Following the most impressive single-season performance in North Georgia College & State University women’s basketball history, Gainesville graduate Jaymee Carnes was named the Daktronics Division II National Player of the Year, the league announced Tuesday.
The highest honor in the country is just the latest recognition for the sophomore, who was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year and Southeast Region Player of the Year following her first season at the NCAA Division II level.
A transfer from Wake Forest University, Carnes has made an immediate impact on North Georgia, the Peach Belt Conference, and the NCAA Division II level as a whole. Carnes becomes the third athlete from the North Georgia to earn National Player of the Year over the last three years.
She is just the second player in PBC history to lead the nation in scoring, joining Kennesaw State’s Joanna Cuprys who averaged 26.0 points per game in 1996-97.
Carnes scored 30-plus points three times and had a career-high 40 points against Brenau. She finished second in the league and 15th in the nation in rebounds per game with 11.2 and recorded 20 double-doubles, which led all of NCAA Division II. She also led the league and was ranked eighth nationally in blocks.
Carnes led the nation in scoring at 25.0 points per game and finished with 624 points scored, the 10th highest scoring total in the history of the Peach Belt Conference.
She also set North Georgia records for total points in a season, scoring average in a season, and free throws made.
Carnes holds North Georgia NCAA Division II single game records for points in a game with 40, blocks in a game with nine, and field goals made in a game with 16, a mark she accomplished twice in a span of 35 days.