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East Lansing's Jaida Hampton named 2018 Miss Basketball
Monday Mar 12, 2018 12:00am

(UNDATED) - Jaida Hampton made East Lansing’s varsity basketball team as a freshman, but she didn’t play like a freshman. She was even better as a sophomore, but midway through that season something extraordinary happened. Taryn McCutcheon transferred to East Lansing from West Virginia. Not only did she help the team get better, but she changed Hampton's approach to basketball. It helped her to be confident and play hard. That has paid off as Hampton was named the 2018 Miss Basketball Award winner on Friday by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan. Hampton, who has signed with Wichita State, received 353 of the 976 first-place votes, totaling 2,688 points. Wayne’s Camree’ Clegg was second with 2,433 points followed by Birmingham Detroit Country Day’s Kaela Webb (2,031) and Lasha Petree (1,632) of Ypsilanti Arbor Prep. Hampton joins 2010 grad Klarissa Bell as the second East Lansing player to be Miss Basketball. Her team, East Lansing (24-0) plays Muskegon (23-2) Tuesday in a Class A quarterfinal game at DeWitt, with the winner moving on to Friday’s semifinals at Calvin College in Grand Rapids. Hampton is averaging 16.1 points and five rebounds this season, hitting 63 percent of her shots from the field.

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