Jim sent out a story this week for Veteran's day that I want to share with everyone. It involves a basketball player at Florida State University, formerly of Tallahassee Community College, both of which happen to be your own Captain's Alma Maters. On top of that Staff Sergeant James is from Savannah, GA, making him somewhat of a hometown boy for most of our readers.
On Veterans Day, it is appropriate for us to recognize an armed forces veteran who will begin play in the ACC next season. His service to the USA and its citizens in Iraq, Qatar, Sacramento and elsewhere and his accomplishments as a student and person should make all of us wish him the best at FSU and beyond.
FSU recruit Bernard James served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force for six years before enrolling at Tallahassee Community College (TCC) in 2008. Sergeant James did not play high school basketball, but he led the USA to its first International Military Sports Council Basketball Championship since 1998 during the 2008 Championship Tournament. Sergeant James was named the Tournament MVP after scoring 12 points, gathering 18 rebounds and blocking 6 shots in the title game against Lithuania. Also in 2008, he led the Air Force to its third straight Armed Forces Basketball Championship.
As his 2nd season at TCC is about to begin, Sergeant James has established himself as a preseason Junior College All-American. Sergeant James is described as tough (duh), skilled, able to run the floor well and one of the top post players in the nation. Perhaps more impressively, he was named as a National Junior College Athletic Association Leader for Life for his display of high character and outstanding performance in athletics, academics and community service. Sergeant James received recognition for Panhandle Conference All-Academic honors after his first year and was named 2009 TCC Student-Athlete of the Year. Also, he was a First Team All-Conference selection.
Hoopfully and Proudly, Staff Sergeant Bernard James (2010 Recruit - FSU Seminoles)