Character, talent, toughness, work ethic, discipline, handles, and a sweet touch from behind the arc allowed Sierra Jones to have a great freshman season, but she would never say it like that, she is way too humble, but thats a good thing.
The former 2014 Alabama Womens Basketball High School 3A Player of the Year began her college career this season with the Belmont Bruins, the team finished the season 14-17 overall, and 11-7 in the conference. They lost in the semifinals of the OVC to the eventual OVC champs. They were a fun team to watch, they all played well together. Sierra filled her role at the point pretty steadily throughout her freshman campaign, she was named OVC Freshman of the Week on January 6, she scored 10 or more points on 12 occasions, she was perfect at the free-throw line 12 times,and she also collected three or more assists 12 times throughout the season. We were able to catch up to Sierra who as always graciously gave us some of her time and answered all of our questions. Here is what she had to say!
NLP:How has the Belmont experience challenged/grown you thus far?
SIERRA: On my team, the gpa average was a 3.5, I knew coming in I wasn't going to hinder that gpa but be an asset to it. My experience so far has made me grow spiritually, mentally, and physically. My body has gone through things that I never knew I could endure. I have been challenged in ways I never have before and I can say proudly I conquered every single one of them
NLP: What is your average day on campus look like?
Sierra: Well this questions is a little tricky, it depends if it's fall or spring semester. I will share what my schedule looked like last semester. We had practices at 5am in the morning which means I was setting my alarm for 4 in the morning. I had class at 8 then 2 more classes after that. I would volunteer for a hour in an inner city middle school. We had weights later on in the evening. Usually I would have tutoring in math, and then I would hurry to the Caf and eat in there before it closed. By that time it is already 930 and I haven't' studied yet and I am getting up in less than 7 hours. I had this routine till January. The life of a student athlete is not for everyone! Takes a lot of discipline
NLP: How has the weather been lately in Nashville?
SIERRA: It has been nice lately! The weather isn't as bi polar as Huntsville, AL is! It gets VERY cold in Nashville during the Winter, I remember walking to class in -12 degree weather, that was not fun!
NLP: Have you met any of the new freshman, and what are they like?
SIERRA: I have met all 4 freshman coming in but it was just a casual greeting. They all seem very nice and eager to help change the program around!
NLP: What part of your game are you trying to improve on the most this offseason?
SIERRA: Well this past season I was playing the 1,2,3. This upcoming season I am going to be playing the primary 2 and 3. Maybe 1 if need be. I am working on my 3 shot and being able to shoot it off of any screen, creating my own shot, and playing with poise.
NLP: How has your faith helped you in overcoming trials throughout this season?
SIERRA: This is an awesome question, I can proudly say my relationship has grown so much because of all I had to endure. I was the player that got picked on by the Coach. Everyday in practice was Sierra day. I would pray before I stepped on the court before practice. In the beginning of the season I couldn't see how I was going to get more than 5 min, and I kept on working. I ended up averaging 25+ min a game. Some games I did not come out of at all. It's a testament of trusting in God's plan and putting in work.There was times where I broke down after practice, because I wasn't performing like I know i could and I wasn't doing anything right. There was times where I literally had to decide if I was going to sacrifice sleep to study or be able to stay awake for practice and perform. I had to lean on God more than I ever had to before. In my personal life, I had to decide what friends were going to continue to be in my life and who was healthy for me. It was part of maturing as well. Over all, this year I have learned even when it is the smallest thing give it all up to God. If you start worrying, talk to God. He really is our best friend.
As you can see our experiences with Sierra Jones are always a pleasure, we are truly to have been able to get an in depth look at what goes on in the mind of a true champion, stayed tuned and find out more about former preps, as they journey through as champions! Thanks for reading!