Mitty’s Haley Jones named Naismith national player of year

SAN JOSE — Haley Jones did it all for Archbishop Mitty this season. Friday, the Stanford-bound star was named the Naismith national girls basketball player of the year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

Jones led Mitty to the Central Coast Section Open Division championship and a 25-3 record, averaging 26.1 points, 12.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.7 steals and 2.8 blocks per game.

Along the way, she became Mitty’s all-time leading scorer, breaking a record that beach volleyball legend Kerri Walsh Jennings held for 23 years.

Jones finished her high school career with 2,127 points, to go with 1,058 rebounds, 400 assists, 252 steals and 240 blocks.

Isaiah Stewart of La Lumiere School in La Porte, Indiana was named the Naismith boys player of the year.

“These two players have had outstanding seasons and have shown they have the talent and drive to play at the next level,” Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club, said in a news release. “We are proud to have them join our list of student athletes who have won the Jersey Mike’s Naismith High School Player of the Year honor and look forward to watching them play throughout their careers.”

In the release, Mitty coach Sue Phillips said, ““This honor is a testament to her quality of character, hard work and dedication to perfecting her craft.  Haley is incredibly deserving as she worked tirelessly on all facets of her game to become the epitome of a position-less player and the best in her class.”


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