Senior basketball players Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) and Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) will be taking part in the fourth annual Jump25.com/Ohio College All-Star Classic that will be held on Saturday, Apr. 14 at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus.
Shields played in all 26 games this season and started 25. She led the team in scoring with 333 points and averaged 12.8 points per game. She shot 36.4 percent (125-of-343) from the floor, including 30.8 percent (33-of-107) from three-point range and 58.8 percent (50-of-85) from the free-throw line. Shields also led the team in rebounding at 5.7 boards per game and blocked shots with 20. Her 20 blocks were ninth most in the NCAC this season. In addition, Shields was amongst the team leaders in assists (34) and steals (26). Following the season, she earned her first All-North Coast Athletic Conference Award as a second-team pick.
For her career, Shields is tied for the all-time lead in games played with 103. She finishes with 973 points putting her tied for seventh all-time on the Hiram scoring list. She posted a 33.2 lifetime shooting percentage (371-of-1119) with her total attempts ranking sixth-most in program history and her made field goals are eighth best. Shields also shot 302 all-time three-pointers which are tied for third most in program history, while making 85 of those attempts which is the third highest all-time. In addition, she ranks in the Hiram all-time list in career blocks with 71 putting her in a tie for fifth. Shields recorded 399 rebounds in four years (3.9 rpg) to go along with 92 assists and 84 steals.
Watkins led the team and was second in the NCAC in scoring average at 20.1 points per game. His 20.1 ppg. scoring average puts him in a tie for eighth all-time in program history in a single-season and his 522 points this year ranks fifth best in a single-season. He shot a team-best 56.0 percent (223-of-398) from the floor and had the fourth-best shooting percentage in the NCAC. In addition, Watkins led the team in free-throws made (75), free-throws attempted (107), blocked shots (20) and steals (30). He averaged a career-high 7.5 rebounds per game, which ranked second on the team and was also amongst the league leaders, and had a single-season high 58 assists.
Following the 2011-12 season, Watkins was named first-team NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) All-District, second-team D3hoops.com All-Great Lakes Region and first-team All-North Coast Athletic Conference. He is just the second Terrier to garner first-team All-NCAC honors since Hiram joined the conference.
For his career, Watkins played in 94 games primarily as a bench player before becoming a starter this past season. He ends his career with 848 points while shooting an impressive 55.9 percent from the floor in four seasons. His shooting percentage is the third-best all-time in program history. Watkins also recorded 411 career rebounds (4.4 rpg.) to go along with 79 assists, 70 steals and 38 blocked shots.
The Jump25.com women’s all-star game is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. and the men’s all-star game is set to begin at 5 p.m. at Ohio Dominican’s Alumni Hall Gymnasium. The college games include student-athletes from around the state of Ohio.