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April 2, 2012

Jonquel Jones journeys to the top

Clemson recruit arrives from Bahamas, transforms her game in coach’s driveway

By Glenn Nelson | Hoopgurlz | Full story link

“The moment that told Diane Richardson just what she had in Jonquel Jones came as a recipe of several seemingly simple but incongruent ingredients:

A pair of gloves.

A pair of scissors.

A driveway basketball court.

A basketball Jones.

Cold hands.


A native of the Bahamas, Jonquel Jones experiences snow for the first time in her life in Ellicott City, Md.

It was late fall three years ago, and a chill already had settled in Ellicott City, Md., an affluent suburb in the Washington-Baltimore corridor. Though only recently arrived from the Bahamas, Jones already had settled into a routine of rushing through her schoolwork and spending most of the rest of the day on Richardson’s basketball court. One day, Jones mentioned to Richardson’s husband, Larry, that the outdoor hoops were putting a serious freeze in her hands.”