Jade Thurmon, the nation’s leading scorer this season and standout player for the Kilgore College Lady Rangers, has been named a First Team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Thurmon, a 5’6” shooting guard from Ferris (TX), played two seasons at KC where she led the nation in minutes per game (34.8), free throws (159-293), points (745) and points per game (23.3) her sophomore season.
She was also third in the nation in assists (151) and steals (88).
She recorded five double-doubles and two triple-doubles during the season, scoring a season-high 45 points Feb. 21 versus Paris Junior College.
Thurmon capped off her sophomore season by scoring 37 points in the conference championship game March 10 against San Jacinto College-North.
She played in 32 games and scored 15-or-more points in 31 of those contests, scored 20-or-more points in 19 games and 30-or-more points in six contests.
Thurmon was also named Most Valuable Player in Region XIV.
She helped lead KC to a 21-11 record and a top-30 national ranking by defeating nationally ranked Panola College during the season and beating No. 15 Trinity Valley Community College in the Region XIV semifinals. TVCC made it to the national championship game in the NJCAA National Tournament in Lubbock, but lost 69-51 to Tallahassee (Fla.).
Her freshman season at KC, she was named Co-Freshman of the Year, All-Region and All-Conference.
Thurmon has committed to play basketball next season for Iowa State University.
Head coach of the Lady Rangers is third-year head coach Anna Nimz. Assistant coaches are Chris Godfrey and Mike Simmons.
Previous All-American Lady Rangers:
1987-88: Pam Hudson (Evelyn Blalock, head coach)
1988-89: Cheron Wells (Evelyn Blalock, head coach)
1990-91: Regina Wright (Evelyn Blalock, head coach)
1991-92: Tina Malone (Evelyn Blalock, head coach)
1992-93: ShaRhonda Reynolds (Evelyn Blalock, head coach)
1993-94: Saudia Roundtree (Evelyn Blalock, head coach)
1995-96: Jackie Hodnett (Evelyn Blalock, head coach)