Jada Session made her presence known in a major way for the Luella Lady Lions’ basketball team during the 2019-20 season. The 6-foot-1 senior averaged 6.8 points a game, but grabbed a team-leading 9 boards per contest to help the Lions to a 25-6 finish and a 13-2 mark in Region 4-AAAA. Her stats in the classroom are even more impressive, as she holds a 4.0 grade point average and plans to major in biology in college. Session committed to Furman last weekend, and she chatted with Gabriel Stovall about her decision and how she’s looking to improve for her senior campaign.
STOVALL: What were all the schools you were considering and what was it about Furman that set itself apart and made you want to commit there?
SESSION: During my recruitment I was considering Tennessee State, Wake Forest, University of New Orleans, Houston and Georgia Southern. Furman set itself apart because it is setting me up for the life I want to live. I want to be a doctor one day and being at a school that puts academics first is going to help me tremendously. On top of that, the basketball aspect of it is major with it being one of the top mid-major programs in the nation . It’s going to be a great next four years!
STOVALL: How did Furman’s recruitment of you begin? When did you first realize they were interested in you?
SESSION: First, it started when my dad, being my AAU coach, sent out film. It happened over quarantine and I honestly didn’t know anything about Furman. I began talking to the assistant coach, coach Curtis at the university more and more. I first realized Furman was the school for me when it fit all the ideals I wanted in a university. I wanted to go to school near or in a city, I definitely wanted to be out of state and I wanted the right fit.
STOVALL: How and when did you first start playing basketball, and at what point did you realize you were going to be good enough to possibly play in college?
SESSION: When I was younger I used to be around basketball all the time, and I honestly hated it. Then one day I started playing basketball in 6th grade and I’ve never stopped loving it since. I realized I could possibly go to the next level the summer going into my 10th grade. I had a great AAU season and got so many looks that summer.
STOVALL: You mentioned that Luella was a home that you never thought you could have. Why has Luella become so important to you? How has your time at Luella prepared you for the next level?
SESSION: Well, Luella has become so important because since the first day I stepped foot at the school I was welcomed. My teammates have been nothing but kind. My coaches are so supportive and have invested so much into me as a player and person. All the strength, conditioning and 1-on-1 training we get here. My time at Luella has prepared me most of all for the mental aspect of college. Mental toughness is a big part of our program here. If you can overcome the times when you’re ready to give up or ready to crack, you can overcome so much. You have to love the grind, and that’s something I have learned going to Luella.
STOVALL: As you move into your senior season, how do you believe you’ve improved as a player, and what do you feel like this season at Luella could be for you and your team?
SESSION: Going into my senior year I am very confident and understand there is still so much to prove. I’ve had countless people question me as a player, and now it’s time to end the doubt. My role is so much more this year, and I’m ready to take on the challenge. Our team at Luella has so many pieces, and we all just have to play our role . We’re the underdogs this year and people believe the Luella legacy has ended. We are going to show them why they never should have counted us out.