March 4, 2010
The Charlottesville boys basketball team will tip off in Class AA state quarterfinal play on Saturday and will rely heavily on the contributions of an up and coming sophomore. Daquan Jones is in the midst of his first full season on the Black Knights' varsity roster and is making the most of the opportunity.
Jones, a 6'2" guard/forward, is among one of the most talented young basketball players in the area. He averages 10.5 points per game and leads the team in rebounding with seven boards per contest. The sophomore is quickly becoming a household name for Knights fans and a player that head coach Mitch Minor is relying on for production.
Jones also gets the job done off the court. He boasts a 3.2 grade point average. The sophomore says this was not always the case, as he had some disciplinary issues prior to high school, but he says that basketball provides the balance and the motivation needed, and those issues are all in the past.
He also has hopes of becoming a leader. Charlottesville's roster includes four seniors, including leading scorer Maurice Jackson. Jones says he is prepared to take on that responsibility, and he has expressed the desire to be a leader on the team to Minor as well.
Jones and Charlottesville will tip off in the state quarterfinals against Brunswick on Saturday at 12:30 pm. Click on the above video link to see the entire story on Daquan Jones.