Pine River senior to play basketball at Davenport

LETTER OF INTENT: Jamie Justin, with her parents, Paula and Ken Justin at her side, signs a letter of intent last week to play basketball at Davenport University. In back are, left, Davenport coach Mike Williams and Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert. (Herald-News photo/John Raffel)
LETTER OF INTENT: Jamie Justin, with her parents, Paula and Ken Justin at her side, signs a letter of intent last week to play basketball at Davenport University. In back are, left, Davenport coach Mike Williams and Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert. (Herald-News photo/John Raffel)

LEROY – Jamie Justin hasn’t started her senior girls basketball season yet with the Pine River Bucks.

But Justin knows where she’ll be playing basketball after she graduates from Pine River.

Justin recently signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Davenport University, an NAIA Division II school in Grand Rapids.

“I really like the coaches and players,” Justin said. “I also looked at Lake (Superior) State a little bit.”

Davenport second-year coach Mike Williams said he started watching Justin during AAU basketball last spring. He added that Justin fits the program’s style of play “We press the court and push the ball,” he said. “We need people with engines. She has an engine.”

Davenport has had a nationally-ranked program and was the 2011 national runner-up and plays in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.

Justin averaged nearly 16 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.2 steals per game for the Bucks last season while earning all-Highland Conference and all-state honorable mention honors.

“She’ll be a good fit for us,” Williams said.

Justin paid a visit to the campus, which has a new fieldhouse. The fact that the program has had national success was an attraction for Justin.

“Their practices are really intense and they always work hard,” she said.

Justin right now is playing for the Bucks’ volleyball team, with basketball practices start in November.

“I’m glad I made the decision because now I don’t have to worry during the season on where I’ll go,” she said.

Justin will also play softball in the spring but will be playing plenty of basketball to get ready for her freshman season.

As for her basketball team her senior season, “I want our team to go far and do well in the playoffs and have a really good season,” Justin said.

She anticipates playing the two or three position at Davenport.

“I need to get in shape because they really like running,” Justin said. “I need to work on my shot.”

Justin plans on going into nursing or physical therapy at Davenport.

Her mother, Paula (Peterson) Justin, was also a standout basketball player at Pine River and played at Northwood University.