From many, there will be one. While there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Junior point guard, Apple Valley (Minn.)
Greatness Present: With his 25 points against Lakeville (Minn.) North on Feb. 19, Jones eclipsed 2,000 career points. Despite battling back spasms at the start of the season and a sprained ankle last month, the 6-foot-2, 186-pound junior point guard has averaged 22.3 points, 7.6 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 steals for the Eagles (22-1). He’s a unanimous top three recruit in the Class of 2014.
Greatness Past: The returning Gatorade Minnesota Boys Basketball Player of the Year, Jones started for the Eagles as an eighth-grader, averaging 21.6 points and 8.1 assists over his first three prep seasons. He also led USA Basketball to gold medals at the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship.
Greatness Future: Jones remains undecided upon a collegiate destination, although he owns offers from just about every major Division I program.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.