Tarleton WBB signs 2-time NJCAA national tournament guard Jakoriah Long


STEPHENVILLE – The Tarleton women’s basketball program has added another player from the JUCO ranks, announcing the signing of two-time NJCAA national tournament guard Jakoriah Long on Wednesday.

Long, a 5-7 guard originally from Waco, joins the Texans after two seasons played at Blinn College and one season at Ranger College.

The newcomer has played in 84 career collegiate games, averaging 7.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals. Her best year came this past season, where she averaged career-highs in scoring (8.7 PPG), assists (3.0 APG) and steals (1.2 SPG). She also added 3.2 RPG, starting all of Blinn College’s 35 games in which the Buccaneers went 31-4, 15-1 in conference play. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championships as the No. 5 seed. Long led her team in scoring in the national tournament at 14.0 PPG.

Long and Blinn College went a combined 59-9 in her two seasons with the team, advancing to the second round of the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament in her first year with them in 2021-22 as a No. 7 seed. That season, Long helped Blinn to the program’s first ever Region XIV championship. In both seasons the Buccaneers qualified for the national tournament, two of their four times making it in 21 years.

Tarleton head coach Bill Brock saw Long’s talents firsthand at the JUCO level. To open last season, Long scored a career-high 21 points against Brock’s McLennan CC team, making 7-of-12 from the field and 3-of-7 from the three-point line, to go with six rebounds and five assists.

Last season, Long scored 10+ points 16 times and had 5+ assists nine times. She earned an All-Conference honorable mention for her efforts.

Long is a 2020 Midway High School graduate in Hewitt, Texas. She intends to study criminal justice at Tarleton.

Long is the seventh announced signing by Brock, joining post player Faith Acker from Winnsboro High School, guard Miannah Little from McLennan CC, stretch-four Andjela Bigovic from Cochise College, forward Lexi Bull from Wyoming, post Vitória Carvalho from South Plains College, and guard Gosia Byczkowska from Howard College.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.