U of L women's signee "loves' visit

North Babylon, N.Y., High School guard Brianna Jones, who has signed with the University of Louisville, made a visit to the KFC Yum Center on Sunday. Jones chatted with Cardinal Authority about her visit and her season.

Brianna Jones, one of five five-star members of the University of Louisville's Class of 2015 recruiting class, has been to U of L several times.

And she made a return on Sunday, watching the Cardinals down Virginia in a game before over 11,000 fans at the KFC Yum! Center.

The 5-foot-10 Jones made the trip with her father and said she left as happy as ever, knowing she will return in June to enroll.

"I love it," Jones said. "When people keep telling me the crowd is crazy and the fans are great it's one thing but then when you go there and see the people are serious.

"It's even better than they say it. It's great. In some ways, it's better than the men's games because the players stay after the game and do autographs, and they are around. The fans are great and I can't wait to get there."

Jones, whose high game this season is 36 points and 21 rebounds on Dec. 18, is averaging 28 points and 9.3 rebounds a game for North Babylon.

A consensus top-50 prospect nationally, Jones ranks No. 23 by ProspectsNation.com and No. 43 by HoopGurlz.com. She's a candidate for McDonald's All-American.

"It was good to be there watching them," Jones said. "It helps out a lot to see them play – it clears up the image of trying to see myself fitting in there and helping out the team. It was a fun game to see and it helped me."

Jones said she has been keeping in touch with the other members of what has been called the No. 1 recruiting class in the country - Asia Durr, Taja Cole, Erin DeGrate and Samantah Fuehring. The five had a group chat last week when news came out that all five had been nominated for McDonald's All-American honors.

"We text each other all the time," she said. "We stay in touch. It's the biggest honor somebody can give you - the No. 1 class. It's a lot of pressure but I think players like us take it as a challenge. We're going to all have fun."


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