GW Women's Basketball Adds Two Transfers to Roster
Jan. 3, 2013
WASHINGTON - A pair of high-profile transfers will join the George Washington women's basketball program in the spring semester, head coach Jonathan Tsipis announced today. Six-foot-4 freshman forward Jonquel Jones and 5-foot-5 sophomore point guard Lauren Chase will be eligible to play following the Fall 2013 semester.
Both players attended high school at Riverdale Baptist in Upper Marlboro, Md., where they were coached by current GW assistant coach Diane Richardson.
"We are very excited that JJ and Lauren are becoming members of our GW women's basketball family," said Coach Tsipis. "They will be great ambassadors to the university with their academic and athletic abilities, as well as their contagious personalities. We are excited for them to get started here this spring and look forward to wonderful experiences they both will have at GW."
Jones averaged 9.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game - ranking fourth in the ACC in rebounds and blocks - in eight games for Clemson this fall before announcing her intent to transfer. She shot 48.3 percent from the field and recorded four double-doubles with career highs of 17 points and 14 rebounds against South Carolina State on Dec. 9, her final game with the Tigers. Prior to the season, Jones was named to the ACC Preseason Newcomer Watch List by both the ACC head coaches and the Blue Ribbon Panel.
A native of Freeport, Bahamas, Jones came to the U.S. in high school and led Riverdale Baptist to a 35-2 record, a National Christian High School championship and a No. 6 ranking in the POWERADE FAB 50 in her senior year. The 6-4 wing player, ranked as the No. 17 overall prospect in her class by ESPN HoopGurlz, averaged 15.7 points and 15.6 rebounds and was named Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year and Washington Post All-Met Player of the Year. Jones was also selected to play in the 2012 WBCA All-America Game and was a McDonald's All-America nominee.
Jones will have three years of eligibility remaining.
"JJ will be a wonderful addition to our program with her size and versatility," said Coach Tsipis. "She is a basketball junkie who is constantly working on her game. She will be capable of a double-double on a nightly basis and will cause mismatches for us. She can play inside and out and will be a force on the defensive end, as well. Coming from a winning tradition at Riverdale, she understands the mentality of hard work and toughness."
Chase was named the America East Rookie of the Year last season at UMBC after averaging 8.4 points and 4.6 assists in her inaugural collegiate campaign, leading the league in assists and ranking second in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2), and she helped lead the Retrievers to the 2012 America East title game for just the second time in school history. This year Chase was averaging 13.0 points and 4.3 assists through eight games before announcing her intent to transfer. In her career, the 5-5 point guard has recorded three double-doubles of points and assists, including a 22-point, 10-assist effort against Coppin State on Nov. 14.
A native of Bowie, Md., Chase was a three-time Washington Post All-Met honorable mention. She averaged 13 points and six assists per game in her high school career and was rated as the No. 57 point guard in her class by ESPN HoopGurlz. She led Riverdale Baptist to the No. 1 ranking in the Washington area and No. 20 in the nation as a junior.
Chase will have two years of eligibility remaining.
"Lauren will have an opportunity to help us at the point guard position after her experiences at UMBC," said Coach Tsipis. "Lauren achieved Rookie of the Year status last year and continued to improve her game this season. She has a great feel for the game, and I think she will continue to develop her point guard skills under the watchful eye of (associate head coach) Megan Duffy and Diane Richardson."
Jones and Chase will join Shannon Cranshaw, Hannah Schaible and Caira Washington, who signed National Letters of Intent in November, to form Coach Tsipis' first incoming class in 2013-14.
GW (6-7) completes the non-conference portion of its schedule on Sunday, when it visits North Carolina A&T at 6 p.m.