Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Ashley Shields Makes History

Ashley Shields of Memphis, TN made history today. She became the first Junior College Player Ever to be drafted in the WNBA. She was selected 8th overall by the Houston Comets.

This is such an insprirational story and I am so happy for Ashley. Ashley played for the same high school coach I played for, Robert Newman. She started her high school career at Hamilton High as a ninth grader and then transferred to Melrose High in the eleventh grade. She signed a letter of intent with the University of Memphis, however she never played there because of academic issues. She transferred to Northwest Mississippi Community College but only played a couple of games due to pregnancy. From there she transferred to Southwest Tennessee Community College, she was not able to play during her first year because of academic issues again.

However, the next year (2006-2007) Shields led the NJCAA in scoring with an average of 27.4 points per game and was among national leaders in rebounding (11.3), assists (6.6) and steals (4.1). She also led the Lady Saluqis in field goal percentage (.558), and three-point percentage (.443). She recorded four triple-doubles and 19 double-doubles this season and had season highs of 15 rebounds (vs. Arkansas Baptist, Hiwassee, and Saint Catharine), 14 assists (vs. Jackson State), eight steals (vs. Cleveland State), and four blocke d shots (vs. Hiwassee). Ashley Shields was named Player of the Year in the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association by a unanimous vote of the coaches. Also, Shields was chosen to the 2007 Junior College/Community College Kodak/WBCA All-American Team. The Kodak team, selected by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, consists of ten players selected from among the over 500 NJCAA member schools.

Congratulations to Ashley Shields.

Ladies this story should inspire you to never ever quit on your dreams and goals..

Making It Happen in 2007

Patosha Jeffery

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