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Former All-American and top-10 WNBA Draft pick Chandi Jones is in her second season with the Houston women's basketball program and the first as the administrative coordintor.
"My short-and long-term vision has been to have former players come back to the staff and reunite as part of our basketball family," head coach Todd Buchanan said. "For this to come full circle in such a short amount of time, it's remarkable. The word exciting doesn't do full justice to how I feel about having Chandi back at the University of Houston."
Jones will handle administrative duties within the program after serving as video coordinator for the 2011-12 season. Jones will also be responsible for building relationships with high school coaches and serve as an assistant camp director as well as direct and coordinate the staff's coaches' clinic.
"This is a great opportunity to come back to the University of Houston," Jones said. "I have so much pride in this school, and I took pride in representing it when I played. I'm grateful to be able to contribute to getting the program back to where it belongs."
Jones, who played at Houston from 2000-04, is heralded as one of the greatest basketball players ever, male or female, to attend the University of Houston. Jones will reunite with Buchanan, who served as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator during her four years with the Cougars.
The Conference USA Female Athlete of the Decade is the all-time Houston and C-USA leading scorer with 2,692 points, which ranks 21st nationally, while placing 14th all-time in the NCAA with a career 23.6 points per game.
Jones reached double figures in 114 consecutive games, marking every contest of her career, while claiming the NCAA scoring title in 2003 with 27.5 points per game.
The Bay City, Texas, native led Houston to its greatest season in school history during the 2003-04 campaign, as the Cougars went 28-4 overall and claimed both the C-USA regular season and tournament title as well as capturing the school's first NCAA Tournament victory. The Cougars earned a No. 9 national ranking in the final Associated Press poll of the season.
Jones, a 2004 Kodak All-American, became the first Houston women's basketball player to be chosen in the first round of the 2004 WNBA Draft. She was selected with the eighth overall pick by the Phoenix Mercury and later traded to the Detroit Shock.
"She's not only one of the greatest players; she's also one of the classiest and most gifted young professionals that's going to give our program the respect and draw the attention that it so well deserves, and that only Chandi Jones could bring," Buchanan continued. "She will be an incredible mentor to our student-athletes."
On Feb. 5, 2005, Jones had her number 13 retired, the first such honor for a Houston women's basketball player, while being inducted into the Houston Athletics Hall of Honor on Nov. 4, 2010.