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Jordan Jones Down to Three
Posted Apr 3, 2007
Moving fast, 2007 sharpshooter Jordan Jones already has cut her list of finalists to three schools.
STORY & PHOTOS BY GLENN NELSON
Moving as quickly as a Collins Hill fast break,
, of the nation's No. 1 ranked high-school team, has reduced her final list of schools from five to three and looks to make a commitment soon.
Jones, the No. 50 overall prospect in the country, according to HoopGurlz.com, signed with Texas Tech during the early period, but asked for and was granted a release after she decided to attend a school closer to home.
The death of an uncle and the serious illness of an aunt prompted Jones' decision to re-open her recruitment.
"I have narrowed it to three schools - South Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest," Jones said. "I have had a chance to visit all three and want to make a decision soon."
Jones, 5 feet 9 and among the nation's top long-distance shooters, visited Wake Forest last week. She dropped Auburn and Purdue from her finalists.
Wake Forest draws interest from Jones, in spite of its 9-20 record this past season, because it is the tallest team in the ACC and is in need of the three-point threat that Jones can provide, plus has a talented guard in rising junior Yolanda Lavender. Jones has connections at the other two schools. She played summer ball with
from rival Stephenson who has signed with South Carolina.
, whom Jones played against at the Nike Tournament of Champions, is at Virginia.
Interestingly, South Carolina and Virginia have Connecticut on their schedules, allowing Jones to reconnect with friend and Collins Hill teammate
Jones, who is away for spring break, said she plans to contemplate her decision upon her return.
"I plan on sitting down with family and my high school coaches to discuss each school and how I see myself fitting into their system," she said. "It will be a difficult decision. Each program offers many qualities that I can see myself being part of for four years."
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is the publisher of HoopGurlz.com and the editor-in-chief of Scout Media (
), an online sports network and magazine-publishing company and subsidiary of Fox Interactive Media. Glenn also founded and coached the Dragons and Northwest HoopGurlz select girl's basketball teams. He previously was a longtime, national-award-winning basketball columnist and writer for The Seattle Times. His work also has appeared in several national magazines and books. He is co-author of "Rising Stars: The Ten Best Players in the NBA" (Rosen Publishing, 2002). He can be reached at email@example.com.
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