July 12, 2012
Altamonte Springs, Fla., native Morgan Jones opted to return closer to home after a year at Northwestern where she boasted all-around averages of 13.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Luckily for the Seminoles, the 6-2 former McDonald’s All-American guard decided to attend Florida State this summer after transferring from the Wildcats. Jones, who was ranked the ninth-best player in the country in the 2011 class, will have to sit out the 2012-13 season per NCAA transfer rules. However, she will team with fellow former McDonald’s All-American Natasha Howard to help form one of women’s hoops’ most talented lineups in 2013-14.
Below is the first installment of “You Oughta Know” – a video interview series featuring FSU women’s basketball players.
On returning to the state of Florida and transferring to FSU:
“It was really important to me to play in front of my family. They’re very important to me. My sister (Tailor) went to the University of Florida actually, and it wasn’t the best experience for her. I love Coach Sue (Semrau). I got coached by her out at USA Basketball a little bit. I loved her coaching style. She’s watched me play ever since the eighth grade and recruited me all the way through. I really think she values my game. And I value her coaching.”
On what she will look to improve during her redshirt season:
“Being able to kind of sitback and see the game from a different point of view will help my game tremendously, and build more of a love for it. I will work on little things that you don’t notice when you are in the game…learning on the fly, paying attention to detail, and improve on that type of stuff.”
On what other sport she would be playing if she wasn’t competing in hoops:
“I love volleyball. I played volleyball throughout high school. I played club volleyball in middle school. I had to choose when I got to high school, but volleyball is a fun sport and I love it.”
On the importance of being a team player:
“I think one of the best parts of my game is I like to share the ball. I like to get people open. It makes me feel better … to lay my teammates out a pass or an assist then to make the layup or whatever the case may be. I think that makes me a pretty good team player. I enjoy building relationships with the other girls, and knowing that it’s bigger than just what goes on, on the floor. We’re all females, and that’s a big part of being successful is having good team chemistry.”