Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Sneak peek inside JMU's Jazmon Gwathmey
Here's what we know you know about CAA Player of the Year Jazmon Gwathmey:
MVP of the CAA tournament for the last three years (a feat only Old Dominion's Shareese Grant can match), the 6-2 redshirt senior from Bealton, Va., averages 20.7 ppg. (Remember this is a kid who scored 9.4 ppg a year ago when she could do everything consistently but score.)
Now here's what you don't know about Gwathmey:
*The spelling isn't a typo. Her mom named her Jazmon to be different and it's pronounced Jaz-MONN.
*Muff Mickens calls her Bert. Former teammate Kanita Shepherd gave her the nickname stemming from "Bert and Ernie."
*She was a cheerleader, fact courtesy of her Liberty High School coach Lauren Milburn, an avid supporter of her former player. Mention the memory to Jazmon and while she remembers her pom-pom days, it is with a groan, "I was very, very young," she stresses.
*Her shoe boxes pile from floor to closet. "I'm a shoes guru," she says, noting she's partial to Jordans.
*Tattoos painted up and down both arms commemorate her brother, Brandon, stabbed to death her freshman year of high school. He was 22.
*Loves Kobe. Liked Steph Curry during his Davidson days.
*Loves her Yorkie/Chihuahua, Nyla, even more
*"Criminal Minds" season 11 is her indulgence. "I have a three-story house and sometimes I get freaked sitting in the basement watching it."
* Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) is her favorite character.
*She could go a whole week eating nothing but pasta.
*She owns a purple elephant, but no Republican will receive her vote this fall. She's not into politics, but plans to read up on Hillary and Bernie before deciding.
*She's hopeful for the WNBA but exploring opportunities in Spain, Russia and Greece.
*"I never expected to be Player of the Year. I was more of do what I have to do to make the team win."
*Finance was her hardest class at JMU; a leadership grad class with professor Julie Wallace Carr. She's a sports and recreation management major, business minor
*Stay away from the theater class at JMU; it's the gen-ed to avoid.
*She's afraid of heights. "When we go on planes, I don't like it."
Stay away from the window seat en route to Louisville; Dukes are a No. 11 seed slated to meet No. 6 DePaul on Friday at noon!