Brionna Jones has been nothing short of a stellar student since she arrived on campus four years ago. She is a pre-med student and has already graduated with her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, doing so in just three years. Currently, she is doing post-graduate work to prepare for medical school. She has received Academic All-Conference honors throughout her career. Jones is highly active in Maryland Athletics, serving on the Student Athlete Advisory Council, which works on community service ventures and building the relationships between student athletes and the general student population. Jones carries a 3.340 cumulative GPA, was named to the Dean’s List twice and is a five-time Scholar Athlete Honor Roll honoree.
Brionna Jones exemplifies a model person, student-athlete and what the University of Maryland and Maryland women’s basketball represents. Brionna is a consummate teammate, always teaching and encouraging her teammates. No one has outworked Jones, and that character filters down to the rest of her team. She came to College Park recovering from an ACL tear. Through rehab, she lost over 40 pounds and regained her strength to be ready to go by the beginning of the season, proving so many doubters wrong. Jones is a leader for her teammates on and off the court with her attitude, selflessness and maturity.
Brionna Jones is extremely active in organizing community service projects for not just the women’s basketball team, but for all of Maryland Athletics. Jones has helped student-athlete food drives, fundraising runs, Thanksgiving turkey dinner giveaways, trips to the food pantry and much more. Jones also helps with “adopting” families during the holidays and arranging, purchasing and wrapping Christmas presents for families in need. She was involved with holiday community service for children at a local mall last year and this year. Jones has been instrumental in the Terrapins’ involvement in Team Impact the last two years, in which the team was matched with a child with multiple diagnoses. This special little girl was “drafted” to the Terrapins and Jones has played a role in that process. Jones is active in interacting and encouraging this little girl and her family. Jones also has participated in Special Olympics clinics, working with these athletes and teaching basketball fundamentals.
Jones has been a four-year starter for the Big Ten Champion and Final Four Terrapins. She’s helped the Terps to two Final Fours, two Big Ten regular season titles, two Big Ten Tournament titles and a record of 93-14 (.869) as of nomination time. She’s been a mainstay in their lineup for all three years of her career so far and has played in every game of her career, averaging 15.2 points and 9.8 rebounds in 22.2 minutes per game. As a junior last year, she led the nation with her field goal percentage of 66.5 percent (236-355). She is currently on-pace to break the Big Ten career field goal percentage record with her clip of 63.0 percent (522-829). She was named to the All-Big Ten First Team in 2016 and the All-Big Ten Second Team in 2015. In addition, last year Jones was named an Associated Press and WBCA Honorable Mention All-American and to the Naismith and Wooden Award Watch Lists.