Women's basketball picks up top scorer

Published: Sunday, June 1, 2008 at 5:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 1, 2008 at 5:12 p.m.

The SEC's 3-point leader is transferring to Florida.

Jordan Jones, a 5-foot-9 shooting guard who averaged 13.1 points per game as a freshman last season at South Carolina, has announced her intentions to enroll at Florida.

Jones, from Suwanee, Ga., was released from her scholarship at South Carolina after coach Susan Walvius resigned earlier this spring. Jones committed to Florida early last weekend after a visit to Gainesville. She planned to visit Kentucky, Auburn, Georgia and Ohio State, but canceled those plans after visiting Gainesville, according to The Gwinnett (Ga.) Daily Post.

"It's really a program on the rise," Jones told the newspaper. "Coach (Amanda) Butler just finished her first year there. She had the same team that had nine wins the previous season and they had 19 wins this year. She's still not satisfied with that. She's going to do big things there."

In other news, guards Brittaney Thomas and Kerri Simpson have been released from their scholarships and will seek a transfer. Thomas played in 32 games as a sophomore, including seven starts. She averaged 4.1 points. Thomas started and scored 17 points in Florida's season-opening win over Xavier, but saw decreased playing time as the season progressed. She was also suspended for a game and a half due to a violation of team rules.

Simpson played in just 15 games last year as a freshman, scoring five points.

Jones, meanwhile, is expected to provide a huge boost to the Gators who lacked an outside scoring threat last season. Jones led the SEC with 97 3-pointers in 2007-08 and was third in the conference and 31st nationally by making 39.9 percent of her 3-pointers.

Jones tied South Carolina's school record and broke the WNIT record with nine 3-pointers in a 31-point effort against North Carolina AT&T on March 21.

Jones will have to sit out the 2008-09 season per NCAA transfer rules.

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