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Jordan Jones of Texas A&M women's basketball on Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List

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As the Texas Aggies have reached the point where they are 14-4 on the season and 4-0 in the SEC, individual players have captured national attention with their stellar play on the court. Aggie point guard Jordan Jones was named to the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List on Jan. 15, 2014.

The list of nominees is compiled by The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, who looks for the same qualities in point guards nationwide that remind them of “the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills of Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman.”

In the Aggies’ win over the University of South Carolina, Jordan had 16 points and had 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Jones has benefited from the coaching of Aggies’ Assistant Coach Amy Wright, of whom Coach Blair says, “called every play for Arkansas for the four years she played point guard for him.” And just this week, Sydney Colson, one of two talented point guards (together with Sydney Carter) on the Aggies’ 2011 National Championship team joined the coaching staff as a graduate assistant to contribute her experience as well. Undoubtedly, Jones will benefit throughout her career from these two talented point guard specialists.

The full player list of nominees was shared by Texas A&M Athletics and is a veritable who’s who of women’s basketball players across the country, many of whom are juniors and seniors with two more years of play, thus enhancing Jones’ nomination even more.

2014 Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List

Player - School
Kacie Cassell - Akron
Calli Berna - Arkansas
Odyssey Sims - Baylor
Brittany Boyd - California
Bria Hartley - Connecticut
Senee Shearer - Detroit
Chelsea Gray - Duke
Jerica Coley - FIU
Yashira Delgado - Florida State
Damika Martinez - Iona
Samantha Logic - Iowa
Lexie Brown - Maryland
Valencia McFarland - Mississippi
Ashley Deary - Northwestern
Tiffany Bias - Oklahoma State
Fantasia Hilliard - Sacramento State
Keena Mays - SMU
Amber Orrange - Stanford
Natasha Cloud - St. Joseph’s
Jamierra Faulkner - Southern Miss
Ariel Massengale - Tennessee
Jennifer Newsome - Tenn.-Martin
Jordan Jones - Texas A&M
Andola Dortch - Toledo
Joanna Harden - Troy
Jennifer Schlott - Utah State
Chelsea Douglas - Wake Forest
Rebecca Henricson - Western Illinois
Dequesha McClanahan - Winthrop

From the Watch List, 20 players will be chosen in February, and the top five will then be assessed by March, with the winner being announced during the Final Four weekend. Jordan, or “JJ” as she’s affectionately known, has been averaging 28.3 minutes playing per game, is a 78.6% free-throw shooter, and on the season has 6 offensive and 54 defensive rebounds and an impressive 108 assists and averages 6.9 points per game. Jones is definitely one to watch this season, for many reasons.

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