Vera Jones, who spent last season as an assistant on Felisha Legette-Jack’s staff, was announced as a member of the Big Ten Network’s analyst team today.
A former teammate of the IU coach’s at Syracuse, Jones has years of broadcasting under her belt, having called Big Ten as well as Big East games for Fox Sports and serving as an analyst for the WNBA’s Indiana Fever and New York Liberty. She also has covered the WNBA Draft for NBA TV.
Jones departed the Hoosiers after one year to return home and tend to her ailing mother, who later passed on.
Along with former National College Player of the Year Stephanie White, integral in Purdue’s national championship run in 1999 and current assistant for the Chicago Sky, Jones will provide studio analysis from the Chicago headquarters to compliment on-the-scene reporter Mary Murphy, former Northwestern player and Wisconsin coach. The team will usually be on-air for the network’s Monday night primetime telecasts and will also work a half-hour gamenight show once conference play begins.
Last season, Jones informed me that broadcasting would always be her first love, her lifeblood, but that she felt coaching was more rewarding due to the tangible difference she was able to make in players’ performance and futures, as opposed to whatever influence she may or may not have had from someone watching her on the tube.
But she’ll no doubt be a valuable and reliable addition to the BTN staff with her broadcasting expertise.