May 12, 2016
CARROLLTON, Georgia -- West Georgia Tech sophomore forward Jacky Jones has signed with Life University, becoming the second WGTC women's basketball player from this year's squad to transfer to a four-year college.
The Marietta native will become part of the Life University women's basketball program's inaugural team and will play for Anthony Maxwell, a former Life University men's basketball All-American who previously served as assistant coach for the school's men's basketball team for the past five years.
"It is exciting to see another one of our student-athletes transfer to play at a four-year institution," said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. "Jacky Jones was a star player for the Golden Knights, but more importantly she is a great person. I know that she will do well at the next level and I represent everyone here at West Georgia Tech in wishing her well in her future endeavors."
"I want to personally thank Jacky Jones for playing with the kind of effort that was so fun to watch over the past two years," said West Georgia Tech Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Tonya Whitlock. "Life University is getting a special player, both athletically and academically."
Jones, one of five West Georgia Tech sophomores, was a catalyst for this year's run to the NJCAA Tournament and the Final Four. She led West Georgia Tech in both points per game (10.6) and rebounds per game (11.1) while averaging just 19.1 minutes per contest in West Georgia Tech's unique 15-player rotation. She shot 48.8 percent from the field.
Jones was named to the NJCAA Division III Women's Basketball All-America Second Team and was the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) Player of the Year.
Nationally, Jones finished the year ranked eighth in the country in total rebounds (354), and fifth in defensive rebounds (220) -- both remarkable numbers considering she averaged less than 20 minutes per game.
She helped lead the Golden Knights to a 26-7 record this past season and a No. 4 national ranking.
As a freshman, Jones started 21 games and averaged 7.6 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per contest.
In her last game wearing the Black and Gold, Jones scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a 60-57 loss to Mohawk Valley in the NJCAA Tournament's Third Place Game.
Jones leaves West Georgia Tech as the school's top rebounder, with 625 over her two-year career.
"Jacky Jones played an integral role in the success of our program over her two years at West Georgia Tech," said former WGTC head coach Kenny Edwards. "Jacky made a great choice to continue her basketball career at Life University and I know that she will be a great player and team leader for coach Maxwell."
Edwards stepped down as West Georgia Tech's head coach in late April to pursue other career opportunities.
Jones returns to her hometown of Marietta for the final two years of her collegiate career. Life University's athletic department has seen tremendous growth recently, with the addition of 12 sports over the last four years, including women's basketball.
The Running Eagles will play in the Mid-South Conference, one of the premier NAIA conferences.
Maxwell recruited Jones to join his inaugural squad with the expectation that she will bring experience and leadership to his team.
"We are super excited about the addition of Jacky Jones to the Life University program," Maxwell said. "She brings experience and a toughness that will be needed in the Mid-South Conference. She is a double-double machine, with national tournament experience. I also love the fact that she's a local kid from Marietta High School."
Jones is the second West Georgia Tech sophomore to transfer to a four-year school. Sydnee Clark signed with Talladega College more than two weeks ago.
"Jacky Jones and Sydnee Clark continue a longstanding tradition of West Georgia Tech student-athletes transferring to four-year colleges and universities to further their athletic and academic careers," said West Georgia Tech Athletics Director Todd Pratt. "We wish them both well and thank them for their contributions to our women's basketball program and the athletic department as a whole."
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