Northeast Miss. CC women's basketball signs former Tupelo All-Star

By NEMCC Media Relations

BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College women’s basketball coach Brian Alexander continued to fill out his 2011-12 recruiting class with the signing of an all-star on Monday, July 18.

Tupelo’s Amber Jackson became the latest signee to Alexander’s first class when the former Golden Wave standout agreed to become a Lady Tiger in a ceremony held at Tupelo High School.

“I am excited about signing with Northeast and continuing my education,” Jackson said. “Coach Alexander is a player’s coach and someone that can help me grow as a person and a player.”

Jackson, a 5-9 forward, joins seven other in the Lady Tigers 2011-12 recruiting class as Suzzette Suggs of Coffeeville, Katie Garvin of Kossuth, India Howard and Shunquest Howell both of Ripley, Krystal Jackson of New Site, Kebrina Lucas of New Albany and Nikki McChristian of Lafayette County all have agreed to don the black and gold for the 2011-12 season.

“I am excited to work and build relationships with my teammates,” said Jackson.

During her prep career at Tupelo High School, Jackson was a double all-star appearing in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game at the Pelham Civic Complex in Pelham, Alabama as well as the 45th Annual Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC)All-Star Basketball Game at A.E. Wood Coliseum in Clinton.

“We are excited to welcome Amber Jackson into our basketball program at Northeast,” Alexander said. “I have known Amber since she was in the ninth grade and I am excited because I know she is a good person as well as a good basketball player.”

With her selection to Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game, Jackson was the only femaleathlete from northeast Mississippi on the roster and just one of four athletes from the north to make the squad.

Jackson’s all-star game teammates featured players from North and South Panola, Greenville as well as Raymond, Natchez, Scott Central, Northeast Lauderdale, Harrison Central and Clinton.

“Amber is a skilled player who will help us play the up-tempo style of game we want to play,” Alexander said. “She led Tupelo High to the state tourney as a junior where she proved she belonged with Mississippi’s finest. She will be a nice fit for our roster this year.”

Jackson helped lead the Tupelo Golden Wave basketball team to nearly 40 wins her final two years and was a member of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal All-Area team multiple times during her prep career.

During her varsity campaign, Jackson averaged double digits while leading the Golden Wave at the charity stripe with a 77-percent free throw percentage including a 12-for-12 showing against Hattiesburg on December 28, 2009.

Jackson, who was nominated for a McDonald’s All-American status, originally signed with Itawamba Community College out of high school before joining the Lady Tigers for the 2011-12 season.