Wolf Pack's Redmon finishing crazy career strong

Jade Redmon is calm, cool and calculated on the basketball court.

"I've been in the college game for a little bit," says Redmon, a 6th year senior guard for the Wolf Pack.

"Her pull-up jumper for her is kind of her money shot," says Nevada head coach Amanda Levens.

On her favorite shot: "One-dribble pull-up," says Redmon. "It's like a layup to me."

"She's just a tremendous competitor," says Levens.

"I'm comfortable. I have experience. I know what I can do."

Though for how steady and smooth Redmon's game is, her career as a whole has been anything but.

"This is completely opposite of how I envisioned my four years of college basketball to go," she says.

The Spokane, Washington native was meant to be an athlete. Her dad Fred played football at Washington State. Her mom Shaney is one of the Cougars' best-ever track stars.

"I knew my dad was a good athlete," says Redmon. "I didn't know my mom was an All-American until I got to high school."

"All the energy they put into themselves, and all the energy they put into us. They put us on the right path."

Jade and her older sister Jazmine tried virtually every sport, falling in love with basketball. Together, they played for a state title in high school. Jade a freshman, Jazmine a senior.

"She's always been my role model and someone I can look up to," says Jade. "Having her there was great."

So when Jazmine stayed home and began what would be a stellar career at Gonzaga, Jade hoped to soon reunite - this time inside The Kennel.

"That was my first choice coming out of high school. I just wanted to play another year with my sister. It was so much fun. That was definitely my goal."

But as Jade won a Washington State championship her senior year at Mead High School, an offer to stay home never came.

"I thought I was going to go there, too. I really wanted to go there. I always showed interest. Always went to their camps. Always really supported the program."

Forced to scramble up a Plan B, Jade eventually stayed close to home and joined Eastern Washington. But after two years in Cheney, a change was needed.

"It just wasn't fun," Redmon remembers. "The game of basketball wasn't fun for me anymore."

Fresh off surgery for a torn labrum, Jade headed west to Oregon and the university of portland. but she'd never play a game for the pilots.

"When I got there, they just weren't really helping me out with my rehab and stuff. I didn't really know what to do. It was my first time getting the surgery."

Just after school started, Jade left Portland for home, and soon committed to join the Wolf Pack. But her shoulder problems continued when she arrived in Reno.

"It was just coming out all the time," says Redmon. "It was getting pretty bad to where if I was walking it was sliding in and out."

Two more surgeries later and now Jade's shoulder is finally holding strong - as is her game. Leading a young Wolf Pack squad, the 6th year senior is finishing her career with her best ball.

"If I was going into a game of all the players I've coached, I would want Jade on my team to go into a game."
"I hate when someone tries to make me look bad, I hate when someone scores on me. I'm completely focused on what task I have to take care of. I just want to win."

A simple, yet never easy task. Especially when things didn’t go the way you had planned - or where you had planned.

"I feel I've experienced more this way that'll help me later on in life that I would've had I never gotten injured."

"I always saw myself staying close to home and just being the hometown kid," says Redmon. "Being able to play in front of people I know and my family."

"It didn't work out, which is fine. I think I made a name for myself."