Je'Kel Foster is a leader by example on the court. His hustle, desire on defense and never-give-up attitude earned him a starting role down the stretch in 2004-05. His scoring abilities from the 3-point area will compliment Ohio State's inside game with senior center Terence Dials. Experience and the addition of guard Ron Lewis also should benefit Foster on the offensive end of the court in 2005-06. Foster is one of two first team NJCAA All-American's on the Ohio State roster this season. Sylvester Mayes, a transfer from Redlands (Okla.) Community College, was named a first team All-America at guard by the NJCAA last season.
An Overview Je'Kel Foster, a 2004 NJCAA Division I First Team All-American, played his sophomore season at Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla. He played his high school ball at Natchez (Miss.) High School.
As a junior college player, Foster played for Chris Jans at Howard Junior College in Big Spring, Texas, as a freshman ... there he helped his team to a 30-2 record before moving on to Chipola with Jans ... Howard was ranked as high as No. 2 in the NJCAA during the 2002-03 season and finished No. 15.
In his freshman campaign, Foster averaged 15.3 points and 5.4 rebounds, both team highs, while leading the team in scoring 16 times ... was the squad's top rebounder in 10 games ... his 30 points against Mountain View was the team's season high scoring output in a single game ... he also led the team with 12 field goals in a single game and had a team season high with six made 3-pointers in another contest.
For the 2002-03 season, Foster connected on 182-of-388 field goals (.469), 79-of-199 attempts from 3-point range (.397) and 47-of-67 foul shots (.701) ... he also contributed 82 assists and a team best 77 steals.
At Chipola, Foster was the 2004 Florida Junior College Player of the Year and the 2004 Florida Junior College Tournament MVP.
He averaged 17 points, 5.5 assists and 5.1 rebounds while making 44 percent of his 3-point attempts (91-221) and 83 percent of his foul shots (108-129) for a team that finished with a 32-5 record a year ago ... Chipola finished sixth in the 2004 NJCAA postseason tournament.
as a Junior Ohio State is 11-2 when Foster makes 3 or more treys in a game and 10-1 when he reaches double figures in scoring.
Career best 20 points, all after halftime, in double overtime loss at LSU (1/15/05) ... made 6 of 7 3-pointers vs. the Tigers.
12 points on 5 of 6 shooting along with career-best 4 steals vs. Portland State (12/11).
Lifted Buckeyes to a home win over Penn State (1/26/05) with 4 of 5 effort from 3-range (14 pts.)
12 points on 4 of 7 shooting from 3-point range in home win over Iowa (1/8/05).
Grabbed a career-high 7 rebounds in win over Texas Tech (12/16) ... tied that effort vs. PSU (1/26).
Came off the bench the first 20 games of the season but made starts in the last 12 outings ... made 1st start at Northwestern Jan. 29.
Played 25.6 minutes a game.
Contributed 43 steals and 78 assists.
Does the little things necessary to win ... doesn't force shots.
Comes up with loose balls ... not afraid of contact.