Nov. 17, 2010
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Head coach Joe McKeown announced today the signing of Morgan Jones to the National Letter of Intent. Jones (Altamonte Springs, Fla./Lake Mary) becomes the third member of this year's class, joining Wisconsin native Alex Cohen (Bayside, Wis./Nicolet) and Canadian Karly Roser (Hamilton, Ontairo, Canada/Saint Mary's).
"I think it's a great step for Northwestern basketball to sign one of the premier players in the country," head coach McKeown said. "Signing a player of Morgan's caliber shows the progress we are making in being able to recruit nation wide. She is an outstanding student-athlete who could have gone anywhere in the country and we are very fortunate she chose Northwestern. She is an extremely versatile player who has the Magic Johnson-like ability to play anywhere on the court. She also is an outstanding young lady."
Jones, an all-around athlete who also stars in volleyball, comes to NU as the ninth-ranked player in the nation and the third at her position by Hoopgurlz.com. The multi-sport team captain has been a first-team all-conference honoree in both volleyball and basketball. On the hardwood, she is a three-time selection and an All-State performer last season who is averaging 18.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg and four assists per outing during her high school career. She is also a three-year member of the Naval ROTC as well as a peer mentor who is active in the community, participating in Relay for Life and volunteering at children's hospitals in the Altamonte Springs area.
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Altamonte Springs, Fla./Lake Mary
High School: Ranked ninth in the nation and third at her position by Hoopgurlz.com ... Team captain in both volleyball and basketball ... First team All-Conference in volleyball (one year) and basketball (three years) ... Broke Lake Mary's record for kills as a senior ... Guided the Rams' volleyball squad to the 2010 State Championship game ... All-state for basketball as a junior ...Athlete of the Year in Seminole County as a junior ... Lake Mary Female Athlete of the Year last season ... USA Basketball invitee ... Club team was DEBO and Chicago Hoops Express ... Three-year member of the Naval ROTC ... Peer mentor ... Active in the community, participating in blood drives, Relay for Life and visits to the children's hospital ... High school coach is Rick Weyers ... Chose Northwestern over California, Missouri, Marquette and Michigan.
Born Morgan Marie Jones ... Daughter of Dennis and Gina Jones ... Sister, Tailor, is a sophomore on Northwestern.
High School: 2010 Sporting News All-American ... Two-time All-Conference honoree ... 2009 Street and Smith Honorable Mention All-American ... All-State Honorable Mention 2009 ...Two-time Nike Skills Academy attendee ... Team captain ... Helped Nicolet to back-to-back conference championships (2008-09-2009-10) ... Regional Champions 2009-10 ... KSA Tournament Champions 2009-10 ... A four-star recruit and ranked No. 7 at her position and No. 60 overall in the 2011 class by Hoopgurlz.com ... Ranked 27th in the country by Blue Star Basketball ... Averaged 12.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg and 1.8 bpg during her career at Nicolet ... Helped club team Midwest Elite Platinum to a 50-3 record this past summer ... First team all-conference last year and WBCA All-State selection ... Competed in the 2009 Maccabiah Games ... US Junior National Team (USJN) 17U national champions ... USJN Premier Invitational Champions ... Nike Summer Showcase runner-up ... USJN Summer Final Tournament Champion ... High school coach was Corey Wolf ... National Honor Society ... Three-time Dean's List honoree ... Chose Northwestern over Duke, Stanford, Iowa, and NC State.
Personal: Born Alexandra Shaw Cohen ... Daughter of Karen and Robert Cohen ... Father was an All-American basketball standout at Lawrence University.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada/Saint Mary's
High School: Starter and team captain for the Canadian U17 national team that finished 11th in the FIBA World Championships in France ... Averaged 9.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 1.6 apg during the games ... Helped lead St. Mary's to the Hamilton, ON Catholic Sr. Girls' Basketball Championship ... Plays for Team Ontario and National Elite Development Academy ... Recipient of the Jimmy Rose Award in 2008 along with Ontario Junior Athlete of the Year ... Coached at St. Mary's by Rich Wesolowski ... Four-year honor roll member ... Director's Award for Academic Proficiency 2009, 2010 ... Chose Northwestern over Marquette, Michigan, and Michigan State.
Personal: Born Karly Roser ... Daughter of Dave and Jan Roser.