Former Marana standout Jamee Swan is set to become the third local standout to sign a recent professional basketball contract. Tucson’s Christine Clark is playing for Lavezzini Parma (Italy) and Tombstone’s A’jha Edwards signed with Cangrejeras de Santurce (Puerto Rico).
Clark went on to star at Harvard after high school and Edwards played at Pima and MSU-Northern where she also earn recognition for her play. Swan played for Colorado where she earned All-Pac-12 honors.
According to her mother, former Marana head coach Diane Swan, Jamee has come to a verbal agreement with Dudelange (Luxembourg) and will sign after her current trip representing Team USA in China.
“We are all really excited for her. She’s excited,” Diane Swan said.
“We are thankful that she has been able to use her love of basketball to get a college education and diploma, play in one of the top college conferences for four years and now has the opportunity to see the world. This is her dream come true but she knows how hard she will need to continue to work. This is just the beginning. She is still hoping for something this summer here in the states.”
The Swan family has along list of people they would like to thanks including former coaches and teammates.
“We are incredibly thankful for the support from everyone in Tucson, Phoenix and Boulder. Incredibly thankful for her teammates in junior high school, high school, club and at CU,” her mother added.
“She has been able to play with great kids throughout her career! People like Todd Holthaus, Corey Duck, Kenny Drake and Darrell Peoples saw her potential as a little girl and encouraged and pushed her to be more. Todd has been our family friend since she was four years old and has seen her grow up along with Lyndsay Leikem. He was never her coach but always there to support, teach and guide as she went through school.
“My favorite story is when she came home in fourth grade wanting to be like Lisa McBride when she grew up. She had been around those girls throughout elementary because I was the volleyball coach at Flowing Wells but it had nothing to do with that. It had to do with her wanting to play college basketball. I am thankful that she had young women like Lisa, Kiley Blair, Rebekah Quiroz, Desiree Williams, Calley Wilson and Vicki Hogan (that’s only naming a few) to look up to. I am not sure we realize the impression that we leave and I hope Jamee has made that same impression for young girls through her example.”
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