Elston taking her talents to State Fair
Take one look at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe basketball standout Jazzmyn Elston on the court and it’s plain to see that the Lady Warrior star is going places.
And the next place she’s going is Sedalia, Missouri.
The senior will be playing next season at Missouri junior college power State Fair Community College after signing a full scholarship with the Lady Roadrunners last Tuesday afternoon.
“This means a lot,” said Elston “I never thought I’d ever make it this far, especially starting so late for my age, but this is a blessing for sure. I don’t know how (State Fair) found me, but they contacted (LFO head) Coach (Dewayne) Watkins and said they wanted me. They are giving me such a great offer.”
Elston said she will be flying out to visit the campus for the first time on March 10.
State Fair, whose campus is located adjacent to the Missouri State Fairgrounds, is a two-year school of about 5,000 students that plays in Division I of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The team plays in Region 16, the tough Missouri Community College Athletic Conference (MCCAC).
Elston led LFO in points (20.7 per game), rebounds (6.6) and steals (2.9) this past season to help the Lady Warriors to a 17-10 record.
“She’s had some awesome accomplishments here,” Watkins said of Elston, who transferred to LFO from East Ridge following her freshman year. “She had a pretty good first year, but she was still a little hesitant on both ends of the floor as she tried to get to know her new teammates.
“Last year, she got a little frustrated when other teams found out what a special player she was and started face-guarding her. She really didn’t like that very much, but she really worked hard in the off-season, got in shape and got prepared because we knew and she knew that teams were going to do that again (this past season) and she handled it.
Elston finished with 1,115 points in three seasons at LFO.
“I really wish I’d
had her here as a freshman,” Watkins added.
State Fair went 19-8 in the regular season and 7-2 in conference play this season. They are coached by Kevin Bucher, who is in his seventh season after serving as an assistant coach for five years. He has a 134-51 record in six full seasons and has coached nine All-Americans, 33 AllRegion players and three Academic AllAmericans during his tenure.
Watkins said Bucher’s players have a 100 percent graduation rate and that several have gone on to sign NCAA Division I scholarships.
Two of the members of the current roster, made up of players from nine different states and Canada, signed with Indiana State and Texas-Rio Grande Valley back in November.
“They are getting a great player in Jazzmyn,” Watkins added. “She’s superathletic. She can score from the 3-point line, she can get to the basket and she shoots free throws well. I really think her best days are still ahead of her. She still has some growing to do, but with the steps she’s made over the last three years, I can see her continuing to move forward. She’s got a chance to be really special.”
Elston said she plans to bring intensity and the proper attitude to every game she plays for the Lady Roadrunners.
“I’m going to miss my teammates,” she added. “They are like family and they mean a lot to me. We’re all like sisters. They have pushed me to strive to do my best and I will miss them a lot.”
Elston said she plans to study psychology or photography in college.