Not many high school basketball players manage to score 1,000 points during their four years of play, but for Marana High School’s Jamee Swan it only took three years.
As a junior, Jamee was inducted into Marana High School’s 1,000-Point Club, joining just a handful of other players in the school’s history to manage the feat.
Now, it appears she has no intentions of slowing down her senior year, averaging 21.9 points per game so far in the season.
“A thousand points in high school is a big deal, and not a lot of kids accomplish that,” said Marana Coach, Diane Swan, who is also the star’s mom. “I’ve only come across a couple players like her in all my years of coaching.”
While Jamee says she is proud of her induction, she has not let the success go to her head. Instead, she prefers focusing on the progress of the team.
“This hasn’t affected the way my teammates and I play together. Scoring 1,000 points in the past doesn’t really help our team going into the future,” she said.
Coach Swan says she is glad that the recognition has not affected her daughter in ways she has seen it affect other players that have achieved similar success.
“She has worked very hard to achieve this honor and she is an important part of this team,” she said. “Still, I don’t want her to think this award is all about her. It’s about the team, and she knows that. Jamee is very humble about this kind of thing. She doesn’t care about how many points she has. She cares about the team winning.”
Jamee, Diane, and the entire Tigers’ team share a common vision of selflessness when it comes to the Marana athletic program. Rather than dwell on individual accomplishments, the goal is to move the team and the basketball program in the right direction.
“My teammates are the reason I have been able to accomplish what I have,” Jamee said. “I try to do the right thing on and off the court, but I owe a lot to my team in helping me do that. This is about them.”
Jamee has demonstrated the very words she speaks by getting her teammates involved on the court and supporting them regardless of each game’s outcome.
In Marana school history, the girls’ basketball program has managed to win four State Championships: 1982, 1985, 1988, and 1989. They have also placed runner-up four times, the latest of which occurred in 2008.
With the majority of their success occurring in the 1980’s, Coach Swan says now is the time to change the direction of the basketball program.
“We want to restore the roar,” Jamee said. “We have a big athletic tradition at Marana, and this is the time to start rebuilding the success we have had in the past. It’s time to rekindle our history. We are raising our expectations.”
The Marana girls’ varsity basketball program has already made a lot of progress, with a 51-33 record over the last four years.
Despite her humble reaction to the induction, Jamee’s talent, work ethic, and respect for her teammates will no doubt serve as an example for players to come. Jamee graduates this year, and will be competing in the PAC-12 next year with a basketball scholarship to the University of Colorado.
On Jan. 31, an assembly will be held at Marana High School to recognize all of the female basketball players who have been inducted into the 1,000-Point Club. The players will be awarded a plaque to honor them for their accomplishment.
Jamee is the 12th player to score more than 1,000 points in the girls’ basketball program at Marana. The complete list of inductees being honored on Jan. 27 includes Swan, Christy Romero-Fitzsimmons, Erin Parsons, Mallory Parsons, Whitney Lewis, Carly Parsons, Haley Parsons, Stefani Liscum, Chris Lee, Pam Washington, Vicki Patton and Patty Patton.