There is very little St. Petersburg Catholic combo-guard Jerica Coley can't do on the basketball court. A three-year starter, the 5-foot-7 senior, who will play at Florida International, was last year's Times Player of the Year for Pinellas and averages 21 points entering tonight's highly anticipated matchup at Tampa Catholic. Rather than tell you what we think makes Coley so special, we asked someone who can provide better insight — her teammates. Here are their responses:
Jackie Amick, C: "Jboo" is an amazing player. She is the sweetest girl I know, on and off the court, and we are all so proud of her. Florida International is so lucky to have her for next year!
Annie Artise, F: Although I have only known Jerica for several months, she has already proven to be a great friend and role model. It is because of her that our basketball team plays as a team.
Justine Bogott, G: Jerica is an amazing friend, leader and teammate. She encourages and inspires her teammates on and off the court. Jerica has great determination and will go very far in life.
Brittney Dunbar, G: She is my role model. I hope that I can one day play up to her basketball standards.
Coby Goodwin, F: She is an excellent basketball player as well as a supportive teammate. She is a role model who always knows how to lift people's spirits.
Mary Keegan, F: Jerica is a good player because she is so selfless when handling the ball. She is always thinking of what she can do for the team.
Kelly McFarlane, G: No future is out of reach for Jerica. Her athleticism made her into a great basketball player, but her determination has allowed her to succeed in anything she desires.
Breann Nicola, G: Jerica is the ultimate team player; her basketball IQ is above the rim. She is very humble in everything that she does and is never selfish. She is always around to lift up our spirits and support us.
Nikki Parker, F: Jerica is an excellent team player. She is one of the team leaders and is always ready to help anyone at any time. She is always there to bring you up if you're upset or frustrated.
Mikayla Teartt, C: Jerica is a very loyal friend. We have known each other since the fifth grade and since then we have been best friends. She does well in school and on the court. She always has a positive attitude.
Jennifer Yanchunis, G: Jerica is a very inspiring teammate and a wonderful asset to have in more ways than one. She is a very amazing, versatile player. Whenever Jerica gets on the court, she surpasses herself and surprises us all every time.
Catherine Yanchunis, manager: Jerica is the star of our team and she really proves that when she shines on the court. Though having Jerica as a teammate can be intimidating at times, she always is modest and is always nice to everyone.