Athletes of the Week: Liberty Jamison & Cameron Wise

Athletes of the Week: Liberty Jamison & Cameron Wise

This school year, we’re giving our weekly honorees a chance to show off their teammates

Liberty Jamison | Paxton-Buckley-Loda girls' basketball

Why she's Athlete of the Week: Jamison came up huge for the Panthers en route to their first Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament crown since 1998. After tallying eight points in a semifinal victory over Cissna Park, the senior went off for 21 points against then-unbeaten Watseka. The last two came on converted free throws with less than a minute to play, breaking a 39-all tie.

From Jamison: "I think we're all very, very excited. It's kind of a crazy thing. We knew going into it that Watseka is a very good team, but we also knew we're a good team as well. I think we were a little underestimated going into it."

I need tickets to see ... a Chicago Bulls game. I'm actually going to one in March against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

One movie I could watch over and over is ... "Trolls." It's a super-cute movie. I watched it for the first time when I was babysitting this summer.

If I could choose one superpower, it would be ... to fly. I spend a lot of money on gas right now.

The social media platform I use most is ... probably Twitter. I think it's the fastest way to find information anymore.

My biggest pet peeve is ... snoring. I cannot sleep if anybody is snoring in the same room as me.

My favorite basketball memory is ... getting to play with these girls (at PBL). They're all very special to me, and I love them all so much.

My most embarrassing basketball memory is ... probably missing a wide-open layup. It's definitely very, very embarrassing.

Before a game, I ... typically listen to music and do my shooting routine. I pretty much always eat mashed potatoes before a game, so the night before my mom makes me mashed potatoes. It's my favorite food, and when I eat them, I play better.

After a game, I ... chill with my teammates on the bus, reflecting on what I need to do to get better.

In five years, I see myself ... working in a hospital. I'm going to school to be a nurse.

Honorable mention: Emma Blomberg, St. Thomas More basketball; Kyla Carson, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond basketball; Tiffanie Elliott, Westville basketball; Madison Filkin, Clinton basketball; Anna Jennings, Cissna Park basketball; Hadley Pruitt, Argenta-Oreana basketball; Shoentera Russell, Centennial basketball; Brooke Sobkoviak, Milford basketball; Carsyn Todd, Salt Fork basketball; Emily White, Sullivan basketball


Cameron Wise | Oakwood boys' basketball

Why he's Athlete of the Week: The senior came up big with his deep-shooting touch as the Comets won their first Vermilion County Tournament title since 2004. Wise sank five three-pointers, including the eventual game-winning shot with 11 seconds to play, as the Comets dispatched Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin in the semifinals. He then nailed three treys in the title game versus Salt Fork.

From Wise: "I was pretty confident during our tournament. ... It just felt good to finally win a county tournament. It's been pretty crazy because our senior class, we have never won a county (title), and it's all we've wanted to do since we were little."

I need tickets to see ... a Los Angeles Lakers game. They're young and exciting.

One movie I could watch over and over is ... "Coach Carter." I just love the storyline.

If I could choose one superpower, it would be ... being able to fly. I could just go anywhere I wanted at any time.

The social media platform I use most is ... Instagram. I only have that and Snapchat; I don't have a Twitter.

My biggest pet peeve is ... I don't really have one.

My favorite basketball memory is ... winning county. Just because it's something we've always wanted to do.

My most embarrassing basketball memory is ... probably the Tuscola game last year at Parkland. We were tied with 1.6 seconds left, and I got fouled on a three and missed all three free throws. Then a teammate went over the back, they made two free throws and that was it.

Before a game, I ... other than my normal shooting routine, nothing else. I go around the free-throw line and the block and each dash line, just working on off-the-dribble stuff and getting comfortable with my surroundings.

After a game, I ... on a Tuesday, pretty much nothing because we have school the next day. But other days I go out to eat, usually at Buffalo Wild Wings.

In five years, I see myself ... I'm not sure. I want to go to college somewhere for two years to play basketball, then go into my major.

Honorable mention: Daniel Alston, Judah Christian basketball; Camden Coleman, Uni High basketball; Dwight Colvin, St. Joseph-Ogden wrestling; Jacob Donaldson, Ridgeview basketball; Brendan Fletcher, Watseka basketball; Boden Freeman, Mahomet-Seymour wrestling; Luke Luffman, Urbana wrestling; Wes McDermith, Cerro Gordo/Bement basketball; Cody Richardson, Tri-County basketball; Benton Singleton, Monticello basketball