Jaimik Moore, a former student-athlete who posted impressive stats as a guard for the Jersey Blues and a member of the 2017-2018, 34-0, National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) DIII National Championship men’s basketball team, reminisces about his time and experience at Brookdale.
“Brookdale gave me the opportunities, athletically, that I would not have had elsewhere,” said Moore. “The coaching staff, especially Coach Cisek, taught me much more than just the game of basketball.” The coaching staff taught Moore how to be disciplined to be coached and learn and grow from it. Moore said, “My first year at Brookdale (2013-2014) was my first time away from home. Athletically, we did not complete our primary goal of winning a national championship, but that year helped build my confidence.”
After watching a few of his teammates go on to four-year colleges/universities that year, Moore realized that that could be him. So, after taking a couple of years off for personal reasons, he came back in the 2017-18 year. “That year was by far one of the best years of my life,” said Moore. “Coach Cisek gave me the keys to lead the team to a national championship, and my teammates helped me through the season by telling me, ‘You’re the guy…lead us to victory…takes us home!’“
“The 2017-18 team is incredibly special to me because not only did we complete the mission of winning a national championship (34-0), we all stay connected with each other to this day,” continued Moore. “Brookdale has allowed me to go to places I had never thought I would be able to. I completed my athletic career and continued my education at New Jersey City University. I left Brookdale with a completely different mindset about how I wanted to live my life, and I honestly cannot thank the people at Brookdale Community College who helped me get to where I am now.”
In two seasons as a Jersey Blue, the 6’5 guard from Hackensack High School, NJ, appeared in 55 games, posted 954 points, 325 rebounds, 184 assists, 99 steals, and shot over 80% from the free-throw line. Moore went on to play as a Gothic Knight for New Jersey City University.
In addition to Moore’s impressive stats, he was honored with the following:
Member of the 2017-2018 Undefeated NJCAA Division III National Champion Team
NJCAA Division III First Team All-American – 2018
All-Tournament Team in The NJCAA Division III National Tournament – 2014
First Team All-Region XIX – 2018
Region XIX Division III Player of the Year – 2018
First Team All-Conference Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) – 2018
GSAC Player of the Week – 2013 & 2017
Region XIX Tournament Most Valuable Player – 2014
Men’s Basketball Most Valuable Player at Brookdale’s Annual Jersey Blues Athletic Awards Banquet
Credit article on BCC Athletic website