Jazmine Jones is taking her game and energy to New York City.
2020欧洲杯正规平台The former Louisville and FAMU DRS star guard was selected 12th overall by the New York Liberty in Friday’s WNBA Draft.
Jones is believed to be the second player from Tallahassee to be selected in the league’s 23-year history. Former Florida and Florida High center Dalila Eshe was a second-round selection by the Seattle Storm in the 2006.
Jones was one of two Louisville players selected in the three-round draft.
She will joined in New York by forward Kylee Shook, the first selection in the second round and 13th overall. The duo will see another familiar face on the team in former Cardinal Asia Durr, drafted second overall by Liberty in the 2019 draft.
"There’s just no better picture,” said Jones, who watched the virtual draft with teammates in Louisville.
2020欧洲杯正规平台“Me and Kylee have been together four years straight and we have grown so tremendously with our relationship off the court and on the court. And with me and Asia, it's a one-two punch, honestly. We've been close since my freshman year. I’ve learned so much from her.”
Prior to the draft, Liberty coach Walt Hopkins said he was impressed by Jones’ “high upside.”
2020欧洲杯正规平台Jones, a 6-foot guard, was named All-ACC first team this season after averaging 14.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.5 steals. Her mid-range jump shot, defensive versatility and energy had caught the eye of pro teams.
“Jaz has some high upside. She’s athletic. She can shoot the 3 at a high clip," Hopkins said earlier this week. "Doesn’t shoot a ton of them, but is a really high-character person.”
2020欧洲杯正规平台Jones said: “I think I can bring a high-energy, high-volume player with a motor."
ESPN had projected Jones as the No. 35 overall pick, while The Athletic had her at No. 32.
Jones was part of senior group that concluded its career as most accomplished class in program history with records for wins (125) and winning percentage.
Jones was a two-time state champion at FAMU DRS, finishing with more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Congratulatory messages directed at Jones flooded social media following her selection.
2020欧洲杯正规平台"So happy and proud!," FAMU DRS coach Ericka Cromartie posted on Facebook. Roy Howard, athletic director at Crossroad Charter Academy, posted, "I knew when I first saw her play, I think it was 8th grade. I knew it then. I use to tell her dad she has WNBA written all over her."
2020欧洲杯正规平台According to SI.com, Jones has already signed a contract with Tarbes Gespe Bigorre, a professional French women’s basketball team. Jones plans to leave for France in August if the WNBA doesn't play its season this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 12-team WNBA plays from May to October.
Jones has the opportunity to become the first player from Tallahassee to play in the league. While Eshe – a fourth-year assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at LaSalle - was drafted by the Storm, she never played in the WNBA due to injuries.
Eshe also spent time in camp with the Washington Mystics in 2007 and the Atlanta Dream in 2008.
2020欧洲杯正规平台She continued her professional career overseas as a top-10 rebounder and scorer in Turkey’s top international league from 2006-09.
2020欧洲杯正规平台Jones, meanwhile, admitted to being emotional when selected by New York.
2020欧洲杯正规平台“It’s crazy,” Jones said of joining Durr and Shook in the pros. “It’s gonna be a Card Nation reunion in New York, right?”
-- Louisville Courier Journal contributed to this report.
LOUISVILLE:2020欧洲杯正规平台 3-year starter at UL played the most games (144) in program history, breaking mark shared by Myisha Hines-Allen and Shoni Schimmel (142). Capped career with All-ACC First Team, ACC All-Defensive Team, and All-America Hon. Mention (WBCA) honors as senior. Part of senior group that concluded its career as most accomplished class in program history with records for wins (125) and winning percentage. 2019-20: Ranked 2nd on team in points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game for No. 4 ranked Cards.
PREP2020欧洲杯正规平台: 2015-16 Florida Gatorade POY. 2x state champ finished career with more than 2,000 pts, 1,000 rebs, 500 assts, 500 steals. PERS: Parents Reginald & Felicia Jones. Dad played football at Florida A&M and for Dallas Cowboys; brother Reginals, Jr. played at Florida International; sister GiGi played hoops at Appalachian State and Jacksonville.
-- Bio compiled by WNBA
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