Women's Basketball Signs Three Recruits for 2018-19
Twins Jayda and Jayla Ruffus-Milner and Skye Lindsay will join the Waves next season.
MALIBU, California – DeLisha Milton-Jones’ first national-letter-of-intent fall signing period was a successful one as the first-year Pepperdine women’s basketball head coach landed three outstanding future freshmen: Jayda and Jayla Ruffus-Milner from Southern California and Skye Lindsay from Utah.
The Ruffus-Milner twins are both 5-foot-10 forwards who attend Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles. Lindsay is a 6-foot-2 forward/center from Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah.
“This class is one that I’m proud of considering how late in the recruiting game we started,” Milton-Jones said. “We have a solid group filled with tremendous individuals that have been graced with highly competitive spirits and versatile skill sets. Each of their contributions will be invaluable and will be a tremendous foundation for 2018 to be set upon.”
Jayla Ruffus-Milner was the 2017 Los Angeles Daily News Player of the Year, while Jayda was on the All-Area first team. The two helped Harvard-Westlake to a 25-5 record and to the CIF Southern Section Open Division final. Jayla averaged 15.0 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.3 blocks. She also made the Los Angeles Times All-Area first team and was MVP of the Palisades and Redondo Beach tournaments in December 2016. Jayda averaged 12.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.7 blocks. The duo have played for the Balboa Hills, Team Taurasi and Starting Five club programs.
Jayda Ruffus-Milner said: “I chose Pepperdine because every aspect, from the academics in the classroom to the energy on the basketball court, coincides with everything I truly value in my life. Having the ability to take challenging courses and be coached by one of the best coaches alive was an opportunity that I could never pass up.”
Jayla Ruffus-Milner said: “I chose Pepperdine because it is truly the perfect fit for me. Both the academic and the basketball programs are areas in which I know I can learn, grow and develop. The atmosphere that surrounds Pepperdine is extremely lovable and makes me feel that I would better my life in many aspects by going here.”
Milton-Jones said: “The excitement we have toward signing Jayda and Jayla is twice as nice. They are wonderful people who have very electric personalities that extend from their lives to the court. They are instant glue and will allow the foundation of our program to be built on solid ground.
Lindsay averaged eight points, nine rebounds and three blocks a game last season for Mountain View. She’s also played for the Natalie Williams Basketball Academy (and was the team’s top rebounder) and for I-90 Elite. She’s also a Scholar-Athlete with a 3.9 GPA.
Skye Lindsay said: “Pepperdine is an excellent school with incredible people and a shining culture. I always wanted to be a part of something like that. And I’m so beyond grateful that I have the opportunity to learn at this amazing university.”
Milton-Jones said: “We are very excited about signing Skye. Her energy, athleticism and intellect on the court will be a great addition to our program. Her tenacious style of play is welcomed and will inject our program with the competitive spirit we are seeking.”
The Pepperdine women’s basketball team (1-1) is at Nevada on Wednesday night before coming home and having its home opener on Sunday against Seattle at 1 p.m.