Eighty-Three UGA Student-Athletes to Graduate Friday
2010-11 Season ◊ Fifth-year senior forced to not play her final season in Athens due to chronic injuries. ◊ Spent the 2010-11 season serving as color analyst for radio broadcasts of Lady Bulldog Basketball. ◊ Set to receive two bachelor's degrees from UGA in May 2011 - Management and Consumer Economics.
2009-10 Season ◊ Hindered during the pre-season with a hamstring injury. ◊ Started both the exhibition win over Clayton State and the season opener against Oklahoma. ◊ Saw action in 30 of 34 games. ◊ Posted a season-high six points - and matched her total of three-pointers in the first 16 games combined - during extended action at Vanderbilt. ◊ Continued her upswing of contributions on the two-game road trip to Vanderbilt and Arkansas. After averaging 0.8 ppg in 9.3 mpg in the first 16 games of the season, scored 5.5 ppg in 17.0 mpg against the Commodores and Razorbacks...and hit three threes on the trip vs. two in the first 16 games combined. ◊ Started at Auburn, at Florida and at South Carolina...interestingly, her eighth, ninth and 10th career SEC starts vs. just two non-conference nods.
2008-09 Season ◊ Scored her first points of the season on an athletic board and stickback against Alabama State in the season opener. That seemed to put her at ease and greatly increase her confidence. Said Rhoden: "That game really helped me get my confidence back...it felt like I was really back from my injury. For the first time in a long time, it just felt right." ◊ Played in front of family and friends during games against Oakland and Detroit. Her dad (Tony), mom (Jennifer) and older brother
(Marlon) were at the win over Oakland. Two days later, a busload of about 50 family - including the three aforementioned, her other brother (Justin) and her maternal grandmother - chartered a bus across the border to Detroit. ◊ Olive Campbell, her paternal grandmother who lives in Brooklyn, saw her play for the first time in person at Rutgers on Dec. 8. ◊ Stellar in road ACC contests, scoring a career-high 13 points against Georgia Tech and chipping in nine first-half points on a trio of three-pointers at Virginia. ◊ Notched her first career start against South Carolina on Jan. 11. ◊ Sprained her right ankle in the second half against Auburn and then missed the Mississippi State game. Returned to action thereafter but played through pain at times during the rest of the season.
2007-08 Season ◊ Saw action in 17 games, serving primarily as back-up at point guard. ◊ Actually saw her first competitive action since injuring her knee in 2006 while playing for the Canadian National Team at the 2007 U19 World Championships in Slovakia. ◊ Marked the third time in a span of four summers that Rhoden played for a Canadian National Team in an international competition. ◊ Saw action in all eight games the Canadians played en route to their ninth-place showing at the 2007 U19 World Championships. ◊ Had a procedure shortly before the Lady Dogs' pre-season practices began in the fall to address unresolved issues from the earlier arthroscopic procedure. ◊ Gradually worked herself back to full speed and saw her first game action at Georgia in the second half of the Southern Cal game on Nov. 24 in the championship of the Junkanoo Jam. ◊ Made an immediate impact with a steal and lay-up just 34 seconds after checking into the contest. That bucket gave Georgia a lead the Lady Bulldogs never relinquished the rest of the way. ◊ Notched her first double-digit scoring output in an extremely efficient (4-of-7 FGs and 3-of-4 3FGs) outing against Mercer. ◊ Calmly knocked down a pair of free throws with the Lady Bulldogs leading by eight with 51 seconds left of their SEC Tournament first-round win over Alabama.
2006-07 Season ◊ Was a medical redshirt in 2006-07 after she tore the anterior cruciate ligament and the lateral meniscus in her right knee in the spring of 2006. ◊ Underwent arthroscopic surgery on May 18 to correct the damage from that setback. ◊ Was fully cleared at mid-season and practiced with the team without limitations thereafter. ◊ Showed the abilities - most notably as an aggressive defender - to become a contributor.
High School ◊ Coached by Ron Douglas at London Central Secondary School. ◊ The premier prospect coming out of Canada in the Class of 2006, who equally impressed Andy Landers with her desire and her game during the recruiting process. ◊ Member of the 2004 Canadian Junior National Team which earned a bid to the 2005 FIBA 19-under World Championships in Nabeul, Tunisia, and then competed for Canada in the 2005 World Championships as well. ◊ Led Team Ontario provincial teams to 2003, 2004 and 2005 Canadian Championships in their respective age-group competitions. ◊ In 2003, was the leading scorer and was named MVP at the 15-under national championships. ◊ In 2004, voted a first-team all-star at the 17-under Canadian Championships. ◊ In 2005, when the tournament was part of the Canada Summer Games, again was the event's leading scorer, this time in the 17-under division. ◊ A three-time MVP and captain of her team at London Central, earning and serving as such in 2003, 2004 and 2005 (girls' basketball is a fall sport in Ontario). ◊ As a senior at London Central, averaged 27.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals while leading the Golden Ghosts to a 27-9 record. ◊ Also paced London Central to a runner-up finish in the Class AAA Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association (OFSAA) Tournament. ◊ Averaged 27.8 points in five games played at the 2005 OFSAA Tournament. ◊ Led London Central to Western Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (WOSSAA) Championships as a sophomore in 2003 and a senior in 2005. ◊ Recipient of the 2005 Fran Wigston Award as the top graduating girls' basketball player in the Thames Valley Region. ◊ Georgia's second-ever recruit from Canada. The first was Angie Ball (1997-2000), a native of Scarsborough near Toronto who went on to play both in the WNBA and overseas in Italy and France. ◊ Received a prestigious Harry Jerome Award for athletics, which is presented to outstanding and inspirational African Canadians.
Personal ◊ Born June 9, 1988, Jaleesa is the daughter of Tony and Jennifer Rhoden. ◊ Majors: Management and Consumer Economics. ◊ Recipient of the Andy Landers Women's Basketball Scholarship for 2006-07. ◊ Recipient of the Tom and Jeannette Greeson Women's Basketball Scholarship for 2008-09 and 2009-10.