Haley Jones, a member of the 2019 recruiting class and the number one ranked player in it, has committed to play for the Stanford Cardinal. This is a monumental get for the storied program.
Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike.
These are a few of the names who have been members of the Stanford Cardinal. By the same token, these players have gone on to have tremendous careers playing for the program. With this in mind, Haley Jones looks to etch her name in with these skilled basketball players.
On Wednesday, the top high school prospect in the 2019 recruiting class, hailing from Archbishop Mitty High School, made the decision to play for the Cardinal next season. Equally important, Tara VanDerveer’s squad now has the No. 2 recruiting class in the country. Along with Jones, Ashten Prechtel, Francesca Belibi and Hannah Jump have all chosen to commit to Stanford.
Haley chose Stanford over UConn, Notre Dame, Oregon, and South Carolina.
“It will be great to be a part of a program that is always up there competing for national championships,” declared Jones in a phone interview with Katie Barnes of espnW. “Playing for a coach like Tara, who is a Hall of Fame coach, is going to be a great experience.
Haley Jones is the first No. 1 prospect to sign with Stanford since 2010. Chiney Oqwumike was the last No. 1 prospect to commit to the university.
The 6-foot-1 guard is a versatile player who can rebound the basketball and deliver off the dribble consistently. Also valuable to note, she can shoot from anywhere on the basketball court and has a high basketball IQ.
Jones sees this as more than just a decision to play basketball.
“This is more than a four-year decision,” Jones said to Barnes. “The degree means so much, going to Stanford.”
Last season, Haley Jones averaged 21.8 points, 10 rebounds and 4.1 assists as a junior for Archbishop Mitty. As a result, Jones was named the California Gatorade Player of the Year and was an All-American. She then would play for the USA U17 basketball team in the FIBA U17 World Cup along with Belibi.
To put it another way, Jones is a successful and talented basketball player.
On the contrary, this is the third straight prospect UConn was not able to earn a commitment from. Aliyah Boston, the No. 3 prospect, chose to play for South Carolina. Also, the No. 2 recruit Jordan Horston has committed to play for Tennessee.
“It was a really hard process, especially making the phone calls to the other schools I didn’t choose.” Jones said to Barnes. “These are the coaches that I have the strongest relationships with; calling them was really tough. It would have been easier if I didn’t vibe with the coaches or players, but all of these schools are so great and I had a great relationship with everyone that I met.”
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