One of the county’s best basketball players will play for one of the country’s best teams next year.
Monday, Evans High School standout Jasmine Stone signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the Division II Rollins College Tars (Winter Park, Fla.).
“She wanted to find that school that fit academically and challenged academically as well as having a top basketball program and I think she found a good mix at Rollins,” said Evans’ girls head basketball coach Ryan Morningstar. “I definitely think she’ll step in and make a difference.”
Stone, who scored over 1,500 points for the Lady Knights during her four years at Evans, was a First Team All-Region 2-AAAAA performer and the All-County player of the year the past two years. She heads to a Rollins College team that finished 25-7, was 12-4 in the Sunshine State Conference and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament during the 2013-14 season.
“When I went to visit I went to a game and I liked their style of play and the coach was really nice,” said Stone, who fielded a mix of offers from across the country and from Division I institutions. “They just had a good mix of academics and athletics, so that’s why I chose them.”
The Tars being a perennial frontrunner was a major selling point.
”You always want to go somewhere where you feel like you can be successful,” Stone said.
Academically, they may help her before she even steps on campus.
“I plan on majoring in international business,” she said. “They also have a good study abroad program which is what I’m interested in doing over the summer.”
Also a cross county runner and on the school’s track team, Stone got offers in those sports but chose to play what she called her passion. She enjoyed being a runner and what it did for her, though.
“Cross country and track helped with basketball so I was in shape year round and on the weekends I would play basketball, so it was fun,” she said.