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2,000-point career scorer signs with Nuggets
For immediate release . . . May 8, 2007

NEW ORLEANS — Danielle Jones, whose career at Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge, La., included more than 2,000 career points and a 3.92 grade-point average, signed a women's basketball scholarship Tuesday with Xavier University of Louisiana.

Jones, a 5-foot-9 forward, is the Gold Nuggets' third signed recruit for the 2007-08 season, and all are from the Baton Rouge metropolitan area. Previously signed were St. Amant guard Shayla Boyd and Dutchtown forward Johnna Williams.

Jones averaged 12.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for Episcopal this past season and made the Class 2A All-State second team. She was All-Metro and All-District 8-2A, helping the Knights go 29-8 and reach the semifinals of the state playoffs for the second consecutive year.

Her 2,012 career points are third most in school history. She averaged 18 points and eight rebounds per game was first-team All-State as a junior.

In volleyball Jones helped Episcopal win Division IV state championships in 2005 and 2006 and was All-State as a senior.

Jones' aunt, Kay Williams, played basketball for the Nuggets from 1977-81 and was an NAIA All-District 30 selection her senior year. An uncle, Walter Williams, played three games at running back for the NFL's Green Bay Packers in 2004-05.

Jones, who was Academic All-State as a senior, will major in biology/pre-medicine at Xavier.

Xavier was 23-12 this past season and tied a program record by reaching the NAIA Division I National Tournament for the sixth consecutive time.

2007-08 Xavier women's basketball recruits
Name Pos. Ht. Yr.* Hometown High School
Shayla Boyd G 5-6 Fr. Gonzales, La. St. Amant
Danielle Jones F 5-9 Fr. Baton Rouge, La. Episcopal
Johnna Williams F 6-0 Fr. Prairieville, La. Dutchtown
* classification at Xavier in 2007-08.

 

 
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