SGTC players named GCAA Players of the Week
Published 10:05 am Monday, December 4, 2017
South Georgia Technical College (SGTC) Jets sophomore guard, Rico Simmons, and Lady Jets sophomore forward, Esther Adenike, were both selected as the Division I basketball Players of the Week for the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) this past week.
Simmons, a 5’ 9” point guard from Wilkerson County, played his freshman season with the Jets two years ago and was chosen by head coach Travis Garrett as the Most Valuable Player that year. He sat out last season but returned this year to rejoin the Jets for his sophomore year.
He averaged 19 points, five assists, 1.5 steals, and five rebounds in two games for the Jets to earn the GCAA Division I Player of the Week for the men. The Jets are currently 3-4 on the season.
SGTC’s Esther Adenike, a 6’ 2” sophomore forward from Lagos, Nigeria, was selected as the women’s Division I Player of the Week. She was selected after she scored 45 points and averaged 16 rebounds in three wins last week for the Lady Jets.
Adenike was a freshman last season and helped lead the Lady Jets to their third National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament in four years under Lady Jets Head Coach, James Frey. Adenike was also selected to the NJCAA Region XVII Women’s Division I All-Tournament team as a freshman. She and her teammates tied the school record for the most wins and least losses with a 30-5 overall record. Adenike returned this season along with three other players to help lead the squad back to the NJCAA National Tournament.
The Lady Jets will open up conference competition against Georgia Highlands College on Dec. 2 at 1:00 p.m. The Jets traveled to Miami, FL for the Miami Dade Classic on Dec. 1-2. They took on Miami Dade on Dec. 1. The results of this contest were not available at press time.
The Jets will battle Palm Beach on Dec. 2 at noon.
The two teams will play a double-header at home on Dec. 6. The Lady Jets host Andrew College at 5:30 p.m. and the Jets will play Tallahassee Community College at 7:30 p.m.