the completion of the 2014 fall semester. Steele will have two and half seasons of eligibility remaining upon her return.

“We're so happy to add Jasmine to our family,” said Harris. “She is a high-character kid that happens to be a really good basketball player. Our team becomes a lot faster with her on it. She is a scorer and playmaker at the point guard position. We have improved our program on all levels with this addition.” 

A native of Midfield, Ala., Steele played one game for the Crimson Tide during the 2012-13 season before being redshirted after suffering a knee injury in the season opener. In her lone appearance, Steele played eight minutes against Jacksonville State and finished with four points, one rebound and one steal.

Despite being sidelined on the court, Steele excelled in the classroom during her time in Tuscaloosa as she was named to the 2013 Southeastern Conference First-Year Academic Honor Roll.

Prior to joining the Crimson Tide, Steele enjoyed a standout prep career at Midfield, where she led the Patriots to three straight Class 4A state championships and four straight appearances in the title game. A two-time Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 4A First-Team selection, Steele was named the 2011 Birmingham News Metro Girls Player-of-the-Year. She was also a finalist for the 2012 Class 4A Player-of-the-Year award after averaging 20.3 points, 12.5 rebounds, 7.9 steals and 5.2 assists per game during her senior season.

UNCW returns to action Thursday as it opens Colonial Athletic Association play with a 7 p.m. contest against Northeastern.