Shaniya Jones, a freshman point guard from High Point, North Carolina, has decided to join the University of Georgia Lady Bulldogs basketball program, head coach Joni Taylor announced on Monday.
Jones, who was a four-star guard in the 2018 class according to ESPNW, transfers to Georgia from Virginia Tech, where she played in five games this past fall. Jones will sit out the 2019 spring and fall semesters and will be eligible to play at the conclusion of the 2019 fall term as a sophomore.
“We are thrilled that Shaniya is joining the Lady Bulldog family, ”Taylor said. “We recruited her out of high school and have always known she is a special player. Shaniya is someone who can score at all three levels and will be a perfect fit with our program. We are excited to have her on campus and can’t wait to help her get acclimated this semester.”
Jones prepped at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, North Carolina, where she helped her team win the state title in her senior season. She was a McDonald’s All-America nominee and two-time all-state selection during her high school career. In addition to earning a four-star rating from ESPNW, Jones was ranked as the No. 88 overall prospect in the 2018 class by the same site.
She is the latest addition to an already highly-touted 2019 class for Taylor and her staff. The Lady Bulldogs inked five-star guard Chloe Chapman from Mitchellville, Maryland, five-star forward Javyn Nicholson from Lawrenceville, Georgia and four-star forward Jordan Isaacs from Alpharetta, Georgia earlier this fall.