Below: Miss Judy “The Future” Jones, the extrordinary freshman from Monroe, Louisiana. Excuse the mediocre picture quality as it was taken with my camera phone. It’s rare for me to catch a ladies game in my crazy schedule of evaluating boys. It’s hard to be everywhere, but last night I zipped over to UTSA in a rainstorm to catch the Lady Roadrunners take on Sam Houston State. Make no mistake about it, the girl’s game is getting more exciting and the skill set is increasing at an amazing rate.
UTSA Coach Rae Rippetoe-Blair is building something special in the Alamo City as most of the girls are underclassmen, sometimes having three freshmen on the court. Most prominent amongst this group of youngsters is Judy Jones of Monroe, LA. Judy has become close to me as she dates my son. Such a sweet, humble, funny young lady. I just had to go by to watch her play. It can be tough on the kids without families in town and they appreciate the support they receive.
Jones caused a buzz when she arrived on campus as the skinny freshman can jump flat footed and grab the rim with two hands. Seen as the future of the program, based on last night’s performance the future may be NOW. With springs in her legs and a super quick first step which would put many boys to shame she’s really gaining confidence and coming into her own with the Roadrunners. Last night she dropped a career high 26, coupled with 4 rebounds. However, the loudest cheer came when she skyed to block a shot bringing the crowd to it’s feet. (She also had 3 blocks). She rebounds hard, and is long and bouncy enough to guard the post or out to the wing.
Folks, if you get a chance go watch these girls play. The Lady Runners are shooting for their 3rd straight Southland Conference Championship and berth in the NCAA Tournament. P.S…great to see my buddies from Austin, Wild William Anderson and Speedy Gregg (Pops of UTSA’s Downtown Amber Gregg). Never a dull moment with my man William in the house..lol