NPCC women’s basketball team announces 2020-21 recruiting class
The North Platte Community College women’s basketball team has announced their 2020-21 recruiting class. Women’s basketball head coach Jeff Thurman made the announcement this week and is excited for the incoming student-athletes.
“Our 2020 recruiting class is filled with high-character student-athletes who will get it done on the basketball floor, but most importantly in the classroom,” said Thurman. “They will be highly competitive in all aspects of being a NPCC women’s basketball student-athlete.”
Kanesha Hall, of St. Petersburg, Fla., joins the Knights from Northeast High School. Kanesha, while averaging 12.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1 assist and 3.7 steals per game, also finished her high school career with several honors, including First Team All-County, First Team All-Conference, Pinellas County All-Star and Tampa Bay All-Star. Hall is also the career leader in points for Northeast High School with 1,310 career points.
“Kanesha is a special talent and an amazing addition to our program,” said Thurman. “She has been on our radar since her junior year. She is extremely competitive and has an edge about her. She brings scoring to the guard/wing position that we need. Her strength, athleticism and tenacity will assist her in contributing immediately, and we are excited to have her here at NPCC.”
Also joining the Knights from Northeast High School, in St. Petersburg, FL., is Jada Ballard. Ballard finished her senior season averaging 7.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. Ballard also finished her career at Northeast High School career with several honors, including First Team All-County, First Team All-Conference, Pinellas County All Star, Tampa Bay All Star and was a Team Co-MVP.
“Jada is a Swiss-Army knife type of player,” said Thurman. “She can do it all - defend, rebound, score, etc. Anything she is asked to do, she does. We look for Jada to play multiple positions and be an on-the-ball defender who will cause havoc each night. We are looking forward to having Jada on campus.”
Kayla Pope joins the Knights from North Mesquite High School, in Mesquite, Texas. Pope finished her senior season as a member of the Honor Roll and First Team All-District while averaging 14.6 points, 6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.
“Kayla is a hard-nosed, competitive type of student-athlete who can play both guard spots,” said Thurman. “She will bring length and athleticism to our wing/guard position and can flat out defend. We are thrilled to add Kayla to our program.”
Jocylin Sellers joins the Knights from nearby St. Pat’s High School, in North Platte. Sellers averaged 8.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game her senior season. She also finished her career with the honors of First Team All-Conference, Lincoln Journal Star Honorable Mention, Omaha World-Herald Honorable Mention and was part of an Irish team that made three state tournament appearances.
“Jocylin brings size and athleticism to the post and painted area that we definitely need,” said Thurman. “Her ability to control the painted area will benefit her at the collegiate level. An all-area performer who comes from a great high school program is something that we are thrilled about.”
Maddie Heinzen, of North Platte, joins the Knights out of Maxwell High School, in Maxwell. Heinzen was the 2020 valedictorian at Maxwell High School and was awarded several other honors, including President’s Education Achievement Award, NSAA/NCPA Academic All-State, 2020 Omaha World Herald Academic Scholar and was named an honorable mention to the RPAC All-Conference Team.
“Maddie is a wonderful local student-athlete whom we are excited to have join our program,” said Thurman. “Her length, athleticism and ability to play multiple positions along with defending multiple positions will benefit her at the collegiate level and is exactly what we look for in student-athletes here at NPCC.”
Azaria Lacour joins the Knights out of Sierra High School, in Colorado Springs, Colo. During her senior season, Lacour averaged 14 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 4.6 steals per game and was named to the Great 8 All-Conference Team.
“Azaria can play both guard positions for us,” said Thurman. “She can handle the ball at the point, but can score as well. She comes from a well-coached high school program, which will assist her at the college level. We are excited to have Azaria here at NPCC.”
Jordyn Moon, of Richfield, Utah., joins NPCC out of Richfield High School. Moon averaged 3.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2 steals per game while being name Academic All-Region with a 3.8 GPA. She was also named to the All-Region Team twice and was part of a high school team that qualified for the state tournament three times during her career.
“Jordyn is a flat out athlete,” said Thurman. “She is a team-first type of player who looks to get her teammates involved and will do the dirty work each night. She can play and defend multiple positions, rebounds and passes very well. We cannot wait to get Jordyn here.”
Diamond Moore joins the Knights out of Harrison High School, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Moore averaged 16.3 points and 12.7 rebounds per game while being named Team MVP. She also was named First Team All-Conference, First Team All-Metro League and was an All-State Honorable Mention.
“Diamond is a great addition to our program,” said Thurman. “She had an amazing senior season with great accomplishments. We are looking for Diamond to make an immediate impact this coming season. She can play both forward positions for us, score and rebound at a high-level. Her size, length and athleticism will make her a match-up problem for the other teams. We are excited to have Diamond here at NPCC.”
Casandra Olivas, of Thornton, Colo., joins NPCC out of Skyview High School. Olivas averaged 8.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game as a team captain, while also being named to the First Team All-Colorado League and the CHSCA All-State Team.
“Casandra comes from a solid, well-coached high school program,” said Thurman. “She can play both forward positions for us and create mismatch issues at either position. Her basketball IQ is what sets her apart. She understands the game and plays it at her speed, which will translate to the collegiate game nicely. We can’t wait to have Casandra on campus.”
Kailey Brown joins the Knights as a transfer student-athlete out of Otero Junior College, in La Junta, Colo. Brown, originally from Far Northeast High School, in Denver, Colo., averaged 3.3 points and 1.5 assists per game for Otero last season. During her senior season at Far Northeast High School, Brown averaged 11 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.7 steals per game.
“We are excited to have Kailey join us as a transfer student-athlete,” said Thurman. “We are looking for her to come in and give us some leadership as a sophomore. Kailey knows what it takes to win at this level and how to be a college student-athlete. She is a competitor that can play both guard positions but excels at the point. She can score and set up her teammates to score.”
The 2020-21 recruiting class joins five returning Sophomores from the 2019-20 team that finished with a 10-21 record.
“As a coaching staff, we could not be more excited about this recruiting class. With 10 new faces, we are anxious and ready to get started with the 2020-21 season,” said Thurman.