Jasmine Cincore turned a weakness into a strength, and that’s the biggest reason she’ll play for Nebraska women’s basketball in two years.
Cincore, a 5-8 combo guard from Briarcrest Christian High School near Memphis, has made an oral commitment to Nebraska for the class of 2014. The junior averaged 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals a game in leading her team to a 27-2 record in 2012-13. For her efforts, she was named Tennessee's Miss Basketball for Division 2-AA.
Her high school coach, Lee Smith, said early in her career Cincore struggled with outside shooting.
That’s not a problem anymore.
“I thought at one point her jump shot might be her weakness,” Smith said. “She worked hard and has proven that’s not going to be a weak point for her. I think she fits in really well at Nebraska. At this point I’m not sure they realize what kind of player they’re really getting. She’s not afraid to lead and she wants to be challenged. Their style of play -- getting up and down the floor, playing hard on the defense end -- those are the things Jas has been taught to do here at Briarcrest.”
The Husker coaching staff first saw Cincore play last summer. The recruiting effort was led by assistant coach Shimmy Gray-Miller.
“The coaching staff can definitely develop me as a player and a person,” Cincore said. “They had everything that I wanted school-wise. I want to major in broadcast communications. They had a real family feel. It felt like home.”
Last season the Briarcrest Saints took a 26-game winning streak into the state playoffs before falling in the semifinals. Cincore plays AAU ball with Team Tennessee Glory and was a 2012 Elite Basketball Academy Fab Five Camper.
“She’s a very fine basketball player,” Smith said. “Nebraska’s getting a better person than they are a basketball player, to tell you the truth. She’s a combo guard who can play the point. She’s very strong, a good decision maker on the floor and she’s tough. In my opinion, Jasmine is a very intelligent basketball player.”
Cincore said she also considered offers from Michigan, Kansas State, Georgia State, Auburn, Memphis and Clemson.