Basketball player Shonyah Hawkins named NJCAA DII All-American

Grand Rapids Community College basketball player Shonyah Hawkins was named a Division II, second team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association, the latest accolade in a season that included a national tournament appearance.

Hawkins, a sophomore point guard from Grand Rapids, brought energy and intensity to the court, earning Player of the Year honors from the Michigan Community College Athletic Association’s Western Conference.

“Shonyah is a talented and determined student-athlete, and very deserving of this honor,” GRCC Interim Athletic Director David Selmon said. “We’re proud of her, and also proud of our coaches and her teammates. The Raiders had a fantastic season, and we have a great program.” 

Hawkins helped guide the Raiders to a 12-5 season record, a second-place finish in the conference, a district championship and a national tournament appearance – the program’s first since 1978.

The Grand Rapids Catholic Central graduate led the Raiders in points per game, 14.1; steals, 61; and minutes per game, 30.4.  She was second on the team in assists with 57.

“Shonyah’s performance on the court throughout the season played a major role in the team’s overall success, so for her to be honored as an NJCAA All-American is well deserved,” said Coach David Glazier, who earned Coach of the Year for the NJCAA’s District C, Great Lakes Conference. “I am proud of Shonyah’s accomplishments on the floor and thankful to have had a front row seat for her special season.  She has raised the standard for future Raiders!”

Hawkins is the fourth GRCC women’s basketball team to earn athletic All-American honors.

Brittany Bueche was named to the second team in 2008-2009, Autumn Kuhtic was named to the third team in 2003-2004, and Valerie Streelman was named to the first team in 1980-1981.

Hawkins last month was named to the All-Region and All-MCCAA teams and joined teammates Jayla Bibbs and Eurasia Green-Boyd on the All-Defensive team.

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