The Central boys basketball team is set to get reinforcements.
A week after coming to school from Indianapolis Scecina, transfer big man Andre Jones is eligible to play this semester for the Bearcats according to the IHSAA, the Indianapolis Star reported Monday. The athletic, 6-foot-4 post was part of a top-5 team with the Crusaders and could provide a key piece for the Bearcats.
A call and text to Bearcats coach Jeff Holloway went unreturned.
Jones first practiced with the team Jan. 5, but his transfer paperwork was still being processed so he could not play over the weekend when the Bearcats went 0-2. His former school did not do anything to block the transfer according to reports.
He could quickly become a big addition for the Bearcats. He’s big and strong with exceptional leaping ability (he threw down several highlight-worthy dunks his his first practice). Outside towering center Donald Allen, the Bearcats were getting by with solid, workmanlike players at the forward spots. Jones’ powerful game and leaping ability immediately provide an extra dimension at that position.
Jones’ father, Anthony, coached the Southside girls team for two seasons and lives in Muncie.
The Bearcats are currently 5-6 but have played the No. 70 schedule in the state according to the Sagarin Ratings. Andre Jones’ first Central game will be Friday at home against Connersville.