Duke junior Alexis Jones announced on Monday that she will be transferring. The location hasn’t been determined as of yet.
“I would like to thank Coach P for the opportunity to attend Duke University,” said Jones. Due to injuries, I feel the need to be closer to my family.”
Home for Jones is Irving, Tex. The closest division one programs to Irving are TCU (29.5 miles), Baylor (104 miles), Texas A&M (186 miles), Texas Tech (197 miles), Texas (202 miles).
“We are very sad to see Alexis go because we love her and her family,” said Coach Joanne P. McCallie. “Given her significant surgeries and her change to redshirt this year, we support her with this decision. We wish her the best as she heads home.”
Jones ended up at Duke after having a storied high school and AAU career. Her skills were enough to land her as the No. 3 recruit in the 2012 recruiting class.
Jones had one successful collegiate season before her injury. In her freshman year back in 2012-2013 was one that was studded with accolades. She started in all 36 games and averaged 9.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4 assists and 1.8 steals per game. She had 144 assists which was the second highest mark by a freshman in the history of the program. Jones was honored with several accolades during and after the season. During the season she was named ACC Rookie of the Week on three occasions. She was also named ACC Tournament MVP. After the season, she was named All-ACC Freshman, All-ACC Academic Team, Norfolk Region All-Tournament Team and to the Full Court Second Team Freshman All-America.
Her sophomore season started great. She Was named Ronald McDonald Duke Student-Athlete of the Week on December 11. She started in every game until February 23, where she tore her ACL. She missed the rest of the season.