MOUNT CARMEL — Wabash Valley College’s Jazmyn Turner was recognized among a group of 50 NJCAA student-athletes as a 2020 NJCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-Star.
The list, which was released on Monday on the NJCAA’s website, recognizes the top talent returning to the NJCAA ranks as sophomores, with 42 schools represented, including girls from Division I, Division II and Division III.
With the threat of COVID-19 and its restrictions still looming, the event will not take place, but it remains an incredible accolade for the 50 honored.
“On behalf of the NJCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, we would like to congratulate the 2020 NJCAA WBCA All Star and HOF event participants,” Brandan Harrell, NJCAA Womens Basketball Coaches Association President spoke of the cancelled all-star game. “It deeply saddens us that we will not be able to honor these participants this year at our annual event which was cancelled in April due to COVID-19 concerns. They have worked very hard during their freshman year to be selected to represent their institutions, their regions, and the NJCAA. However, this is still a great honor and we will do our best to promote these deserving student-athletes,”
“It also deeply saddens us that we will not be able to honor our lone Hall of Fame inductee this year, Harry Meeks from Vincennes University. Although, we do plan to honor Harry at the 2021 event. I want to thank all of the NJCAA WBCA members that nominated their deserving student-athletes, our 2020 NJCAA WBCA All Stars, and the HOF committee for their hard work this year and the NJCAA National Office for their assistance at every stage of this process.”
Turner, the lone returner from last year’s group which finished 30-2 and as Midwest District and Great Rivers Athletic Conference champions, averaged 15.3 points per game and a team-high 7.9 rebounds per game. Turner also led the team with 1.4 blocked shots per game.
In recognition to her breakout campaign, Turner was named the GRAC Freshman of the Year and as a member of both the All-Region and All-GRAC teams.
As a versatile forward, Turner’s capable of attacking defenders off the bounce or with her back to the basket and does so efficiently, with a 68.5% field goal clip. She’s also a capable shooter from distance, averaging 55.6% from behind the arc on limited attempts.
Turner should be poised for an All-American type season as she attempts to lead the program to its fifth consecutive NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament appearance.