Baylor lands ex-Duke guard Jones

Jul. 08, 2014 @ 10:23 PM

Alexis Jones is indeed going to continue her basketball career close to family and home.

Jones, a standout guard for Duke the last two seasons, is transferring to Baylor.

The Irving, Texas, native signed a financial aid agreement and will attend Baylor this year while recovering from the two knee surgeries. Jones will be eligible to play for the Bears in the 2015-16 season and will have two years of eligibility left.

“I enjoyed my two years at Duke but I really just wanted to be closer to family,” Jones said in a statement released by Baylor athletics. “They're really excited about it. They're going to be able to come to a lot more games than they were able to at Duke. I have always admired and respected Coach (Kim) Mulkey, I really feel a connection with her and I feel she can help me take my game to the next level.”

Jones was already familiar with the Baylor program as her former high school teammate, Odyssey Sims, starred for the Bears the last four years. Sims is now a rookie for the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock.

Jones also considered Texas, South Carolina and LSU.

The 5-8 Jones was a second-team all-ACC player for Duke last season as a sophomore. Her season was cut short in February when she suffered a torn ACL in her left knee during a game at Notre Dame. While exploring that injury, doctors determined Jones need surgery on her right knee as well.

The lingering injuries in the right knee were the result of a car accident during Jones’ high school career that left her father paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.

Jones averaged 13.1 points, 5.3 assists 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals a game for Duke last season. She tied school records with 15 assists in a game at Florida State and 10 steals against Notre Dame. She was the ACC Tournament most valuable player as a freshman when she lead Duke to the ACC championship.

Because of her knee surgeries, she wasn’t expected to play in the 2014-15 season. But being away from family while sitting out a season didn’t appeal to Jones. On June 30, she and Duke announced on June 30 that she had decided to transfer.

Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie granted Jones a release from her scholarship, saying that she was saddened but that she supported the decision.

Anticipating that Jones would be unable to play this season, Duke added junior-college guard Mercedes Riggs from Salt Lake City Community College in April. The Blue Devils also have senior Ka’lia Johnson, redshirt freshman Becca Greenwell and freshman Sierra Calhoun in their backcourt rotation.