Coming into the summer, many college coaches thought that Mike Jones was an incredibly gifted athletic player who can play above the rim from the guard position. What many are finding out now is that the Maryland signee has more to his game than a rim-rocking dunk.
This past weekend, Mike Jones led Thayer Academy to a third place finish at the second annual Rim Rocker event held at Longwood High School on Long Island. Our Savior New American, stacked with several division one players, eventually won this tournament.
Jones distinguished himself as one of the best players and also as the crowd favorite due to his high wire acts with the rock. In fact, when Jones came out to take his turn in the Slam Dunk competition, the crowd at Longwood rose and cheered. Jones clearly is going to be a crowd favorite in College Park, Maryland.
But while the many dropped their jaws and cheered when Jones would ram home an inbounds pass, few would notice his improvement in distributing the ball. Jones is clearly an unselfish player who spends his first thoughts when he has the ball in getting his teammates involved offensively.
It appears Jones prefers it this way. He is confident enough to know he will get enough touches to score himself. But Jones showed RivalsHoops.com that he is a complete player. His perimeter shot is much improved. He is always battling on the glass for rebounds and Mike has also intensified his defense.
The McDonald's All American voting is going to start soon. And Mike Jones will be one of many deserving candidates who should receive many votes. He will get a vote from us. Mike Jones deserves it. He has become a well-rounded player who fits in nicely with his teammates. There can be no better description of a McDonald's All American.