When basketball season ended earlier this year for the Jacksonville High School Fightin' Maidens, many of the teams' fans and followers were saddened by the fact that they would not be able to see Jasmine Parson, the Fightin' Maidens' flashy and feisty senior guard that was the team's catalyst, play basketball again.
Well, Fightin' Maiden fans are in luck after Parson signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her academic and athletic pursuits at Tyler Junior College early Thursday afternoon.
The ceremony took place at the Jacksonville Fieldhouse before a gathering of family, friends, various JISD coaches and Parsons' new coach, Trenia Tillis-Jones, who was recently named as the Russell Athletic/WBCA Junior College Community College Coach of the Year.
Parson appeared to be right at home late last month when she led all players in scoring in the Azalea Orthopedics All-Star Basketball Game, which was played at TJC's Wagstaff Fieldhouse, the home court of the Apache Ladies.
Parson's 14 points helped send her West squad to a 69-48 victory over the East.
Parson said that her all-star game effort had nothing to do with her final decision though.
“TJC had been recruiting me for a long time,” Parson said. “I think that I have made a good decision because I will be playing for a good coach and be playing for a good team and be in a good environment.”
TJC went 30-6 this past season and advanced all the way to the quarterfinals of the national tournament in Salina, Kan.
Parson said that that had a big part to play in her final decision.
“TJC had a really good season and I think that the level of competition that TJC plays and practicing against all of the talented players that play for TJC will help me to be able to get to the next level,” Parson said. “I will probably be a little bit nervous at first by being on a new team, but I know that once I get used to things that everything will be fine.”