Nov. 13, 2013
Signing Day Central
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn women's basketball team signed four players to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period for the class of 2014. Jazmine Jones, a 6-2 forward from Winston-Salem, N.C.., Jessica Jones, a 6-2 forward from Winston-Salem, N.C., Bria Johnson, a 5-8 guard from Baton Rouge, La., and Asia Robeson, a 6-4 forward from Kalamazoo, Mich., will join the Tigers for the 2014-15 season, head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy announced Wednesday.
With all four players ranked in the top 200 in the nation and two top-100 players, Auburn's signing class is ranked 25th in the country by Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and ESPN.
"We wanted to get kids who could play different positions," said Williams-Flournoy. "We have some long, lanky athletic wings that can play the forward position, as well as, a combo guard, who can play both the 2 and 3 positions for us. This class also adds some needed height and athleticism to our team and we are excited about the future of the class."
Ranked as the 25th best wing in the nation, Jazmine Jones is also rated a top-200 player nationally by the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and is a three-star prospect according to Prospects Nation. She averaged 15.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season, leading West Forsyth High School to a No. 13 state ranking and a conference championship. She also averaged 10.8 points per game as a sophomore, helping the team to state runner-up honors.
"Jazmine can play almost anywhere. She can play both wings, can get down in the post and could even play at center for us," said Williams-Flournoy. "It is not unlikely for our system, our style of play, to have a small post in the back line of the press. Jazmine is a great rebounder and she can score. She is getting more confident in her shot. As far as the range, she is good with the mid-range and she is getting better at shooting the three."
As a junior she was named the Central Piedmont Conference Player of the Year and was named to the Central Piedmont Conference All-Tournament Team. She won the Mary Garber Award and was North Carolina All Northwest Player of the Year. While playing with the Garner Flames AAU team, she was selected to the United States Junior Nationals All-Tournament Team after leading the team to the national championship.
"I signed with Auburn because of the family atmosphere and the feeling I got when I was on my official visit," said Jazmine Jones. "The coaching staff and the team are extremely welcoming. I knew Auburn was where I wanted to attend college because I felt that I would continue to become a better player and student. As I was on my way to Auburn, I was thinking about what all I wanted in a college, and when I got to Auburn, I found exactly what I was looking for."
Ranked as the No. 95 prospect in the nation and the 20th-best forward by ESPN and the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, Jessica Jones is also considered a three-star prospect by Prospects Nation and the No. 153 player in the nation by Blue Star Basketball. She averaged 11.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game as a junior, leading West Forsyth High School to a No. 13 state ranking and a conference championship. She averaged 9.2 points per game as a sophomore, helping her team to state runner-up honors.
"Jessica is another kid who can play multiple positions for us as well," said Williams-Flournoy. "That is really what attracted me to Jessica, and Jazmine both, being able to just put them on the floor at any position. They are both long, they are athletic and they play extremely hard. In rebounding, they don't mind getting in there posting up. Jessica will be able to do a lot of things for us."
She is a two-time All-Central Piedmont Conference selection and was picked to the All-Tournament Team as a junior. She was also named team defensive MVP as a sophomore. While playing for her AAU team, the Garner Flames, she led the team to the 2013 United States Junior National/Nike 17U National Championship.
"I chose Auburn because of the family-like atmosphere," said Jessica Jones. "Coach Flo and the assistant coaches made me feel right at home, they were very welcoming and I love the Auburn program, athletically and academically. I felt very comfortable around the team and felt like it would be a great fit for me."
Ranked 135th in the nation overall by the All-Star Girls Report and as the No. 60 point guard in the nation by ESPN, Johnson is a four-star prospect by Prospects Nation and a Top-200 player according to Jump Off Plus. Last season, she averaged 18.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, helping Episcopal High School to a 22-12 record.
"Bria is a combo guard, she can play the two position and the three position and she can get down and after it defensively," said Williams-Flournoy. "Watching her play this summer, I was really impressed with how much she had improved on her 3-point shot and she has always been a kid who could create off the bounce. She was already a great mid-range shooter, but you can definitely tell she worked on her 3-point shooting, which is a bonus for her and us."
Johnson was named honorable mention All-State last year in Louisiana. She has served as team captain in both her sophomore and junior seasons and averaged 16.0 points and 7.0 rebounds as a sophomore. An all-around athlete, she is also an accomplished track & field athlete, winning the district and regional championship in the long jump last season. She qualified for the state championship in both the long jump and the 4x100 meter relay.
"I chose Auburn because I felt at home with the staff," said Johnson. "I love Auburn's style of play and I feel as if I will be able to enhance my game at Auburn. The players and coaches have the ambition to succeed on and off of the court. The Auburn family welcomed me with open arms when I visited and I knew it was the perfect place for me."
Rounding out the class is Robeson, who is ranked 22nd in the nation and fifth among forwards by ESPN and the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. A consensus Top-100 player, she is ranked 36th in the nation by Full Court Press, 66th by Jump Off Plus, 69th by Prospects Nation, 70th by Blue Star Basketball, 71st by Blue Star Basketball and 99th by the All-Star Girls Report.
"We were really excited to get Asia," said Williams-Flournoy. "She is the final piece to this signing class, she's a 6-4 athlete that can run the floor, rebound, block shots and score inside. She brings the athleticism to the backline of our press that we have been looking for."
Robeson averaged 14.3 points, 12.1 rebounds, 9.7 blocks, 4.2 assists and 2.5 steals per game last season, along with 13 triple-doubles, at Kalamazoo Central High School. A Michigan Class A All-State First Team selection as a junior, she also earned honorable mention All-State honors as a sophomore. She plays AAU basketball for Michigan Crossover and led the team to a third-place finish at the 2013 Nike Nationals and the Boo Williams Tournament. Also helped the team to second place at the 2012 Nike Nationals.
"I was drawn to Coach Flo because she is more than a coach, she was like a mother figure to all the girls, even with having two kids of her own," said Robeson. "I love her coaching style and the way she has the bigs getting up and down the court."
Season tickets for the 2013-14 season are still on sale with packages starting as low as $50. New for the season, fans can purchase the Auburn Women's Basketball Flex Pack. The Flex Pack offers fans the opportunity to purchase six games of their choice for $24. Flex Packs went on sale on Oct. 21 and single-game tickets went on sale on Nov. 4. For more information on tickets, go to AUBTix.com or call 1-855-282-2010.