By Madisen Carter
Haley Jones played in her last collegiate basketball game with the Stanford women’s team on March 19th, 2023. In the four years of hard work, dedication, grit, perseverance and grind, Jones has accomplished many achievements in her collegiate career from being a PAC-12 Tournament MVP, to PAC-12 Player of the Year to being an NCAA Tournament Champion. Jones leaves an extraordinary legacy on Stanford’s women’s basketball program, and she said that championship legacy was rooted in sisterhood.
The Stanford Women’s Basketball team finished the 2022-23 season with an overall record of 29-6 and was able to enter its 35th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. While flying through the first round of the tournament with a win of 92-49 over Sacred Heart, their season came to an end in the second round against Ole Miss with a score of 54-49.
Jones finished the season with a total of 474 points, 314 rebounds and 140 assists, while she averaged 13.5 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. She had 24 double-digit scoring games, and in her final season, Jones was honored as an All-American and All-Pac-12 by Coaches and Media.
Throughout her career at Stanford, Jones had many memorable moments and games including dropping a triple-double during her Junior year when the team defeated Portland 77-55. Her triple-double was the team’s first in 19 years. In the 118 games played, Jones finished her career with a total of 1,535 points, 889 rebounds and 396 assists. She also recorded a total of 107 blocks and 90 steals.
Jones leaves Stanford as an NCAA Champion, a three-time Pac-12 Champion, a two-time Pac-12 Tournament Champion, a two-time NCAA Tournament Final Four All-Tournament Team and plenty more. Outside of her college career, she is a two-time gold medalist as she won a gold medal with the United States at the FIBA U17 World Cup in Minsk, Belarus in July 2018 and at the AmeriCup in June 2021. Jones said her favorite memory from her career was winning the National Championship.
“So then winning a National Championship, three Pac-12 Championships, 2 Pac-12 Tournament Championships; so I have a lot to be proud of for my Stanford career. It's hard to feel that way right now, but I know at some point that will hit and sink in. I'm happy with my time at Stanford and the relationships I've made that are going to carry on past my playing days here. I've made a lot of great friendships. Yeah, I think my time at Stanford, I have a lot to be proud of,” Jones told reporters on Sunday following her final game with Stanford according to Forbes’ writer Howard Megdal.
Jones is projected by ESPN to be drafted in the first round 2023 WNBA Draft that is set for April 10th. Jones said her game will change as she transitions to professional play as she will add more range to her game while still keeping versatility.
Jones posted to her Instagram account early this week, “Thankful for my years at Stanford. Thankful for my people, without you I wouldn't be who I am. Thank you for continuing to keep me grounded and hungry. Ready for the next chapter.”
Here at UPB, we are beyond proud of Jones and everything that she has accomplished in her four years with Stanford. We are excited to see what the future holds for the Champ!
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