Friday, November 13, 2009

In honor of Veteran's Day

Jim Gober, an Attorney in Atlanta, emails out ACC Basketball Reports every season.  The most recent preseason reports have previewed the upcoming ACC season with players leaving, players returning, new recruits, and schedule breakdowns.  Jim does an excellent job preparing his readers for the wild ride that will be the ACC season. 

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)

# 21 Bernard James
Center, 6'10", Sophomore
Savannah, Ga. (Richard Arnold HS)
All-America candidate...named second-team Super Sophomore by Sporting News...named to Basketball Times’ Sweet Sixteen...named NJCAA Leader for Life on October 8...has verbally committed to Florida State of the top post players in the nation...has the potential to become the best post player in TCC history...tough, skilled and can run the floor well...2008-09: Joined TCC after serving as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force…despite missing the first seven games of the season due to injury, Panhandle Conference Media named him Freshman of the Year while voting him first-team all-PC and all-freshmen...named first-team all-PC by league coaches...earned Panhandle Conference All-Academic honors and was named TCC Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year in 2009…averaged 12.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game overall and 15.4 points and 11.2 rebounds in PC action...had seven double-doubles in PC play...made his collegiate debut vs. Aiken Tech (11/27/08) and recorded four points, three rebounds and three blocks...eight rebounds vs. South Georgia Tech (12/1/08)...ten points vs. Miami Dade (12/13/08)...14 points and six rebounds vs. Daytona State (12/14/08)...23 points and nine rebounds vs. Central Florida (12/17/08)...14 points and nine rebounds vs. Middle Georgia (12/29/08)...14 points and nine rebounds in PC debut vs. Chipola (1/3/09)...recorded his first double-double vs. Gulf Coast (1/6/09) with 15 points and 11 rebounds...19 points and 16 rebounds vs. Pensacola (1/14/09)...15 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks vs. Northwest Florida State (1/17/09)...18 points and 13 rebounds vs. Chipola (1/24/09)...15 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks vs. Pensacola (1/27/09)...12 points and 11 rebounds vs. Northwest Florida State (2/4/09)...20 points and 12 rebounds vs. Gulf Coast (2/10/09)...38 points and 16 rebounds on 15-of-19 shooting vs. Northwest Florida State (2/17/09)...HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Richard Arnold High School in Savannah, Ga., but did not play basketball…PERSONAL: Born on February 7…son of Darryl and Beverly Cook…represents men’s basketball on TCC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee...a member of the United States’ Armed Forces All-Star Team that competed at the 2008 International Military Sports Council Basketball Championships…led the USA to its first CISM championship since 1998 with an 84-74 victory over Lithuania…named Tournament MVP and was selected to the All-Tournament Team…12 points, 18 rebounds and six blocks in title game against Lithuania…led the Air Force to a third straight Armed Forces Basketball Championship in 2008…named to the All-Tournament Team…plans to major in business management.

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