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22 NaJai Pollard

Awards/Achievements


 -      Most blocks in school history for a career (152)

 -      6th most rebounds in school history for a career (746)

 -      8th most points in school history for a career (1,348)

 -      MEAC Preseason Player of the Year (17-18) 

 -      Preseason First Team All-MEAC (16-17 & 17-18) 

 -      BOXTOROW First Team All-American (16-17, & 17-18)

 -      First Team All-MEAC (16-17 & 17-18)

 -      Maggie Dixon All-Tournament Team (18)

 -      MEAC Scoring Leader (17)

 -      MEAC Rebounding Leader (17)

 -      MEAC Leader in Field Goal Percentage (17)

 -      4X MEAC Player of the Week

 -      3X Defensive Player of the Week

 -      D1 Women's Basketball HERO of The Week (16)

 -      MEAC Rookie of the Year (15-16)

 -      MEAC All-Rookie Team (15- 16)

 -      8X MEAC Rookie of the Week (15-16)


2016-17: Led the MEAC in points (18.6) rebounds (9.8) and field goal percentage (.537) ... Pollard ranked seventh in the Nation with 19 double-doubles… also ranked sixth in the MEAC with two blocks per game… Scored 20 points or more 12 times, including 30 points or more two times…Set a new career high this season, scoring 38 points on 14-17 shooting against Lehigh University… Recorded 20 games with at least 10 rebounds, including a career-best 18 rebound performance against Norfolk State... 15 games with two or more blocked shots... Tied career-high twice this season, with five blocks against Wagner and NJIT… Named MEAC Player of the Week four times… Voted MEAC Defensive Player of the Week two times… D1 Women's Basketball HERO of the Week (Nov 21)… Started all 30 games, totaled 558 points, 294 rebounds, 59 blocks, 39 assist, and 30 steals during the season. BEST Games: Recorded 29 points (11-of-20), 10 rebounds, two blocks and one steal versus Detroit Mercy in 29 minutes of action (Nov. 11)… Posted a career high 38 points (14-of-17), 12 rebounds, and one block, in 31 minutes of action against Lehigh (Nov. 16)… Logged 27 points (12-of-16), 13 rebounds, career high five blocks, one steal, and one assist against Wagner, in 39 minutes of play (Nov. 20)… Totaled 32 points (12-of-16), 11 rebounds, one steal and one assist, in 40 minutes of action against Longwood (Dec. 22)… Recorded 24 points (11-of-17), 11 rebounds, four blocks, and one assist vs. Virginia Tech, in 36 minutes of action (Dec. 30)… Totaled 27 points (9-of-16), 13 rebounds, three blocks, two assist, and a steal, in 40 minutes of action against N.C. Central (Jan.10)… Posted 21 points (8-of-17), career high 18 rebounds, four blocks, three assist, and one steal against Norfolk State, in 33 minutes of action (Jan. 16)… Recorded 28 points (10-of-16), 12 rebounds, three blocks, three assist, and one steal against South Carolina State in 40 minutes of play (Jan. 21)… Posted 26 points (9-of-17), 16 rebounds, three assist, and two blocks against Coppin State in 36 minutes of action (Feb. 13)…  Totaled 28 points (11-of-17) 12 rebounds, four assist, one block, and one steal in 40 minutes of game time against Maryland Eastern Shore (Feb. 25)… Logged 39 minutes of action against Norfolk State in the opening round of the MEAC tournament, posted 26 points, nine rebounds, two blocks, and one steal.

 

 

 

2015-16: Named MEAC Rookie of the Year, becoming the third player in school history to do so... Garnered MEAC Rookie of the Week eight times (Nov. 30, Dec. 14, Dec. 21, Dec. 28, Jan. 12, Jan. 18, Feb. 1, Feb. 22)... Was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Week (Dec. 28)... Appeared in all 30 games, while making 28 starts… Averaged 27.7 minutes per game (831), which was the second most on DSU… Posted 11.6 points (349), 8.3 rebounds (87 off., 161 def.), 1.2 assists (36), 1.0 steals (29) and 1.7 blocks (51) per contest… Her 11.6 points per game average ranked second best on the team and 13th in the MEAC… Led DSU in total points (349), field goals made (138), free throws attempted (103), rebounds per game (8.3 – fifth best in the MEAC), total rebounds (248 – second most in the MEAC), blocks per game (1.7 – fifth best in the MEAC) and total blocks (51)… Shot 46.5 percent (138-of-297) from the field and 70.9 percent (73-of-103) from the charity stripe… Led the Hornets in double-doubles (8)… Scored 15 or more points nine times, including dropping 20 or more four times… Ripped down 11 double-digit rebounds, including a career-high 15 twice… Recorded two or more blocks 14 times, highlighted by a career-high five in DSU’s 88-63 win over Longwood (Dec. 22)… Collected two or more steals nine times, highlighted by notching a career-high three on three different occasions... Dished out two or more assists 10 times, highlighted by a career-high five in DSU’s 84-79 loss at Coppin State (Feb. 15)… Best Game(s): In DSU’s 65-59 loss to William & Mary (Dec. 1), posted 14 points (6-of-10), 10 rebounds, three blocks, two steals, two assists and went 2-for-2 (1.000) from the free throw line in 28 minutes of action… Recorded 13 points (6-of-12), 13 rebounds, five blocks, two steals and one assist in DSU’s 88-63 win over Longwood (Dec. 22) in 33 minutes of action… Totaled 20 points (8-of-9), seven boards, four blocks, two steals, one assist and went a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line in 32 minutes of action in DSU’s 87-86 victory over Howard (Jan. 11)… In DSU’s 66-56 win over North Carolina Central (Jan. 27), recorded 23 points (11-of-15), a career-high 15 boards, four assists and one block in 30 minutes of action… Posted career-highs in points (26), free throws made/attempted (10-of-11) and assists (5), along with recording 12 boards, four blocks and one steal in DSU’s 84-79 loss at Coppin State (Feb. 15) in 34 minutes of action… Totaled 21 points (6-of-9), 10 boards, four blocks, two assists, two steals and went 9-for-11 (.818) from the charity stripe in 38 minutes of play in DSU’s 63-54 loss to Hampton (Feb. 22)… In DSU’s 89-81 win at Hampton (Feb. 29), totaled 18 points (7-of-13), 14 rebounds, two blocks, one assist and went 4-for-5 (.800) from the charity stripe in 38 minutes of action… In DSU’s 79-74 loss to Florida A&M in the opening round of the MEAC Tournament (March 8), totaled 21 points (10-of-16), 14 rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in 33 minutes of action.    

 

High School: Three-year varsity standout in basketball… As a sophomore, averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per contest… Received Richmond Times Dispatch Invitational honors… Was a volleyball All-Conference honoree… As a junior, averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds per game… Earned Second Team All-Metro and 5A South All-State recognition… As a senior, averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds per contest… Was a Coaches Award recipient, in addition garnering First Team All-Metro and All-State honors.

 

AAU/Club: Played two seasons with Crossover Hoops and one season with the Cap City Ballerz.

 

Personal: Born April 26, 1997… Currently resides in Highland Springs, Va… Daughter of Nathaniel and Jakeisha Pollard… Sister to Nathaniel Jr., Nicolas and De’Twan… Majoring in Sports Management with a minor in Recreation Management.

 

 

 

Position: Forward
Height: 5'11"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Richmond, Va.
High School: Highland Springs
Major: Sports Management
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