Former Pima standout JJ Nakai named Big Sky Newcomer of the Year

Jacqulynn Nakai was named Newcomer of the Year by the Big Sky Conference on Sunday.  Nakai averaged 14.8 points a game (fourth in the Big Sky) and 2.9 (13th) for NAU.  Nakai scored 17 points against the University of Arizona in McKale Center in a 76-63 loss in November.

Nakai also earned a spot on the All-Conference Team in the honorable mention category as a guard. The Big Sky Tournament starts Monday and the Lumberjacks will meet Weber State in Boise.

JJ Nakai guarded by Arizona standouts Bendu Yeaney (23) and Aari McDonald (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


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