Jones to become a Hoya

Tayanna Jones signed her letter of intent to play basketball at Georgetown University. Jones is joined by her parents, Brandy and Keno Jones, as well as her brothers Kemari and Keno Jr.

Tayanna Jones became the first Division I girls basketball player signed from North Johnston last week as the current senior signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Georgetown University.

The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 17.8 points and 7.1 rebounds a game her junior season and also considered schools such as Delaware University, Old Dominion, UNC, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest but in the end, the family feel she experienced when visiting Georgetown won her over.

“Georgetown—there’s just something about it,” said Jones. “My official visit went so well. The players and the coaching staff were awesome. It just clicked as soon as I got there; it was like family.”

North Johnston coach Jay Poole has seen tremendous improvement in Jones since she came in and played on the varsity team as a freshman. Poole also accompanied Jones to a game last season between Duke and Villanova to help familiarize his standout point guard with what a Big East team looks and plays like.

“That jump from her freshman year to sophomore year was huge,” said Poole. “She really improved her skill level and her knowledge of the game and it’s just kept getting better year after year.

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