"That just shows how much she is committed. In her eighth grade year, she came to the high school for 6:30 a.m. workouts. Her goal was to get a Division 1 scholarship. She's got that now. Now it's to see how many she gets and for her to have a choice."
Jones shares her coach's excitement, but doesn't want to get ahead of herself.
"It feels good," said Jones, of the scholarship offer. "I try not to let it get to my head. I'm just going to keep working. It's not going to do me any good if I don't. I want to play college basketball."
Skeen also has another valuable commodity in fellow freshmen Karli Pinkerton, who turned in a solid freshman year on the soccer field as well with 19 goals.
Like Jones, the 14-year old Pinkerton is better at basketball than soccer, and said her best sport may even be softball.
"I knew it would be harder in high school than at middle school, and I'd have to work even harder," Pinkerton said. "I'm really excited and I think we will be pretty good all around. We want to go to states."
Skeen anticipates both Jones and Pinkerton to share roles at the point guard position and be on the court together most of the time if at all possible.
"With the offense we are putting in, we will have multiple point guards," Skeen said. "What both of them bring is they can handle the ball, can shoot it, defend, and are quick as a cat. You put all those things together, and that's a pretty good basketball player."
Jones and Pinkerton have a rich history of family excellence in sports as well. Pinkerton's dad, Shayne, played college baseball at Marshall University while her uncle, Eric, played both college football and baseball for the Herd.
Eric Pinkerton caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Chad Pennington in the 1999 Mid-American Conference title win and holds the record for the longest home run hit at Marshall. Jones' dad, Ryan, played college basketball at West Virginia Tech.