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Friday June 6, 2008Jordan Jones Joins Women's Basketball Team

Gainesville, FL

 

University of Florida women's basketball head coach Amanda Butler announced that Jordan Jones, the top three-point shooter in the Southeastern Conference last season, will transfer into the Gator program from South Carolina.

 

She is required to sit out the 2008-09 season per NCAA rules for transfers, but will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2009-10 campaign.

 

Jones, a 5-foot-9 guard from Suwanee, Ga., led the Gamecocks in scoring with 13.1 points per game, to rank ninth in the SEC, while her 3.03 made three-pointers per game led the league. Jones canned 97-of-243 from behind the arc during her rookie year to hit at a 39.3 percent clip, the third best in the SEC and 31st nationally. Her 97 three-pointers was a South Carolina record for a freshman, while the nine 3-pointers she nailed during the WNIT first-round win over North Carolina A&T tied the school record and broke the WNIT single-game mark, as her 31 points in that postseason game was a career-high.

 

"We are thrilled to have Jordan Jones join our Gator family," Butler said. "She has the mentality of a champion and already is a proven impact player in the SEC. Jordan is a tireless worker, is passionate about being the best and loves challenges, which is a great combination for a program that's pursing championships. I'm very excited about coaching her and helping her become the best player she can be."

 

Jones played her prep ball at Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Ga., where she was coached by Tracey Tipton. She rated as the No. 50 player in the nation by Sports Illustrated, RiseMagazine and hoopgurlz.com, which also recognized her as one of the top long-range shooters in the country. Jones was a McDonald’s All-America finalist her senior year, when she also garnered first-team All-State by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Sportswriters Association her final year season averaging 14 points per game playing for the No. 1 high school team in the nation.

 

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