Thursday, June 21, 2012
Byers’ Rubin signs with Illinois college
By BARRY BURLESON
Dominique Rubin lives three minutes from H.W. Byers High School. She will go to college eight hours away, in Olney, Ill.
“It will be a new experience with a new set of teammates,” Rubin said. “I’m excited and nervous, too. I’m looking forward to meeting new people.”
The recent Byers graduate signed a basketball scholarship Thursday with Olney Central, a two-year community college.
She comes from one of Mississippi’s winningest high school programs. Coach Jason Thompson’s Lady Lions have won four state championships the past five seasons, including back-to-back crowns in Class 1A.
“Coach Thompson has prepared me for this,” Rubin said. “He has motivated me to do better and work harder every day. He told me if I love something, I won’t stop. He pushed me to take it (basketball) further than high school.”
Rubin averaged five points, two steals and two assists per game for the Lady Lions last season. The “sixth man” played about 15 minutes per game. She also recently played in the Northeast Mississippi All-Star Game at Itawamba Community College in Fulton.
“She’s a great competitor,” Coach Thompson said. “She’s a tremendous team player – not selfish. She wants the team to be successful and does whatever it takes in practice and the game to make that happen.”
Her top skills, he said, include defense, drilling the three and hitting free throws.
“She will play defense on the other team’s best player,” Thompson said.
He called her an outstanding role player.
“She doesn’t mind coming off the bench,” he said. “She stays within herself and plays accordingly.
“She’s just a great kid. She will do her work on the court and in the classroom.”
Thompson said Rubin was noticed by a member of the Olney Central coaching staff while she was playing AAU Basketball in a tournament in Indiana.
“They were there evaluating talent,” he said. “The coach called me and I told the coach she could play at that level.
“She will always give you 110 percent.”
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