Louisville's Jazmine Jones no stranger to Tallahassee
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Last week when Florida State Women's Basketball topped ninth-ranked Louisville, the Cardinals had someone special in the building: Tallahassee-native Jazmine Jones.
Jones, a former five-star recruit who led FAMU DRS to three state championships, left Tallahassee with multiple awards and honors, including the 2015-16 Florida Gatorade Girls's Basketball Player of the year.
She picked Louisville over Ohio State, Miami, and the hometown Seminoles. But last Thursday, she came home.
Although Louisville lost to FSU 72-65 in a game where the Cardinals held the lead late in the fourth quarter, Jones said she was happy with her performance in front of the hometown crowd.
She finished the game with 8 points and a steal and one of her best nights in a Louisville uniform is a performance she credited to her teammates.
"Yeah, it was kind of personal, but then again, it was my teammates giving me the ball, telling me to keep shooting, attack, and be aggressive," Jones said. "and coach Sam always in my ear telling me to be aggressive and that's what I did."
Jones had some familiar faces in the crowd. The FAMU DRS Baby Rattlers were at the game, cheering her on. While plenty of people at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center were excited to see her, it's safe to say she was excited to come home.
"It was awesome. I love playing here. Of course it's my hometown, I was born and raised here, so coming home to play in front of familiar faces, and fans, it was awesome," Jones said.
Jones and the Cardinal Women's Basketball program were excited for her opportunity.
Louisville coach Jeff Walz said he was very pleased with his freshman's performance and that her hard work this season is paying off.
"She's been practicing a lot, and that's kind of the hardest thing for a freshman to understand, you know, it's not high school. You can't just show up and think you're going to play on game day if you're not practicing," Walz told the media after the game. "But she's really embraced it, she's been practicing well. I thought she played well."
Jones said she's going to continue to grow, and playing 22 minutes of a tough game against the Seminoles will help her do exactly that.
Louisville and Florida State don't face off again in the regular season, but being two of the ACC's best women's basketball programs, it's not out of the question that they could square off in the ACC tournament.