Stepping Stones: Japonica James, Troy

Japonica James
Photo courtesy of Greg Rowland

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (August 23, 2018) – Tallahassee Community College women's basketball standout Japonica James has signed a national letter of intent with Troy University. 

James, a native of Mobile, Ala., played two seasons (2016-18) for head coach Franqua "Q" Bedell's Eagles and leaves Tallahassee as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,143 points, just the third player in school history to hit the 1,000-point mark. 

The 5-foot-11 forward played in 66 career games and averaged 17.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.8 steals while shooting 56.9 percent from the floor. 

James led Tallahassee to back-to-back appearances in the NJCAA Tournament for the first time in school history and capped her NJCAA career with the Eagles' magical run to the 2018 national championship. She was named to the NJCAA All-Tournament Team after averaging 13.0 points and 8.4 rebounds in five games. 

James earned First-team NJCAA All-America honors in 2018, averaging 17.1 points and 8.0 rebounds in 35 games. She was also named First-team All-Panhandle Conference and FCSAA First-team All-State. 

As a freshman in 2016-17, James garnered All-America honors from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and was the Panhandle Conference Freshman of the Year thanks to averages of 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds. The season ended abruptly, however, with a second-round defeat at the NJCAA Tournament to Shelton (Ala.) State Community College, but it was still the Eagles' first appearance in the event since 2001. 

Located in Troy, Ala., the NCAA Division I Trojans compete in the Sun Belt Conference.

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