Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014
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The NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association), has announced its All-American selections for men's and women's basketball and Rock Valley College's Jared Mayes (men's) and Marquiesha Grant (women's) were each named to the first team for their respective sport.
Mayes, a 6'-4" freshman forward from Rockford Jefferson High School, helped lead the Golden Eagles to the first national championship in the 48 year history of the men's basketball program, and a school record 30 wins. He averaged 22 points per game in the NJCAA tournament, including 55 points total in the semifinals and championship game. Mayes was RVC's leading scorer on the season as well with a 19 points per game average.
His post-season honors also include first team All-Region (NJCAA Region IV) and first team All-Conference (N4C). He is just the sixth men's basketball player in RVC history to be named an NJCAA All-American, but is the second in the last two seasons under head coach Craig Doty (Brandon Schwebke was a second team selection last season).
On the women's side, Grant becomes the eighth RVC women's basketball player to earn NJCAA All-American honors. All eight have come since the 2007-2008 season. Grant, a 5'-8" sophomore guard from John Marshall High School in Chicago, led the Golden Eagles back to the NJCAA championship game for a third straight season. Although they fell short this season in a 69-60 loss to Northland Community College in the championship game, Grant was magnificent throughout the tournament and the season. She led RVC in scoring at 18.3 points per game and also averaged 4.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 2.8 steals per game.
Grant was also named Player of the Year for both the region (Region IV) and the conference (N4C). As a freshman last season she was second team All-Conference and was named to the NJCAA All-Tournament Team.