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Julie Haas, associate vice president, marketing communications, ext. 3120
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Tyler Cundith, sports information director, ext. 3122

Basketball – JCCC players honored


Basketball – JCCC players honored

Nieka Wheeler
Nieka Wheeler
Pat Jones
Pat Jones

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College freshman guard Nieka Wheeler of the women’s basketball team, and sophomore guard Pat Jones of the men’s team, were named the KJCCC/Verizon Wireless D-II Players of the Week.         

Wheeler averaged 18.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals to lead the No. 3 Lady Cavaliers to a pair of wins last weekend. In the first game, Wheeler posted a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds in a 91-45 win over Neosho County. She followed with a 14-point, six-rebound, 4-steal performance in a 75-32 victory over Benedictine JV.          

Jones averaged 21 points and shot an impressive 53 percent from 3-point range in his teams two games at the Brown Mackie Classic in Salina, last weekend. In his team’s opening loss to Neosho County, Jones hit 8-of-14 shots, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range, and was 7-of-8 at the line, for a career high 29 points. He followed with 13 point and hit two more treys to lead the Cavaliers to a 76-62 victory over Bethel College JV. 

Additionally, former JCCC All-American guard DaShawn Hardin was named the first Southeastern Conference women’s basketball Player of the Week for the season after combining for 39 points in her LSU debut. Hardin led the Lady Tigers to a pair of wins in the preseason WNIT.  She hit four threes and finished with 20 points in her debut against Stephen F. Austin. Her 20 points were the most by an LSU player in a debut since Seimone Augustus scored 27 at Arizona on Nov. 22, 2002. 

Two days later, she was the Lady Tigers leading scorer again with 19 points and five steals in an 80-64 win over St. Joseph’s.


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