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W. Basketball – Sophomore signings


W. Basketball – Sophomore signings

Basketball signingsOVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College sophomores DaShawn Harden, Kathleen Brisbane and Kelsey Knox recently signed national letters-of-intent to continue their playing careers at four-year institutions. Harden will play for Louisiana State University. Brisbane signed with St. Edwards University, and Knox signed with the University of North Dakota. 

Harden earned a suitcase full of honors last season after transferring to JCCC from the University of Oklahoma. She earned NJCAA and WBCA first-team All-American, first-team All-Region VI, first-team All-East Jayhawk Conference and was the team’s MVP. She also was selected the conference Player of the Year, a first in JCCC history. Harden averaged 14.3 points on 47 percent shooting, including 43 percent from 3-point range, to go with 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals. She ranked third in the conference in scoring, first in 3-point accuracy, first in free throw accuracy (.791), fourth in 3-point fields made (53) and fourth in steals. Harden reached double figures in 19 games this season, including five of 20 or more points. She averaged 22.5 points in the Region VI Tournament. 

“DaShawn will really impact LSU and the SEC on both ends of the floor,” said JCCC head coach Ben Conrad. “We really enjoyed having her here for a year. She is a great kid and a very hard worker.” 

Brisbane, formerly of Sumner Academy, ranked second on the team in scoring (10.8) and in rebounding (6.1).  She scored in double figures 17 times this season, and 21 times over her career. She shot 55 percent from the field, which ranked her third in the conference. She also finished fourth all-time at JCCC in career field goal accuracy at .538. Brisbane helped JCCC post a 62-5 record over her two seasons with the Lady Cavaliers. 

“Kat is really the epitome of what we want our kids to be about here at Johnson County,” Conrad said. “She made huge improvements to her game between her freshman and sophomore year, and was always focused first and foremost about winning.  St. Edwards really got a steal. She had a lot of Division I interest.” 

Knox was the team’s starting point guard the first five games of the season before suffering a season-ending injury. She averaged 3.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists over those five games. As a freshman, Knox played in a 32 games, helping JCCC to a 32-3 record and a berth in the NJCAA Tournament. She average 4.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals as a freshman. She also shot a team-best 56 percent from the field, and her 2.05 assist-to-turnover ration ranked eighth in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference. 

“Kelsey had some really bad luck here with her finger as a freshman that kept her out of some games, and her foot this past year forcing her to redshirt.” Conrad said. “But she had some huge moments during our 32 win season her freshman year. We don’t win the league without her. Now that she is healthy, she will have a very nice career at UND.”


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