Hometown: Puyallup, WA
Previous School: Rogers High School
College: Nichole is a sophomore guard out of Puyallup, Wash. As a freshman at Simpson, she was named best defender by her team. The Lady Red Hawks look to Nichole for her defensive talent and ability to make plays.
High School: She attended Rogers High School where she played four years of varsity basketball and ran track and field. She received many awards throughout her high school career, including Rogers High School Athlete of the Year, First Team All League and Offensive Player of the Year, and holds three records for track and field.
Personal: She started playing basketball in the fourth grade. Her dad was the coach and let her name the team (which she is very proud of) -- she chose the name “Mighty All Stars.” Her favorite part about basketball is locking up defensively and getting steals. She likes to pick the ball handler and run the floor for layups. Her favorite athlete used to be Allen Iverson. “I wanted to be just like him. I wore his shoes, a headband, the long socks and a shooting sleeve,” she admits. She liked Iverson’s crossover move so she worked to learn it. Her favorite athlete now is Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics. Jones likes Rondo because he is extremely quick and for his defensive skills.
Jones recalls her favorite basketball memory from senior year of high school. She hit the buzzer-beating lay-up that won the game and sent her team off to the state championship. “The crowd rushed the floor and it was the best feeling ever,” she said. Her favorite thing about basketball is the feeling of teamwork and working together to achieve a goal. She refers to the Simpson women’s team as “a group of ladies on fire for God, running, sweating, bleeding to accomplish the goal of winning.” She says, “We are a group of stud females that are loving, caring and willing to prove everyone wrong.”
Off the court, Jones is a communication major. She has three brothers and is the daughter of Johnny and Catherine Jones. In her free time she likes to eat ice cream, hang out with friends, watch football and stay active.
Reason for coming to Simpson: "I chose Simpson because I've always wanted to play at a Christian school and Coach Pringle reminded me of my dad so I was very comfortable."