Paradise Jam Tournament

The U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam is a college basketball tournament that takes place in late November of each year, with the men usually playing the week before Thanksgiving and the women playing Thanksgiving week. It normally takes place in St. Thomas at the Sports and Fitness Center on the campus of the University of the Virgin Islands.

Paradise Jam
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SportCollege basketball
Founded2000 (women's), 2001 (men's)
FounderBasketball Travelers, Inc.
No. of teams8 men's teams, 8 women's teams
CountryUnited States
Venue(s)Sports and Fitness Center, University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Most recent
Men: Kansas State
UConn (Reef)
Kentucky (Island)
TV partner(s)
Official websiteParadise Jam

Kansas State is the defending men's champion. UConn and Kentucky are the defending women's champions in the Reef and Island divisions, respectively.

2017 venue changeEdit

The 2017 men's and women's tournaments were moved to the U.S. mainland due to heavy damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The tournament organizers decided to solicit hosting bids from all participating teams in both tournaments, with each tournament intended to be hosted by a school in that specific event.[1][2] The substitute venue for the 2017 men's tournament was Vines Center at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.[3] The 2017 women's edition used two different venues, with the Reef division at the Charles E. Smith Center on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and the Island division at the neutral Titan Field House at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Florida, presumably after no school in the Island division submitted a bid.[4] The tournament moved back to the Virgin Islands in 2018.[5]


The tournament began in 2000 as a women's tournament. In 2001 a men's tournament was added and both have been played every year since 2001. In its current format both tournaments feature eight teams playing three games.

Men's formatEdit

The men's tournament was introduced in 2001 with a six-team, three-game format. In 2006, the tournament was expanded to eight teams playing in a predetermined bracket. All teams play three games with the final day's games determining placement in all positions, first through eighth.

Women's formatEdit

The original women's format was a six-team tournament with teams divided into two groups of three for a round-robin competition. Group standings following the conclusion of the three games decided the entrants to the fifth-place, third-place, and championship games. In 2001, the women's tournament was altered to include three divisions - St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. The following year the St. Croix division was dropped leaving two divisions. Over the years the women's tournament has featured anywhere from six to 10 teams. In 2008, the format was altered to its current form, featuring the Reef and Island divisions with four teams playing in each division. All teams play three games with the final day's games determining placement in all positions, first through fourth in each division.

Past tournamentsEdit

University of the Virgin Islands view from campus

Men's tournamentEdit

Year Champion Runner-Up Score Tournament MVP All-Tournament Team
2001 Miami Clemson 67–65 John Salmons, Miami Ricky Cottrill, Eastern Michigan
Eric Bush, UAB
Rasual Butler, LaSalle
Chris Hobbs, Clemson
Darius Rice, Miami
2002 BYU St. Bonaventure 66–57 Marques Green, St. Bonaventure Mark Bigelow, BYU
Travis Hansen, BYU
Nick Moore, Toledo
Pervis Pasco, Kansas St.
Terry Taylor, Virginia Tech
2003 Boston College Wichita State 84–81 Craig Smith, Boston College Uka Agbai, Boston College
Devin Green, Hampton
Blake Hamilton, Monmouth
Jamar Howard, Wichita State
Rob Kampman, Wichita State
2004 Arkansas Eastern Michigan 82–64 Ronnie Brewer, Arkansas Eric Ferguson, Arkansas
John Bowler, Eastern Michigan
Craig Bradshaw, Winthrop
Zac Schlader, Austin Peay
Izik Ohanon, Saint Louis
2005 Wisconsin Old Dominion 84–81 Alando Tucker, Wisconsin Bryant Dunston, Fordham
Alonzo Hird, Eastern Kentucky
Mike Mercer, Georgia
Alex Loughton, Old Dominion
Kammron Taylor, Wisconsin
2006 Alabama Xavier 63–56 Alonzo Gee, Alabama Justin Ingram, Toledo
Tyler Smith, Iowa
Curtis Sumpter, Villanova
Stanley Burrell, Xavier
Ronald Steele, Alabama
2007 Baylor Winthrop 62–54 Curtis Jerrells, Baylor Aaron Bruce, Baylor
Luke Harangody, Notre Dame
Taj McCullough, Winthrop
Jeremis Smith, Georgia Tech
Jhamar Youngblood, Monmouth
2008 UConn Wisconsin 76–57 Hasheem Thabeet, UConn Jerome Dyson, UConn
Trevon Hughes, Wisconsin
Jack McClinton, Miami
Kemba Walker, UConn
Jeremy Wise, Southern Miss
2009 Purdue Tennessee 73–72 E’Twaun Moore, Purdue Kwadzo Ahelegbe, Northern Iowa
Will Walker, DePaul
Robbie Hummel, Purdue
Wayne Chism, Tennessee
Tyler Smith, Tennessee
2010 Old Dominion Xavier 67–58 Ben Finney, Old Dominion Jeff Robinson, Seton Hall
Larry Anderson, Long Beach State
Demontez Stitt, Clemson
Frank Hassell, Old Dominion
Tu Holloway, Xavier
2011 Marquette Norfolk State 59–57 Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette J.R. Cadot, TCU
Mike Scott, Virginia
Terrance Henry, Ole Miss
Kyle O'Quinn, Norfolk State
Jae Crowder, Marquette
2012 New Mexico UConn 66–60 Kendall Williams, New Mexico Sherrod Wright, George Mason
Lamont Jones, Iona
Shabazz Napier, UConn
Ryan Boatright, UConn
Tony Snell, New Mexico
2013 Maryland Providence 56–52 Dez Wells, Maryland Evan Smotrycz, Maryland
Ian Chiles, Morgan St.
Tyler Harris, Providence
Nate Buss, Northern Iowa
Anthony Ireland, Loyola Marymount
2014 Seton Hall Illinois State 84–80 Sterling Gibbs, Seton Hall Damarcus Harrison, Clemson
Jordan Mickey, LSU
Trey Freeman, Old Dominion
DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell Jr., Illinois St.
Desi Rodriguez, Seton Hall
2015 South Carolina Tulsa 83–75 Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina Dwayne Bacon, Florida State
Juan’ya Green, Hofstra
Khristian Smith, Indiana State
Shaquille Harrison, Tulsa
Mindaugas Kacinas, South Carolina
2016 Creighton Ole Miss 86–77 Marcus Foster, Creighton Cole Huff, Creighton
Deandre Burnett, Ole Miss
Josh Hawkinson, Washington State
Aundre Jackson, Loyola
Dennis Smith Jr., N.C. State
2017 Colorado Mercer 79–70 McKinley Wright, Colorado
2018 Kansas State Missouri 82–67 Dean Wade, Kansas State Henry Coones, Kansas State
Barry Brown, Kansas State
Xavier Sneed, Kansas State
Kamau Stokes, Kansas State
Cartier Diarra, Kansas State

Women's tournamentEdit

Year Division Champion Runner-Up MVP All Stars
2000 N/A Texas Tech Southwest Missouri State Jackie Stiles, Southwest Missouri State N/A
2001 St. Thomas Texas USC Stacy Stephens, Texas N/A
St. John Arizona State Kansas State Amanda Levens, Arizona State N/A
St. Croix Florida State Saint Mary’s Shinikki Whiting, Florida State N/A
2002 St. Thomas South Carolina Boston College Jocelyn Penn, South Carolina Cristina Ciocan, South Carolina
Jessalyn Deveny, Boston College
Becky Gottstein, Boston College
Petra Ujhelyi South Carolina
Shaquala Williams, Oregon
St. John Duke Arkansas Alana Beard, Duke Shameka Christon, Arkansas
LaShondra Dixon, Hampton
Okeisha Howard, Old Dominion
India Lewis, Arkansas
Iciss Tillis, Duke
2003 St. Thomas Virginia Tech Mississippi State Carrie Mason, Virginia Tech Tiania Burns, Mississippi State
Jenny DeMuth, Indiana
Lisa Kriener, Iowa State
Ieva Kublina, Virginia Tech
Tan White, Mississippi State
St. John Southwest Missouri State West Virginia Kari Koch, Southwest Missouri State Kate Bulger, West Virginia
Lesley Dickinson, James Madison
Jenni Lingor, Southwest Missouri State
Alex Stewart, Georgia Tech
Fallon Stokes, Georgia Tech
2004 St. Thomas North Carolina State Louisville Tiffany Stansbury, North Carolina State Marquetta Dickens, North Carolina State
Jazz Covington, Louisville
Missy Taylor, Louisville
Rachael Butler, Hampton
Kiera Hardy, Nebraska
St. John Rutgers Kentucky Michelle Campbell, Rutgers Chelsea Newton, Rutgers
Matee Ajavon, Rutgers
Sara Potts, Kentucky
Shannon Howell, Oregon State
Shannon Schlagel, South Dakota State
2005 St. Thomas Minnesota Virginia Jamie Broback, Minnesota Tiffany Sardin, Virginia
Liz Podominick, Minnesota
Denesha Kenion, Virginia
Lauren Hill, Alabama
Dellena Criner, Nevada
St. John Tennessee Maryland Candace Parker, Tennessee Shanna Zolman, Tennessee
Crystal Langhorne, Maryland
Marissa Coleman, Maryland
Lindsay Bowen, Michigan State
Stephanie Hawk, Gonzaga
2006 St. Thomas Arizona State & Rutgers‡

‡In 2006, the final game was cancelled due to a
family tragedy involving a family member of one
of the Arizona State players.[6]
N/A Amanda Brown, Penn State
Essence Carson, Rutgers
Briann January, Arizona State
Crystal Kelly, Western Kentucky
Kia Vaughn, Rutgers
Emily Westerberg, Arizona State
St. John Marquette Xavier Christina Quaye, Marquette DeWanna Bonner, Auburn
Krystal Ellis, Marquette
Miranda Green, Xavier
Amber Harris, Xavier
Carrie Moore, Western Michigan
2007 St. Thomas UConn Duke Maya Moore, UConn Chante Black, Duke
Tina Charles, UConn
T.J. Jordan, Old Dominion
Ashley Morris, Temple
Candice Wiggins, Stanford
St. John Wake Forest Texas A&M Alex Tchangoue, Wake Forest Jamie Braun, Indiana
Corinne Groves, Wake Forest
Danielle Gant, Texas A&M
Takia Starks, Texas A&M
Kiki Stephens, Wichita State
2008 Reef California South Florida Ashley Walker, California Shantia Grace, South Florida
Alexis Gray-Lawson, California
Wendy Ausdemore, Iowa
Lauren Grief, California
Dominic Seals, Texas Tech
Island Wisconsin Baylor Alyssa Karel, Wisconsin Rachel Allison, Baylor
Rae Lin D’Alie, Wisconsin
D’Nay Daniels, Central Florida
Danielle Wilson, Baylor
Laura Kurz, Villanova
2009 Reef Rutgers Southern Calif. Brittany Ray, Rutgers Chelsey Lee, Rutgers
Brittainey Raven, Texas
Kathleen Nash, Texas
Ashley Corral, Southern Calif.
Armelie Lumanu, Mississippi State
Island Notre Dame Oklahoma Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame Danielle Robinson, Oklahoma
Amanda Thompson, Oklahoma
Valerie Nainima, South Carolina
Melissa Lechlitner, Notre Dame
Jené Morris, San Diego State
2010 Reef Georgetown Tennessee Summer Rodgers, Georgetown Monica McNutt, Georgetown
Glory Johnson, Tennessee
Meighan Simmons, Tennessee
Alex Montgomery, Georgia Tech
Raeshara Brown, Missouri
Island West Virginia Iowa State Liz Rapella, West Virginia Madina Ali, West Virginia
Kelsey Bolte, Iowa State
Helena Sverrisdottir, TCU
Chelsea Shine, Virginia
2011 Reef Michigan Washington State Courtney Boylan, Michigan Jeanette Jackson, Prairie View A&M
Katherine Plouffe, Marquette
Ashley Cook, Washington State
Jenny Ryan, Michigan
Island Alabama Seton Hall Ericka Russell, Alabama Tia Lewis, Old Dominion
Kiara Young, Louisiana Tech
Jasmine Crew, Seton Hall
Jasmine Robinson, Alabama
2012 Reef South Carolina DePaul Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina Sarah Hansen, Florida Gulf Coast
Nicole Hamilton, Hampton
Brittany Hrynko, DePaul
Ashley Bruner, South Carolina
Island UConn Purdue Breanna Stewart, UConn Elizabeth Beynnon, Marist
Sandra Garcia, Wake Forest
Courtney Moses, Purdue
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, UConn
2013 Reef Syracuse Texas Brianna Butler, Syracuse Brittney Sykes, Syracuse
Courtney Walker, Texas A&M
Brady Sanders, Texas
Ariel Hearn, Memphis
Island Duke Kansas Tricia Liston, Duke Elizabeth Williams, Duke
Cece Harper, Kansas
Niki Diguilio, Central Michigan
Shatyra Hawkes, Xavier
2014 Reef Kentucky South Florida Makayla Epps, Kentucky Jennifer O’Neill, Kentucky
Courtney Williams, South Florida
Ivory Crawford, Illinois
Sharane Campbell-Olds, Oklahoma
Island Florida Gulf Coast Wichita State Whitney Knight, Florida Gulf Coast Jenna Cobb, Florida Gulf Coast
Nikki Dixon, Clemson
Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State
Alex Harden, Wichita State
2015 Reef Maryland South Dakota State Brionna Jones, Maryland Kerri Young, South Dakota State
Macy Miller, South Dakota State
Aysia Bugg, Pittsburgh
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Maryland
Island Rutgers Green Bay Kahleah Copper, Rutgers Lauren Moses, Virginia
Kolby Morgan, Tulane
Kaili Lukan, Green Bay
Tyler Scaife, Rutgers
2016 Reef Florida State Michigan Leticia Romero, Florida State[7] Shakayla Thomas, Florida State[7]

Katlelyn Flaherty, Michigan[7]

Hallie Thome, Michigan[7]

Jill Barta, Gonzaga[7]

Island Kansas State UTEP Kindred Wesemann, Kansas State[7] Breanna Lewis, Kansas State[7]

Chloe Jackson, LSU[7]

Raigyne Moncrief, LSU[7]

Jennifer Mathurin, NC State[7]

2017 Reef Syracuse[8] Vanderbilt Tiana Mangakahia, Syracuse[9] Cayla McMorris, Wisconsin[10]

Rachel Bell, Vanderbilt[11]

Kelli Prange, George Washington[12]

Miranda Drummond, Syracuse[13]

Island West Virginia[14] Virginia Tech Teanna Muldrow, West Virginia[14] Aubree Brown, Drexel[15]

Tori Schickel, Butler[15]

Taylor Emery, Virginia Tech[15]

Chania Ray, West Virginia[15]

Future tournament fieldsEdit






  1. ^ "Storm damage forces Paradise Jam from Virgin Islands; host site to be named next week". Associated Press. September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  2. ^ "Paradise Jam Relocated" (Press release). Basketball Travelers, Inc. September 22, 2017. Archived from the original on September 24, 2017. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  3. ^ "Men's 2017 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Relocated to Liberty University" (Press release). Basketball Travelers, Inc. September 29, 2017. Archived from the original on September 30, 2017. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  4. ^ "Women's 2017 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Sites Selected" (Press release). Basketball Travelers, Inc. October 4, 2017. Archived from the original on October 10, 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "2018 Paradise Jam Schedule Set For Men's Basketball - University of Pennsylvania".
  6. ^ "2006 Paradise Jam – Women". Retrieved 27 Dec 2012.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Gardner, James (2016-11-27). "Kansas State, FSU Win Paradise Jam Women's Tourney". St. Croix Source. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  8. ^ "Syracuse Women's Basketball Wins Paradise Jam Reef Division". Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  9. ^ "Syracuse women's basketball sweeps Paradise Jam by beating George Washington". Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  10. ^ "Badgers sink Commodores in overtime". University of Wisconsin. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  11. ^ "Women's Basketball Heads to Saint Louis". Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  12. ^ "Colonial of the Week Presented by Capgemini: Kelli Prange". Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  13. ^ "Orange Host Northwestern For B1G/ACC Challenge". Cuse. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  14. ^ a b "Mountaineers Down Hokies at Paradise Jam - West Virginia University". West Virginia University. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  15. ^ a b c d "West Virginia wins the Paradise Jam title at EFSC". EFSC Titans. 2017-11-25. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  16. ^ "Men's 2019 Paradise Jam Field Announced". November 8, 2018.
  17. ^ "Women's 2019 Paradise Jam Field Announced". May 13, 2019.

External linksEdit

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