Maryland women’s basketball starts its season on Nov. 13 against UMass Lowell. Until then we’re profiling every player on the team.
Stephanie Jones, freshman, forward, 6’2, no. 24
Hometown: Havre de Grace, Md
High school: Aberdeen
Recruiting Ratings: No. 53 overall, no. 10 forward, no. 2 player in Maryland
Collegiate Stats: N/A
How did she get to College Park?
The sister of Brionna Jones, Stephanie also attended Aberdeen High School, where she averaged 28.4 points, 12 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game before tearing her ACL in January. She helped lead Aberdeen to a Maryland Class 3A state title her junior year, and teamed up with her sister to win one as a freshman.
She committed to Maryland all the way back in September 2014, choosing the Terps over other top programs Notre Dame, Duke, and Louisville.
Jones was recently cleared to play, but did not see time in either of Maryland’s exhibition matchups. She faces some steep competition for playing time this season, as sophomores Brianna Fraser and Kiah Gillespie should be the first ones off the bench when Brionna Jones needs a breather. IIf that wasn’t enough, Brenda Frese also brought in 6’6 center Jenna Staiti, who was a more highly-touted recruit than Jones.
Expect her to get some minutes in blowouts, but not many in conference play.
What a dream season might look like
After getting cleared, she sees some minutes in non-conference play and impresses Brenda Frese in practice, and sets herself up to take a step forward as a sophomore.
This sophomore scored 15 points in last year’s season opener.
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