Grenadier athletes earn NAIA All-American honors

17th March 2011
Ferguson named to NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball All-America first team
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – IU Southeast senior guard Jazzmarr Ferguson was named to the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball All-America first team Wednesday.

Ferguson is the first IU Southeast men’s basketball player to receive first-team honors.

Ferguson, a native of Louisville, Ky. and Moore High School, had a stellar senior campaign for the Grenadiers. Ferguson passed Mitchell Speedy to become IU Southeast’s all-time leading scorer in the KIAC Championship semifinal when he scored 31 points against Brescia University on Feb. 24. 

In the KIAC Championship Game victory against IU East, Ferguson made more history. He hit two free throws with 9:33 remaining to record his 2,000 and 2,001 career points. He is the first IU Southeast player to break the 2,000 point mark. Ferguson finished his Grenadier career with 2,042 career points.

Ferguson helped lead the Grenadiers to a 21-11 record and 11-2 conference record this season. 

“Jazz is a great leader on and off the floor,” IU Southeast head coach Wiley Brown said. “He is great in the classroom and he does his work out on the court. This school cannot be more proud of the young man.”

Ferguson averaged 24.34 points, 4.88 assists and 2.16 steals per game this season.

Ferguson joins Michael Day and Mitchell Speedy as the only Grenadier men’s basketball players to receive All-America recognition. Day was named to the NAIA All-America second team in 1988 and Speedy was named to the third team in 1997.

Woods receives All-American recognition
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – IU Southeast sophomore guard Ashmere Woods received honorable mention recognition on the 2010-11 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball All-America team Wednesday.

Woods joins teammate Whitney Duncan as the last two Grenadiers to receive NAIA All-America recognition. Duncan received honorable mention accolades last season.

Woods helped lead the Grenadiers to a school-record 27 wins this season and a perfect 13-0 record in KIAC play. The Grenadiers also set a new school record for consecutive victories with 16 straight wins from Jan. 13 to March 9. IU Southeast finished the year 27-6.

“I think she deserved [the recognition],” IU Southeast head coach Robin Farris said. “Ashmere was an important contributor on a very good team this season.”

Woods finished the 2010-11 season averaging 17.33 points, 2.37 assists and 5.80 rebounds per game.

The last Grenadier player to be named to an All-American team was Christina DeMaio in 2005-06 season when she was named to the first team.

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