This is the second part of a two-part story on Trisha Nesbitt and Jaime Printy.
Jaime Printy was having an All-Big Ten year before she went down with a season-ending knee injury against Wisconsin.
Jaime was leading the team in scoring (16.9), steals (2.0) and free throw percentage (.888).
The game was at Wisconsin and I remember listening to it on the radio. There was only 36 seconds left in overtime and Iowa was leading 81-77 when Jaime was fouled.
I knew it was a hard foul but thought she was okay because she was shooting free throws.
When Jaime missed both I knew something was wrong because Jaime rarely ever misses two straight free throws.
The Hawkeyes won the game but Jaime was out for the season.
“I’m feeling good,” said Jaime on her recovery. “I just started jogging a couple of weeks ago so, I’m just trying to get back into the swing of things.”
The Hawks went on that great run to end the season and Jaime was on the bench cheering them on.
“I think my team did a great job,” said Jaime, who made third team All-Big Ten last year. “A bunch of different people stepped up and they really came together. I’m very, very proud of them.”
Trisha has noticed how Jaime has improved on the defensive side of the ball and driving to the basket.
“I think in high school she kind of just depended on that three-point shot,” said Trisha. “She’s gotten so much stronger. That’s given her the ability to get to the rim more.”
Jaime was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in her first season as a Hawkeye.
Jaime was also second team Freshman All-American after setting Iowa freshman records in points (501), three-pointers made (82) and assists (99). She scored in double figures 25 times.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Jaime about her first year. “It was a huge learning experience.”
A couple of players were hurt which forced Jaime into a starting role and she started all 34 games.
As a sophomore, Jaime started all 31 games, was named second team All-Big Ten and honorable mention All-American. She was also Academic All-Big Ten and was named the team’s Most Improved Player.
Jaime also made 32 straight free throws that season, which is one short of the record of 33 held by Lindsey Meder.
Jaime became the youngest player in Iowa history to score 1,000 points. Talk about consistency, Jaime shot 88 percent from the free throw line her freshman year, 86 percent as a sophomore and 89 percent last year. Her scoring average was 14.7 as a freshman, 16.8 as a sophomore and 16.9 last season.
Theairra Taylor came in with Trisha, Jaime and Morgan but redshirted because of knee injuries and has two years left.
“She’s a great player,” Theairra said about Jaime. “You can tell she’s played basketball her whole life. She knows a lot about the game and she has a lot of talent.”
“Trisha is just a born leader,” said Theairra, who thinks this year’s team has a chance to be really good. “Like no matter what the coach needs for us to get done she’s going to make sure it’s done and done in the right manner.”
Jaime was a three-time first team all-state pick in high school and the youngest player (15) to commit to the Hawkeyes.
“I still got letters from some schools but after the word got out that I committed it was nice not to have to be recruited anymore,” said Jaime. Jaime’s career free throw percentage (88.6) is the all time best in the state of Iowa.
She also broke 14 Linn-Mar school records in basketball as well as maintaining a 4.0 grade point in high school.
Jaime’s older brother Jordan had a big influence on her.
“He was two years older than me and when I was little I just wanted to do everything he did,” said Jaime. “He absolutely loved basketball and when we were little we used to type up our workouts on the computer and go through them everyday. We worked out in our backyard and as we got older he helped me work on my game, going one-on-one which helped me get better.” Jordan played basketball at Indiana State from 2008-2012.
Jaime has enjoyed playing with Trisha and Morgan the last three years. “It’s been a blast with those two,” said Jaime. “Trisha and I came in as friends from AAU and when we were freshman we were together all the time. We had class together and that really helped both of us adapt to college. She’s been through a lot of injuries that’ve kept her off the court. Overall she’s been a great leader for our team.”
Jaime hasn’t played in Game Time this summer but should be ready this fall.
“Jaime’s career statistics speak for themselves,” said coach Lisa Bluder. “She is one of the best players in America and I am hoping she will return to the court this November for an outstanding year.”
Trisha and Jaime define the words “student athlete” as well as anyone. Both are Academic All-Big Ten and they have helped lead the Hawkeyes to 61 victories in the last three years and three NCAA tournaments.
This is their last dance and I’m looking forward to them going out and making a run at the Big Ten championship.