JBU’s Mejia and Hancock Receive NAIA All-Amercian Honors

Siloam Springs, Ark (March 27, 2001) — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) released the 2000-01 All-American basketball selections as John Brown University’s Jahir Mejia and Martha Hancock highlighted the Golden Eagles honorees.

Jahir Mejia, a 6’7” junior from Panama City, Panama, received the highest honor. Mejia was selected third team NAIA All-American, joining Shad Miller as only the second JBU basketball player in school history to be named NAIA All-American. The Golden Eagles power forward averaged 19.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per game this season, while shooting a school record 63.7 percent from the floor. Mejia also set the JBU single season records for rebounds (287), rebounds per game (9.0), and field goals in a season (256).

He finished only 20 points shy of breaking former JBU NAIA honorable mention All-American Carlos Avrard’s record of 648 points in a season. In 32 games, Mejia led the Golden Eagles in scoring 22 times and rebounding 21 times. Single game highs included 31 points at Park College and 30 points at NAIA No. 2 ranked USAO. He also set a single game record with 24 rebounds at Park College.

Senior Martha Hancock went out with a bang this season, as she becomes the first ever JBU women basketball player to be selected NAIA honorable mention All-American. The Bentonville native had a terrific season finishing her stellar career for the Golden Eagles. The 5’6” guard averaged 15.2 points per game, while setting a Sooner Athletic Conference single season record and ranking near the top of the NAIA in three-point accuracy hitting 47.6 percent from behind the arc. Hancock led the Golden Eagles in assist, while ranking near the top of the SAC in field goal percentage (50.8) and free-throw percentage (84.3).

As head coach Jeff Soderquist's first recruit, Hancock has nearly rewritten the JBU record book over the past four years. She is the fourth leading scorer in JBU school history with (1,486) points. She holds the record for the most free throws made in a game (16) and most steals (84) and three-pointers (68) in a season. She ranks first in career steals (265), free throw percentage (80.4), three-pointers made (173), and three-point percentage (42%). She also ranks high in free throws (329), career assists (370), and field goals (492).

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) also recognizes its scholar athletes who are juniors or seniors academically and attain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. John Brown University honorees for Academic All-Conference are Martha Hancock - 3.8 GPA, Mindy Ralston - 3.57 GPA, and Seritha Mahoney - 3.51 GPA. Congratulations to all of these fine student athletes for their hard work and dedication.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,500 students from 46 states and 30 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. JBU competes in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC), one of three conferences within the NAIA’s Region VI.