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West J grad Jade Skidmore receives full ride from Seattle Pacific

Jade Skidmore, a 2016 West Jefferson graduate, smiles on her signing day April 24 in Walla Walla, Wash. Skidmore played guard for Walla Walla Community College the past two seasons and will continue her career at Seattle Pacific University. Photo courtesy of Walla Walla Community College women’s basketball

By MARLOWE HEREFORD
mhereford@postregister.com

One of the most prolific guards to come from eastern Idaho will continue her college career at an NCAA Division II school.

Jade Skidmore, a 2016 West Jefferson graduate who has played the last two seasons with Walla Walla Community College in Walla Walla, Wash., signed April 24 with Seattle Pacific University. A member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, Seattle Pacific offered her a full-ride scholarship.

Skidmore said the Falcons sought her out early, attending some of Walla Walla’s preseason tournaments and ultimately inviting her for an official visit. She was also recruited by NAIA school Eastern Oregon and some Division III schools, but upon visiting Seattle Pacific in April with her parents Gary and Angie and scrimmaging with the Falcons, Skidmore said she knew she had found the right place.

“From the moment I set foot on campus, I knew it was where I wanted to go,” Skidmore said Thursday by phone. “I absolutely loved it. I’ve been once or twice (to Seattle), but being able to be in Seattle and experience new things and being in a big city, that will be an awesome experience.”

Seattle Pacific went 23-8 this season, advancing to its first NCAA Division II tournament since 2015 before falling in the first round. Skidmore has been a point guard throughout her career, but said the Falcons might look for her to be a shooting guard or a wing.

“Since it is Division II, it’ll be more intense and better skill sets than what I have now,” Skidmore said. “The level of skills and competition will be a lot higher. I think that’ll be good for me, just expanding my game.”

A 2016 Post Register All-Area Girls Basketball First Team Selection, Skidmore averaged 13 points, 8.1 rebounds and an area-best 4.9 assists per game as a senior for West Jefferson and became the fourth member of her immediate family to surpass 1,000 career points. She averaged 16 points, 9.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists (No. 5 in the NWAC) and 1.2 steals this season for Walla Walla, which defeated Umpqua 90-74 to win the Northwest Athletic Conference championship on March 18 in Everett, Wash., to finish 32-1. The Warriors had taken second in 2017 after falling in OT to Spokane.

After committing to Walla Walla in 2016, Skidmore said she was open to continuing her career after two years but was not certain. After her time as a Warrior, Skidmore said she realized she wanted to keep playing and she expressed gratitude to head coach Bobbi Hazeltine and her teammates for helping prepare her.

“The success that we’ve been able to have at Walla Walla has been one of the best things,” Skidmore said. “If I didn’t go and try to play at the next level, I would definitely regret it. I obviously love the game a ton and I want to keep playing as long as I can at the most competitive level.”

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