Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Illinois' Lance Jones Demands Attention

Lance Jones Jr-2019
One of the things we enjoy the most is seeing talent for the first time. Although Lance Jones (5’9/SG/IL) has established himself as one of the top players in the country, we have only recently been able to evaluate his talent. The Evanston, Illinois product came to our attention after he logged in a standout performance at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase in September. During his stay in Columbus, Jones impressed us with his skill set, ability to shoot the rock from deep, and his elite motor.  In fact, Jones was so impressive, he was ranked among the top 20 in the 2019 division, which was absolutely loaded with nationally ranked players. As further reward for his outstanding play, Jones was selected to the prestigious showcase all-star team (DNP), and was named “Most Skilled” and "Mr. Hustle” by his coach.

Last season, Jones ran with the We All-Can Go All-Stars, but in 2015 he will stick closer to home and play with the Waukegan, Ill-based Future Elite. According to Coach Andre White Sr., Jones has an all around game, a high basketball IQ. He also describes Jones as quick, strong, with the ability to "attack the rack like a man." Andre White Jr, (5'7/PG/IL) a crafty PG with the ability to break down the defense and drive, dish or score, will join Jones in the backcourt. White is also ranked among the top guards in the talent rich state of Illinois.  Joining Jones and White on the team is Bryant Brown (6'3/PF/IL) who also attended the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase in September and played his way into the all-star game. Jones is more than just a basketball player as he is an honor roll student and appears to be a good kid from a good family. As he competes on the big stage, Jones will continue to draw attention from national media outlets.  In fact, the NYBL currently ranks Jones #79 overall and #16 among point guards. Jones is also tops in his home state of Illinois, as he is ranked in the top 5 overall and as one of the top 2-3 guards.

Recently, Jones duplicated his outstanding performance from Columbus with another great outing at Ricky Moore’s Illinois Top Prospect Camp.  At the invitation only event, which attracted about 80 elite middle school players, Jones’ play garnered him Co-MYP honors along with Chicago’s Markese Jacobs (5’11/PG/Chicago).  According to Jr. Hoops Elite’s Ricky Moore, Jones’ ability to shoot from deep sets him apart from others in his class.  "When I say deep, I mean really deep," stated Moore. Moore also described Jones as a “pure scorer.” When Jones’ Future Elite squad makes its debut in the NYBL in March, Jones will get another opportunity to compete against the best players in the nation and to raise his stock even higher.

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