JAE PATTERSON SIGNS SCHOLARSHIP OFFER
May 1, 2014By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
JAE PATTERSON SIGNS SCHOLARSHIP WITH MISSISSIPPI JUCO
Prattville High School’s Jae Patterson, a 6-3 post player, inked a letter of intent to attend Northeast Mississippi Community College located in Booneville, Friday morning, Apil 25, before a large gathering of students, friends and fans of the Lions’ basketball program in the Commons Area.
Patterson, who sat out the 2013-2014 season to consecrate on her studies, selected the Tigers over an offer from Pensacola Junior College.
Patterson will trade in her Lion stripes for the tiger stripes of Northeast Community. The Tigers are coached by veteran coach Brian Alexander. The Lady Tigers went to the finals of the Mississippi Community College tournament this season before falling to Copiah-Lincoln CC in the championship game.
Alexander, a native of New Albany, Mississippi, and a graduate of Northeast CC, has had stops as assistant coach at Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, and Campbell University.
Before returning to Northeast CC, Alexander also served as head coach of the Tupelo Rock and Rollers in the World Basketball Association for two seasons.
Alexander holds a PhD degree from, Mississippi State University. The Lady Tigers have a tradition rich history of women’s basketball in the very successful Mississippi Junior College ranks.
Bridgejae (Jae) Patterson lettered two years at Prattville High School playing for former head coach Virginia Barber. During her junior season (2012-2013) she average 10.3 points per game, and pulled down 419 boards, 275 of those were defensive rebounds. She also had 62 blocked shots.
As a sophomore (2011-2012) Patterson average 9.5 points per game, had 215 rebounds, including 126 defensive boards, as well as 33 blocked shots.
Barber attended the ceremonies at Prattville High School. “Jae is a great kid. " Barber said. "Hopefully she will do well at college. She has a lot of potential and should develop into a great player with the coaching staff at Northeast.”
Northeast Mississippi CC has an excellent graduation rate of sending students on to four year schools, once they finish their community college studies.
The Lady Tigers graduated five players this spring. They will return seven lettermen with two of those being post players. One of the Lady Tigers, Antoinette Riddle recently signed a scholarship offer to attend Delta State University.