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Where Are They Now: Sarahi Jones

SEGUIN- The class of 2022 produced multiple athletes who went on to play at the collegiate level. One name that sticks out is former Lady Falcon and Current Texas Lutheran University Bulldog Sarahi Jones. Sarahi left her mark in the history books as one of the top players to come out of Los Fresnos in recent years. Some of Jones’ accolades at Los Fresnos included 3x first team All-District, 32-6A Offensive All-District MVP, 3x First Team All Valley, as well as representing the Lady Falcons in the RGVCA All Star Game and Rio Sports Live’s STARS Showcase.

Jones, who represented the maroon and gold of Los Fresnos all four years, is now proudly representing the black and yellow of Texas Lutheran. Currently in her freshman season, Jones has tacked on 61 points, 54 rebounds, 17 rebounds, 13 steals and 10 blocks in 16 games.  

High School and College Basketball are two completely different things. “A Difference between playing in high school and college has been the speed of the game”, said Sarahi Jones. “You constantly have to be moving around the court or else you won’t score before the shot clock goes off”.

Jones has observed other differences from high school in the world of college basketball. For her, the biggest difference has been the level of competition. “In high school, there were teams that we could just breeze by, now every school is a competition and none of the games can be taken lightly”, said Jones. “It did take me a couple of games to adjust to everyone being a good player, but at this point in the season, I think I have it down”.

Jones Drives in for a layup on January 7, 2022 vs Harlingen High. Photo by Andrew Cordero

While playing at a high level, Jones has also learned a lot during her freshman season. “One thing I am still trying to improve on is getting my shot off quicker and not taking more steps than I should”, said Jones. “My Coach and I have been working on this during individual practices, I will get it down soon”.

For any High School Student making the transition to college, it always is not easy. “Coming into college, I was a little bit worried about the workload and being an athlete on top of it”, said Jones. “I just had to learn how to manage my time, and get my work done before basketball practices or games. Either on the road to games or during any other free time I had”.

Sarahi Jones drives the ball down to the hoop. Photo by Bryce Hayes/ TLU

Now that Jones has settled into her first year of college, she has enjoyed her time at TLU. “Life on campus so far has been pretty good”, said Jones. “It has definitely been much different from high school in the social aspect, but other than that, I adjusted well and it’s been going smoothly”.

Jones also offered some advice to those who desire to play College Basketball. “The biggest piece of advice that I can give is that the results aren’t going to come without putting work in”, said Jones. “The off-season is the most important time of the year. If you aren’t working on your craft then someone else will be working harder”.

Jones and the TLU Bulldogs are currently 8-8 overall and 4-4 in SCAC (Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference).