Kanna Suzuki, along with teammates, Houlfat Mahouchiza and Ester Adinike have been chosen to participate in the 9th annual NJCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Weekend. The event will be held from July 21-24 in Niceville, FL at Northwest Florida State College. Featuring the top 40 rising sophmores in the country, Suzuki, one of four GCAA players selected, is coming off an impressive Freshman year both individually and as the floor leader for the Lady Jets. Kanna started in 32 out of 35 games and logged the most minutes on South Georgia Tech and fourth most in the GCAA. She averaged 9.1 ppg and also lead her team and the GCAA with 4.8 assists (10th in NJCAA) and 36.7% from beyond the arc, while ranking 3rd in assist/turnover ratio. Suzuki was also named the 2016-17 GCAA Freshman of the Year, helping South Georgia Tech to a testy GCAA Tournament Championship and a second round appearance in the National NJCAA Tournament.
Suzuki noted “I am super excited to receive this honor to join the top players in the country in competition. It is a good chance to evaluate myself amongst the others and of course a good exposure opportunity.”
Suzuki is one of four returning players from last year’s surprising SGT team of 7 Freshman players. Asked about her outlook for the upcoming season and her Summer plans, Kanna commented “Well, I came home to Japan to see my family, enjoy home and get some training. I will return to US and train more with Dorian Lee of Bball 101 before I return to South Georgia for the All Star Tourney. I think we have a good core of players returning and a lot of experience. We lost three top players in Coleman, Corbin and Fluellyn, not to mention James, but I know Coach Frey and Conyers have worked hard to bring in some new talent as well, so I feel confident that we can improve upon last year’s season and compete for our ultimate goal of an NJCAA Championship.”
Lofty goals are nothing new for the anomaly of the 5’2 Suzuki.