For all intents and purposes, Jazmyne Bartee is the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners’ Energizer Bunny on and off the women’s basketball court.
Between the lines, Bartee is a worker. She plays defense, rebounds the ball effectively and runs the floor with a fury.
Off it, she’s a bundle of energy as well. Men’s basketball player Taze Moore compared her to an older sister, while CSUB women’s basketball coach Greg McCall described Bartee as a “Great kid, high energy, great personality.”
“She’s one of those types of kids that you wish you could just bottle up. Then when you need her, take her off the shelf, ‘OK Jaz, I need you for this,’” McCall said. “She’ll give you the shirt off her back. When it’s something for her team, man, she’s there for them. She’s just a great person.”
Bartee, a 6-foot-2 senior center from Chandler, Ariz., said she looks to give effort “In the classroom, on the court, or in the community.”
“I have big smiles. I love to smile, love to keep people laughing,” Bartee said. “If I’m ever down, and I get somebody up, that’s going to make me happy. Making other people happy legit makes me happy. That’s kind of my thing — lift up my teammates.”
Bartee’s infectious attitude resonates throughout the Roadrunners’ athletic program. She’s the spirit leader of SAAC (CSUB’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) and can be seen throughout the year at various sporting events on campus, leading the cheering section and supporting her fellow Roadrunners.
“She tries to keep the crowd hyped, keep herself hyped and stay up,” Moore said. “She’s never at a down moment...I thank her for that.”
Bartee said she enjoys going to all the games, citing specifically volleyball and soccer as particularly fun ones attend. She also said she has a special connection with the CSUB swim team, which is often in attendance with her at games as well.
“A true Roadrunner through and through. Each and every sport,” McCall said. “She’s just the ultimate fan that you love to have in the stands.”
On the court, Bartee has also made an impact. She was a preseason All-WAC second-team selection by the league’s coaches after averaging 8.1 points and 7 rebounds per game last season.
Defense and crashing the glass appear to be her calling card. Last year, Bartee set a single-season record for blocked shots by a Roadrunner (74), and she recorded an eight-block performance against Utah Valley during that historical campaign.
“Primarily, my thing is playing defense,” Bartee daid. “Being on help-side defense, getting those blocks….My ultimate goal is to not let the other team score.”
Said McCall: “A great defender. She can defend on the perimeter, she can defend on the post.”
Bartee, who transferred to CSUB from UNLV two years ago, said she can also dunk a basketball on a 10-foot hoop. While she did it last year during the annual Blue/Gold preseason scrimmage, she said she has yet to do so in a live game. That could change this season, however.
“It’s my senior year. I’ve got to let it out,” she said. “If I get a fastbreak, I have no choice.”
Either way, she’s made an impact on the Roadrunners’ program across the board.
“Never a dull moment with Jaz Bartee,” McCall said, smile on his face. “Jaz is Jaz. That’s all we can say.”