Blue Dragon National Players of the Year

EUGENE KINLAW

2008 NJCAA FOOTBALL
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Turning in one of the most dominant seasons ever by a Hutchinson Community College football player, sophomore defensive tackle Eugene Kinlaw was named the 2008 NJCAA National Defensive Player of the Year. The national award is the latest for Kinlaw, who also garnered first-team all-Jayhawk Conference and league Defensive Player of the Year awards as well as first-team NJCAA and JC Grid-Wire first-team All-America honors in 2008.

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KADEEM ALLEN

2014 NJCAA DIV. I PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2014 NABC JUCO PLAYER OF THE YEAR

In the 2013-14 basketball season, Hutchinson’s Community College’s Kadeem Allen turned in multiple scintillating moments and dazzling offensive performances. Allen, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound guard from Wilmington, N.C. who signed with the University of Arizona, earned two national awards for that effort. Allen was named the 2014 NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Player of the Year and also the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Junior College Player of the Year.

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KYLE SIMONDS

2014 NJCAA DIVISION I BASEBALL
NATIONAL PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Kyle Simonds simply had a spectacular All-America sophomore season in 2014 at Hutchinson Community College. The NJCAA named Simonds as the 2014 NJCAA Division I Baseball National Pitcher of the Year, topping off the most accomplished season by any Blue Dragon baseball player in program history.

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SARAH ROTHE

2014 NFCA NJCAA DIVISION II SOFTBALL
NATIONAL CATCHER OF THE YEAR

Offensively and especially defensively, Sarah Rothe turned in arguably the best season by a Blue Dragon softball catcher in program history. Offensively she hit .378 with 11 home runs. Defensively, Rothe fielded .991 and threw out 35 percent of potential basestealers in 2014.

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SHAKUR JUISTON

2017 NJCAA DIV. I PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2017 NABC JUCO PLAYER OF THE YEAR

In 2016, Shakur Juiston led the Blue Dragon men's basketball team to the championship game of the NJCAA Tournament, only to fall short. One year later in 2017, Juiston and the Blue Dragons were NJCAA National Champions. Juiston's tremendous year helped the Blue Dragon sophomore win both the 2017 NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Player of the Year and also the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Junior College Player of the Year.

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MICHAEL HELMAN

2017 NJCAA DIVISION I BASEBALL
NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

From a 25-game hitting streak to batting better than .500 for most of the season to all the Blue Dragon and Jayhawk Conference records he broke in 2017, Michael Helman had one of those 'one for the ages' seasons. Helman was recognized as the 2017 NJCAA Division I Baseball National Player of the Year

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