#TCCBasketball: Wilson named FCSAA Player of the Year

Lawriell Wilson
Photo courtesy of Greg Rowland

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 16, 2017) – Tallahassee Community College standout Lawriell Wilson has been named the 2017 Florida College System Activities Association’s (FCSAA) Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. 

The FCSAA Player of the Year award, selected the FCSAA Women’s Basketball Committee, was announced on Saturday following the FCSAA State Championship Game. 

Wilson is the first Tallahassee player to win the award. She and teammate Japonica James were also named FCSAA First-team All-State. 

Wilson, a sophomore guard from Kenner, La., is in the midst of a record-breaking season and career for coach Franqua “Q” Bedell’s Eagles. 

Last month, Wilson was named Panhandle Conference Player of the Year by the league coaches and, at last week’s state tournament, she led Tallahassee into the semifinal round before being eliminated by eventual state champion Gulf Coast State College. In the Eagles’ 97-86 win over Palm Beach State College in the state quarterfinals, she tied the school record with 39 points and, in the process, became the school’s single-season and career scoring leader. 

She currently leads Region 8 in scoring at 22.0 points per game and also averages 7.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists. 

James, a native of Mobile, Ala., was the coaches’ pick for Panhandle Conference Freshman of the Year honors. She has averaged 17.8 points and 8.1 rebounds through 30 games. 

This marks the first time Tallahassee has placed two players on the FCSAA’s All-State team. 

Wilson and James were also named to the FCSAA All-Tournament Team. 

Wilson averaged 34.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists in two games while shooting 58.5 percent (24-of-41) from the field and 83.3 percent (15-of-18) from the free throw line. 

James averaged 16.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals while shooting 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from the floor in two games.