BOULDER -- Even as she still waits to receive her high school diploma, Lena Jaycox already is overcoming a familiar hurdle in a collegiate basketball career that has yet to begin.

Jaycox transferred to Boulder midway through her prep career after playing for two coaches in two seasons at Mountain Vista. She went through the exact same scenario in two seasons at Boulder, and it seems a new situation will not alleviate an old problem for Jaycox.

While Jaycox signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to continue her career at Adams State College, she will not play for the coach that recruited her, as Grizzlies head coach Kelly Kruger was relieved of her duties last week after seven seasons. The fallout, however, didn't faze Jaycox, as the girls basketball player of the year is eager to continue playing close to home regardless of who Adams State selects as its next women's basketball coach.

Boulder’s Lena Jaycox will continue her hoops career with the Adams State women’s basketball team.
Boulder's Lena Jaycox will continue her hoops career with the Adams State women's basketball team. ( DAVID R JENNINGS )

"The only other option I had was to go JuCo and then maybe transfer to Division I after. But I didn't really want to transfer in between years," Jaycox said. "We're going to get a new coach, but that's all the same. It wasn't anything bad. I just really liked the place. It's close to my family and a lot of my games will be up this way."

Playing in a different system every year never slowed Jaycox on the court. This past season she averaged 18.2 points, a mark that ranked second in Class 5A and 10th overall in the state. Jaycox started every game of her four-year prep career and recorded 10 20-point games for the Panthers during her senior season.


Also signing a letter of intent Wednesday during a ceremony in the Boulder library was baseball pitcher Kevin Flores. Flores will pitch for Trinity University, a Division-III program in San Antonio, Texas.

"It kind of came down to three schools for me -- Trinity, Augustana in Illinois, and Colorado Mesa," Flores said. "I kind of knew I wanted to go to Trinity when I visited. I really liked San Antonio and the campus. It's a small school, but I didn't really mind because everyone was so friendly when I was there."

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