By Kaia Zimmerman
Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball player, Shonyah Hawkins, added another accomplishment to her historic season when she was named a Division II, second team All-American.
“It feels great,” Hawkins said. “I wrote it down as a goal at the beginning of the year and it feels so good to have accomplished it. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates.”
The GRCC women’s basketball team’s season was historic as they were the first team in program history to make it to the national tournament. Hawkins was a spark for the team right out of the gate scoring 22 points in the first game and she continued that success throughout, averaging 14.1 points per game along with 61 steals and 57 assists in the season.
“Shonyah’s performance on the court throughout the season played a major role in the team’s overall success, so for her to be honored as an NJCAA All-American is well deserved,” stated Head Coach David Glazier in a press release. “I am proud of Shonyah’s accomplishments on the floor and thankful to have a front row seat for her special season. She has raised the standard for future Raiders.”
Hawkins is the fourth Raider in GRCC women’s basketball history to receive All-American honors. Hawkins also received the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Player of the Year and was named to both the All-Region and All-MCCAA teams.
Hawkins is a sophomore with plans to transfer next year to continue her college basketball career. “I’m not sure if I’m going to use my extra year at another junior college or go to a 4 year, but I do have a couple options,” Hawkins said.
Hawkins attributes her success to her family and teammates, and is grateful for the support they have given her this season.
“Without my family and teammates pushing me everyday this wouldn’t have been possible,” Hawkins said. “All glory to God.”