ALBANY — Several of the top junior college women’s basketball teams from around the country will gather in Albany today for the Southeast JUCO Jamboree at Darton State College.
The Lady Cavs, Albany Tech, South Georgia Tech and Andrew College will be among 28 teams participating in the event, which begins at 10 a.m. and includes 42 games in a span of 11 hours.
“We have had several college coaches tell us that this has turned into the largest JUCO event in the country,” Darton women’s basketball coach Lea Henry said.
Henry hosted the jamboree last year and welcomed 18 teams, but this year’s involvement is the biggest in the history of the event and features national powerhouses Chipola (Fla.) College, Lawson State (Ala.) Community College and Florida State College out of Jacksonville.
There will be four games being played simultaneously on four different courts, and admission to the jamboree is $7 per person.
Henry said she expects up to 150 coaches and recruiters from every level of college basketball to be in attendance.
“This gives all of us an opportunity to play against competition outside of ourselves before the season starts, but mainly it gives our players a chance to get exposure,” Henry said.
Darton plays at 11 a.m. against Chipola, 3 p.m. against Lawson State Community College and 7 p.m. against Florida State College.
Albany Tech plays at 10 a.m. against East Mississippi State Community College, 2 p.m. against Chattahoochee Valley Community College and 5 p.m. against Shelton State Community College.
South Georgia Tech plays at 10 a.m. against Shelton State, 1 p.m. against East Mississippi State and 5 p.m. against Wallace State Community College.
Andrew College plays at 10 a.m. against Chattahoochee Valley, 2 p.m. against Wallace State and 6 p.m. against Tallahassee Community College.