March 14, 2023
Locked on Women’s Basketball: Haley Jones does it all
Stanford's Haley Jones joins Howard to discuss how she manages to balance her success on the court with her off-the-court ventures and NIL
It’s time for another episode of the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast. In this episode, host and The Next’s editor-in-chief Howard Megdal is joined by Stanford’s Haley Jones. Howard and Haley discuss Jones’ on-court success while still finding time for her off-the-court ventures and a full academic schedule. They discuss her podcast, Sometimes I Hoop, as well as her NIL opportunities. Plus, Jones discusses looking ahead to the next level as one of the top prospects in the 2023 WNBA Draft.
Jones on what allows her to be so successful in balancing so many commitments at once:
I have a great team, a great support system that works with me. My freshman through sophomore year, there wasn’t an “NIL space” so it was just school and basketball, so it was a lot easier. [It] was still hard with a rigorous academic schedule, and Tara [VanDerveer] likes to practice for three hours. And then you have an hour of lift, you’ve got film, treatment and cold tubs. And then getting in the gym to get your extra shots up.
Also take into account going to the library, going to class, hanging out with friends if you can. There’s a lot to do in the day. Since NIL [began] I signed with a marketing team, they’ve been amazing. And then my mom has taken on this “mom-ager” role, so we have a great dynamic.
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Jones on why she feels the time is right to go to the next level rather than using her extra year of eligibility:
There’s a lot of different temptations and a lot of reasons to come back. For me, I’ve never really thought of taking my fifth year. I think I’m just kind of prepared. I’ve done my four years, I’ve gotten my Stanford degree … something I’m very proud of. I’ve won a national championship. I’m planning to win another one this year. I’ve been to two Final Fours. I’ve kind of done what I’ve set out to do. And so … for me, I am ready for the next level.
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