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Jamie Kaplan

School

Tulane

Position
Point Guard
Major
Neuroscience

Classroom

Jamie Kaplan has excelled in the classroom, posting a 3.8111 cumulative GPA. Over the years, she has accumulated several academic awards: three-time Conference-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll, two-time C-USA Academic Medalist, 2014 C-USA All-Academic Team, and the 2014 First-Team Capital One Academic All-District 6. She is an active member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and has gotten involved with multiple programs extending her learning beyond the classroom: the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine’s Administration of Concussion Screening/Baseline Testing; independent study utilizing the Montreal Cognitive Assessment through which she collected normative data on patients with and without brain injury; and the National Football League Player’s Association concussion research. Kaplan has also taken the team to shadow/observe multiple doctors at Tulane University at Lakeside Hospital, taking in ACL, wrist and shoulder surgeries, along with general patient assessment and intervention. Kaplan has taken the necessary steps off the court to set up a successful career. Her Honors Thesis is titled “Comparing the effects of ADD/ADHD and mild traumatic brain injury on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment in high school and collegiate athletes.” Kaplan is applying to Medical School for the 2019 class and will pursue a career in the medical field with the goal of being an MD.

Character

Kaplan displays leadership on a daily basis as the captain of the Green Wave squad. She also has taken a position on the student-athlete advisory council. Kaplan also pushed through a major obstacle by overcoming reconstructive knee surgery in order to obtain a full athletic scholarship. The increased level of her work ethic can be seen both on and off the court, whether she’s raising her scoring average from 5.0 ppg to 11.6 ppg like she did last season, or spending her summers interning with neurologists or local doctors to enhance her knowledge and further her career.

Community

Raised in Florida, Kaplan has viewed New Orleans as a home away from home, getting more involved in the community every year. She’s participated in the Final Four Day of Service and twice with Renovations and Remodeling in continued efforts to help the area recover from 2006. She has volunteered at the Tulane Cancer Center and the Touro Infirmary Public Service Emergency Department. She’s worked well with local kids, tutoring students at Banneker Elementary School and partaking multiple times in Shadow-a-Student-Athlete-Day. Since 2013, Kaplan took a position on the Student Athlete Advisory Council, where she serves as a representative for the team in the athletic department and organizes community events (Renew Cultural Arts, NFL Youth Education Town, Youth Rebuilding New Orleans and the Second Harvest Food Bank to name a few). Finally, in late October, Kaplan will be working on an initiative called Shut Out Trafficking, which is about creating awareness for human trafficking and how to spread knowledge on the subject.

Competition

To compliment Kaplan’s academic pride and dynamic character off the court, she’s also the biggest impact on the Green Wave on the court as well. Kaplan is coming off of a 2014 season in which she earned Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention honors and was named Second-Team All-Conference USA and Second Team All-Louisiana, primarily thanks to breaking the school assist record with a total of 209. In fact, Kaplan’s 6.7 assists per game ranked seventh in all of the NCAA in 2014, and her 432 career assists rank third all-time at Tulane. Kaplan also has the opportunity to reach the prestigious 1,000 career point club as a senior. Since her freshman season in 2011-12, Kaplan and her fellow three seniors have posted an overall record of 67-31 (.684) and have accounted for 47.1 percent of the team’s scoring total. In addition, Kaplan has helped the team to three straight 20-plus win seasons and three consecutive trips to the WNIT postseason tournament.