PHOTOS BY GLENN NELSON
Jordan Jones, a 5-feet-9 shooting guard from Collins Hill High School in Suwannee, Ga., has verbally committed to Kristy Curry’s Texas Tech Red Raiders program. Jones also was considering Georgia Tech, Ohio State and Stanford, among others.
Jones, who has made a name for herself with her seemingly limitless shooting range, is the first confirmed 2007 commitment at Tech for Curry, who left Purdue in the spring. Jones can knock down shots from all over the court and is gets her shot off quickly. She uses screens well and has shown improving ballhandling skills, something she will need to continue to build upon. At 5-9 she will also need to be able to defend both guard spots in the Big 12.
A high-school teammate of Maya Moore, the top player in the Class of 2007, according to HoopGurlz.com, Jordan has good anticipation skills and jumps the gaps well, but will be challenged at Texas Tech to keep the Big 12 Conference’s best guards in front of her defensively.
Jones plays her summer club ball for the adidas FBC Georgia and was part of one of the best high school games of the year – Collins Hill’s heart-breaking overtime loss to Christ the King, the eventual national champs, in the finals of the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix last December.
Carter a Bulldog
Brittany Carter, a 5-9 shooting guard from Newton High School in Covington, Ga. has verbally committed to the University of Georgia and head coach Andy Landers. Carter brings strength and athleticism to the perimeter and finishes strong at the cup. She recently took MVP honors at the Garden City Classic tournament, leading her Georgia Nike Elite squad to a championship with an impressive field that included Boo Williams, DFW Elite and the Orlando Comets.
Carter is the second commitment for the Bulldogs in the 2007 class; Georgia previously received a verbal commitment from Angela Puleo from Blount High School in Maryville, Tenn. Georgia also is in the running for elite 2007 prospects Kelley Cain and Stephanie Gilbreath.
Houston Guard to A&M
Sydney Colson, a 5-8 guard from Westside High School in Houston, has verballed to Texas A&M, choosing the Aggies over LSU and Oklahoma. Colson made an unofficial visit to A&M, then returned for a one-day camp, where she made the commitment. The rocket-propelled Houston Chronicle Player of the Year in 2005 has great handle, very long range on her jumper, finishes with both hands and can go into lockdown mode on defense.
Chris Hansen is the National Director of Scouting for Women's Basketball at HoopGurlz.com and Scout.com. Chris leads the panel that evaluates and ranks girl's basketball prospects nationally for HoopGurlz, Scout.com and Full Court Press (www.FullCourt.com). Chris has been involved in the women’s basketball community since 1998 as a coach, trainer, evaluator and reporter. He can be reached at email@example.com.