Lady Seminoles Adds 2011 Florida Standout Morgan Jones

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ( – Florida State head women’s basketball coach Sue Semrau announced the addition of Northwestern transfer Morgan Jones on Wednesday.

Per NCAA transfer rules, Jones will have to sit out the 2012-13 season, but will have three years of eligibility remaining for the Garnet and Gold.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Morgan to our Seminole family,” Semrau said. “She is a true game changer. Morgan is one of the most versatile players I have ever seen. The minute she steps on the floor, she will have the ability to be one of the top players in the ACC. Her return to the state of Florida will be a catalyst for other great players to also join the Garnet and Gold, and once again propel us to the top of the conference.”

The versatile 6-2 guard averaged 13.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 3.3 apg, and was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the media for the Wildcats in 2011-12. She started 29 of 30 games and averaged 33.6 mpg, while also capturing Big Ten All-Freshman honors and earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week four times. She tallied season highs of 27 points and 11 rebounds versus NC State on Nov. 30 and reached double figures in scoring in all but six games, including five 20-point performances.

Jones starred at Lake Mary High School, where she was a McDonald’s All-American, WBCA All-American and the No. 9 ranked player in her class by ESPN HoopGurlz. She was a three-year captain and nabbed The Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida Player of the Year award and 6A Player of the Year honor by the Florida Dairy Farms in 2011. During her senior season in 2010-11, Jones averaged 13.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 4.1 apg and 2.9 spg for the 6A state runner-up Rams. She scored 30 points in Lake Mary’s state final win in 2010.

Jones, who was the Lake Mary Female Athlete of the Year her senior year, was also a first-team all-conference performer in volleyball and set the Rams’ record for kills.

Jones is the daughter of Dennis and Gina Jones, and she plans to major in marketing at Florida State.

When she takes the court, Jones will pair with rising junior forward Natasha Howard to give the Seminoles a potent 1-2 punch of former McDonald’s All-Americans and Top-10 national high school prospects.

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