LakePoint, Ga. - In the first ASUN Beam Video Series, the conference features student-athletes across the ASUN that have made an Impact in the classroom, in competition and in the community. Throughout the spring, the ASUN will feature two student-athletes from each institution that epitomize the conference's beam of Impact.
Jacksonville's Kayla Gordon has impacted the Dolphins' program through her leadership and contributions on and off the court. Her attitude on making an impact every day has made her one of the leaders and role models at Jacksonville. As a 1,200 point scorer in high school, Gordon was an impact player long before ever stepping foot on campus at Jacksonville. It was something that was evident to former JU head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin.
"We were just starting out and we needed impact players. I remember watching her play at an AAU tournament and asking the power five schools if they were recruiting her. When they said they were unsure, I locked right in and asked her to be part of building something special here and I think she's done that," said McPhee-McCuin.
From the jump, Gordon has done exactly that. She was named ASUN Freshman of the Year in 2015, after leading all freshmen in rebounding at 7.4 RPG. In her sophomore season of 2015-16, she helped the Dolphins to an upset win over FGCU in the ASUN Championship Final and earned the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance. This past season, she helped Jacksonville reach the ASUN Championship Final and a berth in the WNIT for the second-straight year. She also broke the program career-record for rebounds and became the only 1,000 point/1,000 rebound player in JU history.
In the classroom, Gordon puts the student in student-athlete and takes her academics very seriously. Coach McPhee-McCuin says Gordon has a heart attack anytime she receives a B. As a kinesiology major, she carries a 3.3 GPA and has maintained over a 3.0 in five-straight semesters. In the fall of 2016, Gordon registered a team-high GPA of 4.0. While at JU, Gordon has participated in SAAC and served as Treasurer. During the 2016-17 season alone, Gordon and her teammates provided a total of 338 hours of community service. She is set to graduate next month.
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