23 Questions with McDonald’s All-American and Northwestern Freshman Morgan Jones!

by Kenny Eller on August 30, 2011

McDonald's All-American and Northwestern Freshman Morgan Jones!

Note:  23 Questions is a new feature here at mevsMJ.com and its goal is to shed a little light and have some fun with some of the very best basketball players in the country.  When I came up with the concept, the very first person I thought of was Morgan Jones, someone I had met a few months ago.  Morgan was happy to help and with that 23 Questions is born!

I stood stationary but ready underneath the goal, next to a young woman, one of only two at the particular workout this past May.  The coach standing behind us at the free throw line instructed, “Backboard, baseline, backboard, backboard, get the ball!”

The 6’2″ young lady and I did as instructed and then sprinted out to the three point line towards a ball sitting comfortably in a chair.  The objective being the first one to the ball would be on offense and the other on defense and then it was 1-on-1.

I got to the chair just before my opposition and nonchalantly reached for the ball.  Just as my hands were on the basketball, my opponent ripped the ball away knocking the chair over, jab stepped to the middle and went baseline laying in the contested shot.

Hello Morgan Jones!

Morgan taking a defender to the basket!

No one told me that I was matched up against the 9th ranked high school women’s basketball player in the country according to ESPN.  They didn’t tell me I was going against a McDonald’s All-American.  I didn’t know she won a State Title for Lake Mary high school (113-11 in her HS career) or that she was Central Florida’s Girl Player of the Year.  I also didn’t know that she had signed a hoops scholarship with Northwestern University.

All I knew after she scored was that she had game and plenty of it.

This may or may not be the first you’ve heard of Ms. Morgan Jones, but either way I have a feeling it will not be the last.  She won’t allow it!

Without further ado, here is the first installment of 23 Questions, featuring Morgan Jones!


 23 Questions with Northwestern’s own MJ, Morgan Jones:

1.  What sparked your interest in basketball?  

Morgan Jones:  I grew up with it.  My older sister (Tailor Jones-Also at Northwestern) played and my parents had their own organization called D.E.B.O.

2.  What’s your jersey number and why do you wear it?

MJ:  #1 … I have had this number since I first started playing at the age of eight. Throughout the recruiting process I made sure the school had the #1. (superstitious)

3.  Favorite Food?

MJ:  I will eat just about anything but I LOVE pasta and a big fan of seafood!

4. Hidden Talent (Something you’re good at that most don’t know about)?  

MJ:  I can cook!

5.  Something you’re surprisingly really bad at?

MJ:  Singing… but sometimes I make myself believe that I can when the music’s blasting.

6.  Favorite Musician/Group?


7.  Proudest moment as a basketball player thus far?

MJ:  As a freshman I set a goal to work to be a top ten player in the country and by the end of my junior year I was 9th!

Morgan Jones

8.  If you didn’t play basketball, what else would you enjoy doing?

MJ:  Modeling.

9.  What advice would you have for someone looking to achieve your level of success on the court?

MJ:  Have fun while working hard at it and God will take care of the rest.

10.  Who are your role model(s)?

MJ:  My Mom and Dad.

11.  What is your earliest basketball memory?

MJ:  Playing on co-ed teams at the YMCA.

12.  Twitter or Facebook?

MJ:  Twitter (@MsMorGan_JOnES)

13.  If you could meet any celebrity who would it be?  

MJ:  RICK ROSS haha!!

14.  What kind of basketball shoes do you wear?

MJ:  I don’t have a specific pair but being that I’m at Northwestern, Derrick Roses’ adiZero Adidas will be on my feet this season.

McDonald's All-American Morgan Jones playing at the United Center!

15.  Favorite pre-game meal?

MJ:  Pasta

16.  Do you have any pre-game superstitions?


17.  Favorite Athlete?

MJ:  Don’t have one.

18.  What motivates you?

MJ:  When one doubts me.

19.  During an average week, how often do you play basketball and or do something related to basketball like conditioning?

MJ:  Like 5 days out of the week.  It varies with seasons.

20.  As you know, my dream is to play Michael Jordan 1-on-1, what is your dream?

MJ:  To be doing creative marketing for the NBA, Gatorade, Nike etc.

21.  How do you think you would fair today against MJ 1-on-1?  

MJ:  I’d dunk on him haha!!

22.  How do you think you would do against Jordan in his prime?

MJ:  😀  ….

23.  Any advice for me for WHEN I play Jordan?

MJ:  Just don’t let him cross you or dunk on you.  That’ll be a fair game :-)


Thank You Morgan!

Special THANKS to the wonderful Morgan Jones for taking time to be a part of the journey here at mevsMJ.com!  Best of luck at Northwestern!  I’ll be rooting for you every step of the way!

Be sure to follow Morgan’s journey on Twitter @MsMorGan_JOnES!


Road to 100 Free Throws In A Row UDPATE!

So after being stuck on 34 free throws in a row for some time, I finally broke through and made 40 in a row last week.  Honestly, I haven’t been putting in the work at the line like I need to be, but I’m still in pursuit of the goal!  40 leaves me quite a distance from my goal of 100 consecutive, but it IS POSSIBLE!  Stay tuned!!!

The journey of me vs. Michael Jordan continues!!!!  Thank you for following along!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Jim Kerkvliet August 30, 2011 at 4:44 pm

A very nice new feature with the 23 questions. Also introducing a woman’s bb player with the new feature was a nice touch. After coaching girls’ bb for several years, and reading all of the articles since the beginning of the journey, this was a refreshing read. Morgan seems to have a great perspective on life. If I make a visit north to visit Kristin, Andy, and Gabriel during Northwestern’s season, I would like to see her play.


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller August 30, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Thanks Jim! Yeah, Morgan is a great young woman that will go far in life. I’m sure she would appreciate you stopping by to see her play if you’re up that way!

Thanks for always reading and for the continued support!


Charissa Eller August 30, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Great write up and such a talented player! Really cool to see other aspects of her:-)


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller August 30, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Thanks! :-) Yeah, she sounds like me when it comes to singing…haha!


wade johnson September 3, 2011 at 4:26 am

Nice Read! Maybe a good idea for your next 1-on-1 opponent! Congrats on the journey I am enjoying following it


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller September 3, 2011 at 7:00 am

Thanks Wade! Appreciate the comment and you following along!

As far as playing Morgan 1-on-1…I’m game! Morgan?? :-)


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller September 3, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Wade…Morgan has accepted the challenge…see comment below :-)


wade johnson September 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Cool! hopefully you are prepared!


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller September 4, 2011 at 7:53 am

I’ll be ready! :-)


Morgan Jones September 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Next time I am in Orlando lets do it!


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller September 3, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Sounds good Morgan! 😀


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