MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Former Miss Michigan Basketball finalist and Detroit Public Schools Player of the Year Lorreal Jones has joined the Central Michigan women’s basketball program after deciding to leave Saint Louis prior to her senior season.
Jones, a 6-0 forward, will sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules and be eligible for her final season of competition at the beginning of the 2014-15 campaign.
A four-year star at Detroit Renaissance, Jones was an All-State and All-Metro selection as a senior before heading to Saint Louis for three seasons where she started 84 times. Jones left the Saint Louis program fifth on the career rebounds list with 689 and led the Billikens in scoring (11.0), field goals (119), field goal percentage (44.2), rebounds (233), rebounding average (8.3) offensive rebounds (93), free throws made (70) and free throws attempted (113) last season.
Jones’ 233 rebounds during her junior season were the 10th best mark on SLU’s all-time single-season list and third on the Billiken’s single-season chart for juniors. The Detroit native started 84 of 88 contests while at SLU, averaging 8.7 points and 7.8 rebounds while shooting 41.5 percent from the floor during her three seasons.
“We are very happy to add Lorreal Jones to our program,” head coach Sue Guevara said. "She is a versatile player and a rebounding machine. We had a program changing class a few years ago and its almost as if we are adding another piece to that. We want to continue to win championships with our style of play and Lorreal's skill set will allow her to excel in our system."
The Chippewas are coming off a season in which they claimed their first Mid-American Conference title since 1984 and earned a No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament. CMU has posted 20-plus wins each of the last three seasons and will return seven players that played 10 or more minutes last season, including All-MAC First Team, WBCA Region 4 All-America Candidate and USA World University Games team member Crystal Bradford.
Jones’ eligibility will coincide with the final season of Central Michigan’s junior class of Bradford, Jessica Green, Jas'Mine Bracey and Kerby Tamm. The class was labeled “program changing” in 2010 and rated as the No. 1 class in the MAC.