ROCKFORD (WREX) - East basketball player Kabrea Jamerson is our new WREX Athlete of the Week. Jamerson scored 45 points in a double overtime loss to Guilford last week, and followed that up with a 38 point effort in a win over Jefferson at the Rumble in the Rock. She recently surpassed the 1,000 point mark in her career, and she credits the hard work she's put in to reach this point.
"Skill development and that's what you need to become a great player," Jamerson said. "Skill development and all the little things turn into the big things."
She does big things on the court in memory of her late father, Joshua Jamerson.
"This is who I do it for," she says. "After I lost him I wanted to give up."
His death in a New Year's night shooting three years ago nearly derailed Kabrea's hoop dreams.
"I knew that's not what he wanted," Jamerson said. "He always wanted me to go to college to play basketball and it kept me going."
A picture of her and her father adorns her pregame warm-up shirt.
"It reminds me what I'm doing this for, who I'm doing this for," she said. "That's all my why."
It's why she keeps his memory alive with the ball in her hands.
"I try to imagine him sitting on the sidelines right there yelling and keeping me going," Jamerson said. "He always had this sign. It said turn up, start playing harder. This isn't enough. Keep going."
Keep going. It's what Kabrea Jamerson does everyday, no matter how hard it is without her father. But she keeps his memory alive and believes that she has an angel watching over her.