McQueen completes backcourt for Martin-Methodist

Thursday, November 15, 2007
Jessica McQueen signs her letter of intent to attend Martin-Methodist College. Sitting with Jessica are her parents, Vicki and Randy McQueen. Standing from left are MCHS Head Coach David Steely, Martin-Mathodist Head Coach Dee Brown, MCHS AD Kevin McGehee, and MCHS Assistant Coach Boyd West.

Jessica "The Assassin" McQueen made it official on Wednesday morning with the announcement that she will attend Martin-Methodist College in Pulaski. Earlier this month, McQueen's Tigerette backcourt mate, McKenna Moffett signed on to the Lady Red Hawks.

"It is going to be really fun going with McKenna, McQueen said, especially because we know exactly what each other are doing on the court."

Her father Randy said, "We are very happy, it means we will be able to go down to Pulaski and support her and watch her play ball. It also means a great deal to us financially because Justin is at Columbia State, so when Coach (Dee) Bell offered her a four year ride it was huge."

Vicki, her mother, was also extremely pleased and said, "Jessica has wanted to play college ball for a long time, she loves the game, it is in her heart."

McQueen also has another dream of being an elementary school teacher and will pursue that at Martin-Methodist.

The McQueen's were quick to point out that Jessica's success would not have been possible without all the of coaches who have helped her along the way, including MCHS coaches David Steely and Boyd West.

McQueen also talked about Coach Shonda Sparrow at LMS who taught her to play tough, smart defense.

Vicki McQueen also pointed out that Coach Wayne Wesson in Chapel Hill was instrumental in her development from a young age. "Jessica played in the youth league in Chapel Hill and eventually went on to play with coach Wesson on the AAU Tennessee Flash that finished second in the nation in 2001."

"Larry Helton, the current head basketball coach at Lewis County taught her to shoot. She would spend hours with coach Helton practicing."

Bell and the Lady Red Hawks now own one of the best shooters in the mid-state and he knows it. "I have not seen anyone shoot the ball better than Jessica, she is a real talent."

He added, "This is what I tell my coaches who go watch these recruits. When you go see them play, don't tell me how high they can jump or how fast they can run, tell if they know how to play basketball and Jessica knows how to play basketball."

West, assistant coach at MCHS said it best when he stated, "It is unbelievable to watch these kids in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades and then through travel ball and eventually become great players in high school. That is really part of our job as coaches to get the most out of them. To see them go off to college is the best. It will be even better because they will be so close and we can all go watch them play."