’Jacks’ Clyde named 1st-team all-American
Freshman guard/forward helped Chesapeake to 7th-in-nation finish
WYE MILLS Chesapeake College freshman Denver Clyde has been named an NJCAA Division II women’s basketball first-team all-American.
Clyde, a 6-foot-1 guard/forward from Glen Burnie who attended North County High, was one of 10 players named to the all-American first team and the only first-team selection from Maryland. Brianna Thomas, a freshman guard from Cecil College, was named a third-team all-American.
"It’s a huge honor, especially for a freshman," noted Chesapeake head coach Damon Nichols, who guided the Skipjacks to the program’s first state, region and district championships and said "the sky’s the limit" as to what Clyde can eventually accomplish.
"Someone who is her size who can bring the ball up court, shoot the ’three’ and also play in the post is very valuable," said Nichols. "A lot of people have told me she has a D-I (NCAA Division I) body. I think she can definitely play at the next level."
Clyde was the second member of the Skipjacks to earn a national honor. Freshman guard Shantrel Oliver was named to the all-NJCAA Division II national tournament team after helping the Skipjacks (28-4) to a seventh-place national finish.
Clyde averaged 15.9 points per game second on the team behind Oliver’s 16.8 to go along with 9.1 rebounds, 2.4 steals, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocked-shots per contest. She scored a career-high 28 points against Allegany College of Maryland in January and had a career-high 15 rebounds later that month against CCBC-Dundalk.
Nichols said Clyde and the rest of the freshmen from this year’s championship team are "already back in the gym working out."
"They got a taste of what is possible at the national tournament," said Nichols. "Now they want to go back."
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