Four Hamilton Heights Players Make NACA All-America Hoops Teams

Lady Hawks Won National Title, Hawks Finished Fourth In Tourney

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - by Larry Fleming

Hamilton Heights’ Lady Hawks have landed two players on the National Association of Christian Athletes All-America basketball team.

Kamile Kasciunaite, a junior from Lithuania, and Victoria Monyei, a junior from Nigeria, were named to the All-America team after leading the Lady Hawks to the 2013-14 Division 2 NACA national championship at Fort Bluff in Dayton, Tenn.

The Hawks, who finished fourth in the tournament, also had two players earn spots on the Division I All-America boys’ team – senior guard Aleksa Jugovic, of Serbia, and sophomore post Abdulhakim Ado, of Nigeria.

Hamilton Heights’ girls finished with an 18-14 record while the boys closed the season at 34-7.

Kasciunaite averaged 7.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game this season.

Monyei averaged 4.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

“Victoria is one of the hardest working young ladies I have ever coached,” Lady Hawks coach Keisha Hunt said. “She is quick, a strong defensive stopper and very coachable. Kamile is a versatile player. She can play multiple positions, scoring inside and out. Both Kamile and Victoria are key members of the Lady Hawks’ basketball program.”

Kasciunaite and Monyei earned national all-tournament team honors and Monyei was named the most valuable player in the tourney.

Jugovic, who signed with Tennessee Tech University, was the trigger to almost everything the Hawks did offensively. The 6-foot-3-inch point guard led the Hawks with 14.5 points, 5.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He made just 3.3 turnovers a game.

Jugovic and Ado were named to the national all-tournament team.

“The way that Aleksa approaches the game is what allowed him to be successful this year and will allow him to have continued success in the future,” Hawks coach Zach Ferrell said. “He is a relentless worker and seeks perfection every time he steps on the floor. He will be a great addition to the Tennessee Tech program.”

Ado, a 6-11 sophomore post, already has a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt and dominated the lane against any and all opponents.

Ado scored 9.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 7.3 blocked shots each time out.

“Abdul is a dominant force inside,” Ferrell said. “His rebounding and shot-blocking ability are at an extremely high level right now. He has tremendous timing and athletic ability that allow him to dominate games on the defensive end. He has a great work ethic and is improving every day and is always looking to take his gamer to another level.”

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com)

 

 


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