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Joi Jones was one of 97 players to be invited to the Pro Hoops Combine and one of 61 student-athletes to take part in the WBCA "So you Want to be a Coach" Program in Dallas at the Final Four last weekend.
Courtesy: Clyde Click
Jones Takes Advantage of Opportunities in Dallas
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Wednesday 04/05/2017 (ET)
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BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University women’s basketball senior Joi Jones took advantage of her opportunities over the weekend in Dallas at the Final Four both on and off the court. She was invited to the Pro Hoops Combine and took part in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s “So You Want to be a Coach” program.

Jones, a Duluth, Ga. native, was one of 97 student-athletes invited to the combine looking to showcase their talents in front of coaches from the WNBA and overseas as well as agents. It was a different experience for Jones playing with other players she’s never played with before as well as performing in front of scouts and agents. 

“It was different,” Jones said. “You are used to a particular style of ball in your conference and to play with and against different styles just brought a new feel on the court. I enjoyed it. At the end of the day basketball is still basketball.”

Jones went through different stations and workouts before learning offensive sets with the team that she was on. Her squad went undefeated on the day.

“The chemistry wasn’t difficult to establish,” said Jones. “We surprisingly meshed and flowed really well on the court. Our coach even joked that if we were all at the same college playing, we would have a squad.”

Jones was also one of 61 student-athletes to take part in the “So You Want to be a Coach” program over the weekend. Geared towards aspiring coaches that want to increase their understanding and application of skills to secure jobs in women’s basketball, she spent the day learning from college coaches and developing relationships with those in the business. 

Many college coaches spoke to us at the program, and it really opened up my eyes,” Jones said. “They also mentioned how important it was to network and develop relationships with other professionals. The competencies needed when being a coach and the hard work that it takes makes me have a new respect for college coaching and the amount of dedication that is put into the job.”

Jones ended her college career leaving her mark in the App record books, ranking 15th all-time in scoring with 1,178 career points and sixth with 299 assists. She is one of seven players all-time to rank in the top 20 in scoring and top 10 in assists. 


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