Lady Jets’ Adenike named All-American

Published 8:44 pm Wednesday, March 7, 2018

By Staff Reports


AMERICUS – South Georgia Tech sophomore forward Esther Adenike was selected to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Two-Year College All-American Team. For 2018.

Adenike, a native of Lagos, Nigeria, helped lead the Lady Jets to the NJCAA Division I Women’s National Tournament last season as a freshman. She is hoping to do the same thing this year as a sophomore. A win by the Lady Jets against Spartanburg Methodist will clinch a berth for the Lady Jets into the national tournament. It would be back-to-back seasons in which SGT has qualified for the national tournament. The game against Spartanburg Methodist is scheduled for Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. in Spartanburg, SC.

“We’re really excited that the WBCA, which is an organization comprised of women’s basketball coaches, saw fit to honor Esther “Nike” Adenike as an All-American,” SGT Head Coach James Frey said. “I think that speaks not just of her work ethic and dedication to the sport, but also to the type of person she is. If you spend any time around her, you know she always has a huge smile on her face and is thankful for every opportunity she has been given. She truly has made the most of her opportunity at South Georgia Technical College. I’m so proud of her and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.”

Adenike was selected as the GCAA Player of the Year in 2017-18. She helped lead the Lady Jets to a 27-5 overall record, their third consecutive GCAA Regular season title with a 17-1 conference record and their second consecutive NJCAA Region XVII tournament title. Adenike was selected as the GCAA Player of the Week four times this year.

Should they win the District J Championship against Spartanburg Methodist, the Lady Jets will be heading back to the NJCAA Division I Women’s National Tournament in Lubbock, Texas March 19-24.

Adenike averages 13.6 points per game and has earned national recognition in the NJCAA standings for rebounds, blocked shots and field goal percentage shooting. Adenike is the third best rebounder in the NJCAA with a total of 318 rebounds this season. It’s the second time in three years that SGT has had the GCAA Division I Women’s Player of the Year. Adenike has started 32 games for the Lady Jets this season.

The Lady Jets made it to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament a year ago when Adenike was a freshman. That 2016-17 team set the SGTC women’s basketball record for the best record in a single season with a 30-5 overall record.

“Our goal all season long has been to the NJCAA National Tournament and finish better than we did last season,” Frey said. “We have one more game before we earn the right to go back to the national tournament. We are excited to play another game. Each game from here on out is bigger and more important than the last.”

Only 10 players from around the country are named to the WBCA All-American Team, and Adenike was the only player from Georgia selected. “The 10 members of the 2018 WBCA Two-Year College Coaches’ All-American Team are deserving of this recognition,” said Danielle Donehew, Executive Director of the WBCA. “The WBCA congratulates them for this accomplishment this season. These young women have worked to elevate themselves and their teams to an elite level, and through their exceptional talents on the basketball court, they have lifted the women’s game.”