While Tulane senior Jamie Kaplan has certainly made achievements on the basketball court, she’s also been active serving the New Orleans community.
For these efforts, Kaplan is one of ten finalists for Premier Sports Management’s Senior CLASS Award. Voting lasts until March 23 and the winner will be announced during the Women’s Final Four.
Kaplan, along with Adesuwa Ebomwonyi, Danielle Blagg and Tiffany Dale, will be honored during senior day when Tulane’s women’s basketball team plays Memphis on Saturday at Devlin Fieldhouse.
“When I first heard that I was in the top 30, I thought that was an awesome accomplishment. I didn’t think I would actually get down to the top 10 in the nation,” Kaplan said. “So when I heard that, it was extremely humbling. It’s a very special award. And just to be in the group of people that have the other 10 in there, it’s extremely cool. Even if you don’t win the whole thing, it’s amazing just to be a part of it.”
While she enjoys the recognition, the senior from Melbourne, Florida said serving the community has been something she likes to do.
“I don’t do things because of rewards. Just to do all this stuff and then get recognized for it, that’s what’s really cool about it,” Kaplan said. “You do it because you want to help the community, you want to help your program and your school. Then to get acknowledged for it, that’s a good little reward on the side.”
Kaplan’s activities include volunteering at the Tulane Cancer Center and the Touro Infirmary Public Service Emergency Department. She has tutored students at Banneker Elementary.
Kaplan amassed 503 career assists this season and became the second player in the program’s history to go over 500.
“As a point guard, obviously you always look to pass the ball. You want to get your teammates involved somehow, and as a point guard, that’s how you do it. I never thought about career assists or anything like that coming into it. As the seasons went on, I realized I’m an assist maker. I’m a playmaker,” Kaplan said. “Probably, it wasn’t until this year, that I realized that I could probably break this record. That was a nice accomplishment. Again, I didn’t go into it thinking about that, it just kind of happened.”
For coach Lisa Stockton, Kaplan has been a coach on the floor and someone who is comfortable in a leadership role.
“The communication between Jamie and I during the game is great. We’ve worked together for so long. We know what each other’s thinking. That’s always a nice thing when you have a senior point guard to run the team,” Stockton said. “You look at her assists and that is an amazing accomplishment when you talk about how many great players have played here. Just being able to create shots for other people is a skill like no other skill. That really shows a little bit of the type of player she is.”