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Dejeanette has been deeply involved in the sport in every aspect since she started playing at 7 years of age. Since that time, her passion and love for the sport has grown exponentially and now her and the sport are inseparable. She had an excellent high school career in the esteemed George Washington High School Girls’ Basketball program under the late Hall of Fame Head Coach Willie Byrd. She concluded her high school career in 2000, as the Most Valuable Player of the Chicago Girls’ Basketball City Championship game, where she led her team to victory by scoring 19 points and pulling down 20 rebounds en route to defeating powerhouse John Marshall high school under Coach Dorothy Gaters.
Dejeanette has continued her success at the collegiate level. During her time at Casper College she garnered WBCA, Kodak, and Junior College All-American honors, was one of the top five junior college players in the nation, and ranked #1 in the nation in rebounding and #5 in scoring. This led to her being heavily recruited by numerous NCAA Division I programs throughout the nation, in which she ultimately chose to finish her collegiate career atthe University of Illinois-Chicago. During her time at the University of Illinois-Chicago, she was recognized as one of the top players in the Horizon League and received several athletic and academic accomplishments, awards, and records. After graduating with her Bachelors of Communications from the University of Illinois-Chicago, she took her talents to the professional level in Europe.
Dejeanette had a standout three year professional career starting in Spain. Her first year averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds. During her second year playing in Switzerland, she averaged 28 points and 15 rebounds. She moved on to Portugal, where she averaged 23 points and 15 rebounds per game and became one of the top players in the league.
In 2012, her entire career culminated in her being unanimously inducted into the Chicago Basketball Hall of Fame, which is a very high honor, being that the City of Chicago is known for producing some of the best basketball talent in the country.
When she was not playing, she was honing her coaching skills starting at the age of 17. She has a total of 14 years’ experience at the high school and AAU level, coaching both boys and girls. This has allowed her to build and establish a wealth of valuable relationships and connections in the sport.
She has worked with some of the biggest girls’ basketball events in the country for three plus years, including, but not limited, to the West Coast Jamboree, the Nike Tournament of Champions, and the Oasis in the Desert. She has also run her own basketball camp and has been involved in post player developmental training for over five years.
Educationally, Dejeanette obtained her Bachelors of Communications from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She completed her Masters of Education in Athletic Administration from Northcentral University and began pursuing her PhD in Sports Management from Northcentral University as well.
Of all the things she has accomplished in her life, one of the things she is proudest of is the start of her own nonprofit organization five years ago. The motto for her organization is “Enhancing on the court skills, while creating off the court value”. Her organizations mission is to provide mentorship, tutoring, and athletic training for youth who are generally considered at-risk. Through her organization, she has done motivational speaking in the Chicago Public School system, particularly addressing student-athletes, where she teaches them about the responsibilities of being a student-athlete and the downfalls of peer pressure, enhances their knowledge of the recruiting process, informs them of the opportunities which are available to them through athletics, and more importantly, stresses the utter importance of academics. As a result of her efforts, her ability to speak and connect with young student-athletes, she will be speaking in school districts around the United States starting this fall.
“The sincerest of thanks would like to go out to AAU, travel team, and high school coaches, parents, collegiate coaches, spectators, fans, media, sponsors, and all of those who support the 2016 Best of the Best “Sensational 60” Showcase and all future “Best of the Best” events. Your love and support is genuinely appreciated”.