November 3rd, 2016

Media Alert : Jackson Academy NCAA Division I signings

Patti Wade, Director of Marketing & Communications
Jackson Academy  |  |  601-364-5702

Four Jackson Academy athletes to sign with Division I universities November 9

Four Jackson Academy student athletes will indicate their intent to play at NCAA Division I universities on National Signing Day, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Signings will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the Learning Commons (formerly called the Upper School Library, on the Sheffield Drive side of campus, in the Administration Building.

Jackson Academy

The students and their college choices are as follows:
Conner Beth Ball — University of Mississippi, golf
Conley Chinn — Belmont University, basketball
Wilson Furr — University of Alabama, golf
Meredith Roberts — Texas Christian University, tennis


Conner Beth Ball
Madison, Miss.  |  Golf  |  Signing with University of Mississippi

  • Has played golf competitively since age 6
  • Member of Jackson Academy boy’s Golf Team since 2009
  • Ranked 40th in the Polo Junior Golf worldwide rankings for her graduating class
  • Two-time Mississippi Junior Amateur Champion, one of the state’s youngest players to ever capture the title with her first win at 13 years old.
  • MAIS AAA Individual Girls State Champion, leading the Jackson Academy Girls Golf Team to the state runner-up title in 2015 and a member of the 2015 MAIS AAA Boys State Championship team.
  • Advanced through match play to the Top 4 in the Mississippi Women’s State Amateur in 2014 and 2016.
  • On the national level, Conner Beth finished T-17th in stroke play at the USGA Junior Girls Championship and advanced to match play this summer in Paramus, New Jersey.
  • Member of the Southeast Junior Golf Tour (SJGT) and the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) with numerous top 5 finishes
  • Won three SJGT tournaments and was the runner-up in AJGA Junior at Owensboro.
  • Shot a career best 6- under par in two-day competition to capture the medalist honor at the SJGT TimberCreek Junior Classic.
  • Finished T-3rd place in the North & South Girls Junior Amateur at Pinehurst, NC in 2015.
  • Played in the Big I National Championship in 2012, 2015.

Conley Chinn
Jackson, Miss.  |  Basketball  |  Signing with Belmont University

  • Member and starter of the Lady Raiders basketball team since her freshman year
  • Member of the 2016 MAIS Basketball overall champions, 2016 MAIS state champions, and 2016 MAIS district champions
  • MAIS AAAA tournament team for district, state and overall teams
  • All conference MAIS AAAA
  • MAIS Player of the Year
  • Most versatile player in the 2016 season
  • Player for the Alabama Starz AAU team for two years
  • 2015-16 Gatorade Mississippi Volleyball Player of the Year, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field
  • Member of MAIS State Championship Volleyball Team three years in a row: 2014, 2015, 2016
  • A member of the Volleyball All-State Tournament Team each of the past three seasons, she is also a Clarion-Ledger First Team All-State selection

Wilson Furr
Jackson, Miss.  |  Golf  |  Signing with The University of Alabama

  • Named to the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Rolex All-American Team for 3rd consecutive year
  • Three-time All American
  • Had Top 10 finishes at The Thunderbird, The Haas Family Invitational, and the Rolex Tournament of Champions.
  • Competed as a member of the East Squad in the AJGA Wyndham Cup
  • One of only six American boys on the Junior Ryder Cup team in 2016
  • Played in the United States Golf Association USGA Amateur Championship

Meredith Roberts
Jackson, Miss.  |  Tennis  |  Signing with TCU

  • #1 ranked player in MS in every age group
  • Top 10 in the Southern section in every age group
  • Ranked as high as top 10 in the US
  • Represented MS in the #1 position for Southern Cup 2012-2016
  • Clarion-Ledger Max Preps Player of the Year – Tennis 2015
  • Dorothy Vest female player of the year for MS 2016
  • MAIS 3-time State Champion Girls tennis 2013, 2014, 2015