November 9, 2017 - by
Jones Becomes Latest Piece for Women’s Basketball

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The gradual build of what could be the most heralded recruiting class in Florida State Women’s Basketball history continued to take shape on Thursday evening. Six-foot-2 guard Morgan Jones (Jonesboro, Ga.), an ESPNW Top-100 player, signed her National Letter of Intent with the Seminoles.

Jones, who attends Our Lady of Mercy High School, joins fellow guards Izabela Nicoletti Leite and Amaya Brown as well as power forward Valencia Myers in FSU’s 2018 signing class.

“Morgan is just a special talent who is going to add another key piece to this tremendous class,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “She is an end-to-end player who we feel is going to excel in our system. Over the years Florida State has produced some excellent back-court players, and I think Morgan Jones may be one of the best yet.”

Jones is ranked 64th overall in the class by ESPNW and 19th at the guard position. She is another ultra-athletic player who thrives in transition, a high-riser who is explosive in the open court.

She put together a phenomenal junior season at Our Lady of Mercy in the 2016-17 year. In 20 games played, Jones averaged 29.3 points per game as well as 15.7 boards, all while shooting just over 50 percent from the floor. Her long range game is also strong, as she shot 40 percent (29-of-72) from beyond the arc as a junior.

In addition to her scoring prowess, Jones also dished out nearly three assists per game last season. Her dominant year led her to receiving a first-team selection to the 2016-17 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Georgia Girls Basketball Team – an area rich with amateur basketball talent.

Jones is a two-time Atlanta Journal Constitution First Team All-State performer, receiving those honors following her sophomore and junior seasons.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TIPS OFF FRIDAY NIGHT
The No. 18/14 Florida State begins its 46th season of women’s basketball with its season and home opener on Friday night vs. UNF at 7 p.m. The Seminoles have won 18 consecutive home openers, beginning in the 1999-2000 season (77-70 win over Tulsa).

Friday night’s non-conference matchup is Military and First Responders Appreciation Night. Tickets for all military and first responders are just $3.

Over their last 42 non-conference games played at the Donald L. Tucker Center, the Seminoles are 40-2.

Senior forward Shakayla Thomas is on her way to having one of the most decorated careers in Florida State history. The Sylacauga, Ala., native is rated the 19th-best player in the country by ESPNW and is one of 20 players named to the watch list for the Cheryl Miller Award given to the nation’s best small forward.

The Seminoles enter the 2017-18 season looking to make another big run in the NCAA Tournament. FSU joins UConn, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Baylor, Tennessee and Stanford as the seven Division I programs who have made two or more NCAA Elite Eight appearances since 2015.

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