The state of North Carolina is blessed with an overabundance of talent. In the North Carolina 2018 class, 60 plus players signed with D1 schools and another 40 plus signed to play at the D2, D3, NAIA or Juco level. Quite impressive numbers! This year, the 2019 class is on the same course to have 100 plus players continue to play at the collegiate level. In our unsigned senior spotlight, we want to take a closer look at 6’3 Talton Jones of Trinity Christian in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and is someone that we strongly feel is a scholarship-worthy player.
There’s a considerable amount of prospects whose production doesn’t necessarily encapsulate their true value, which describes Jones extremely well. He certainly produces, but his defense, nonstop motor, and unspoken leadership honestly elevates him to heights that similar prospects simply cannot reach. In the last few years, arguably no player has undergone more adversity than the two-way point guard, but he’s remained headstrong throughout. On the season, Jones is posting nightly averages of 13.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.9 steals while shooting an exceptional 52% from the floor. However, since star forward Greg Gantt suffered an injury, Jones has actually upped his scoring (14.8 points) and rebounding (8.5 boards) over the last six games. He’s continued to further the sediment that he can contribute and enjoy success at the Division I level.
After our Hoops and Dreams Showcase in Fayetteville, North Carolina, we stated, “There’s a relatively short list of point guards that can single-handedly alter a game with his defensive presence, but Jones is definitely one of them. He’s long, active, and does an incredible job of mirroring his on-ball assignment, eliminating all possible operating space and forcing an abundance of turnovers along the way. Jones utilizes his length very well and rebounds at a high level for a floor general. His efficiency as a shot-maker has improved and he’s still capable of driving and finishing through the teeth of the opposition. There’s simply no knock on Jones’ blue-collar approach, especially considering his leadership by example and ability to defend two or three positions with relative ease.” Jones currently holds Western Carolina, High Point, and Fayetteville State offers, but could easily accumulate another handful before this season concludes.
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