Two SGTC Lady Jets named to 2019 – 2020 World Exposure NJCAA Division 1 All-America teams
South Georgia Technical College Lady Jets sophomores Shamari Tyson and Yasriyyah Wazeerud-Din were recognized as members of the 2019 – 2020 World Exposure NJCAA Division I All-American teams. World Exposure named first, second, third, and honorable mention all-Americans for NJCAA Division I women’s basketball recently.
Sophomore guard Shamari Tyson was honored with a third-team All-American recognition and Yasriyyah Wazeerud-Din was listed as a World Exposure NJCAA honorable mention All-American. Only 35 of the top NJCAA women’s basketball players in the nation earned this distinction.
“I am very proud of both of these young women,” said South Georgia Technical College Athletic Director and Lady Jets head coach James Frey. “They deserve this and more. They did everything that we asked of them on the court and in the classroom. I am disheartened by the way the season ended. These girls had earned the right to compete at the national tournament and through no fault of their own, the trip and season was cancelled. COVID-19 has made placing our sophomores at the next level a little more difficult but I am confident that each of the sophomores will have the opportunity to continue their careers as student-athletes at the next level. These types of honors will definitely help.”
Shamari Tyson was also listed as one of the 15 finalists in the World Exposure National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Sophomore of the Year Award.
Shamari Tyson of Fort Wayne, IN, transferred to South Georgia Technical College from SE Illinois College for her sophomore season. She was a third team NJCAA All-American in 2019. This season, she helped lead the Lady Jets to their best record ever, 30 – 2. She was selected as the overall GCAA Player of the Year, and won the GCAA Player of the week nomination four different times.
She is third in the nation for three-point percentage shooting (47.2), 19th in the nation for three-point shooting (85 of 180), 20th in steals (91), 9th in assists (170), and fifth in turnover ratio (3.0). Tyson averaged 24 minutes per game and averaged 14.4 points per game. She hit 83% of her free throw shots, averaged 5.5 rebounds per game and 5.5 assists each outing. She also had 2.9 steals per game.
Yasriyyah Wazeerud-Din, a 5’ 11’ sophomore guard from Marietta, Georgia, has been with South Georgia Technical College and Coach James Frey for two seasons. As a sophomore, she helped lead the Lady Jets to back-to-back undefeated Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association seasons. The Lady Jets were 35 – 0 in the conference in 2018 – 2020.
This season Yasriyyah Wazeerud-Din was the leading scorer for the Lady Jets averaging 15.1 points per game. She is a 75% free throw shooter, hits 50% of her three point attempts and averaged over 20 minutes per game on the court this season.
In addition to her scoring ability, Wazeerud-Din also accounted for six rebounds a game along with three assists and three steals each outing. Both Wazeerud-Din and Tyson were listed as GCAA All-Academic team members for the 2019 – 2020 season.