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Female Athlete of the Week
Jada Byrd--REDAN
by Maurice Dixon
January 30, 2014 04:18 PM | 1926 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Back in December, Redan senior Jada Byrd eclipsed the 1,000 point mark and now a rebounding record at the school is a reality as well.

“It’s a rebounding record at Redan and I want to overcome it so since then I’ve been trying to grind and get that,” said Byrd, who said she was less than 40 rebounds away after Friday’s rout of Grady.

The 5-foot-10 Byrd entered the season with a total of 598 rebounds and has an interesting viewpoint of the sport.

“Basketball takes away everything,” Byrd said. “When you are on that court nothing else matters. Everybody disappears. It’s just you, the ball and the basket.”

Before reaching the scoring milestone along with teammates Brea Elmore and Destini McClary, Byrd decided she would play basketball for Xavier University in Cincinnati.

“Choosing Xavier wasn’t just about the coaches or facilities but about the actual players and how they made me feel like I was already a part of the family,” Byrd said.

“Jada is one of the most hard working and gifted student athletes I have ever taught or coached,” Redan girls’ coach Jerry Jackson said. “Her best basketball is ahead of her and I know she will thrive in the Big East.

Byrd has a 3.2 grade-point average and plans to major in child development.

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