State Fair Community College sophomore guard Jermisha Watson played with some of the best sophomore women’s basketball players in the country July 12-15 during the fourth annual National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Coaches Association All-Star Weekend in Niceville, Fla.
Coaches nominate student athletes, and 40 are selected to participate. They practice position-specific drills and split into four teams to scrimmage in a round-robin tournament.
“My favorite part of the event was getting to meet other people,” said Watson. “I also met people we’ve played against in the past at SFCC.”
Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher said Watson averaged about five points and four rebounds per contest and said he was pleased with how well she passed the ball.
The 5’ 8” point guard from Burnsville, Minn., already has her eye on her sophomore campaign at SFCC. She’s working to improve two specific things—shooting and leadership—for next season. Watson’s leadership ability will be important to her team’s success since the Lady Roadrunners only return two players from last year’s team.
“I want to become a better outside shooter,” said Watson. “I’ve really been working on that and I also want to become a more vocal leader.”
Watson averaged 6.9 points and 3.1 rebounds during her freshman season at SFCC and finished fifth on the team in steals with 1.44 per game.
“I’m just glad I was able to go on the trip because it was a great experience,” said Watson. “It was something anyone would love to go to. I was glad SFCC gave me the opportunity, and if I could, I would love to do it over again.”
Watson is the second Lady Roadrunner to be invited to the all-star weekend. Ciara Leak, a 2011 graduate, also participated in the event before her sophomore season.
SFCC Athletics Department