2012 Intro: Steve Jones

One of the top point guard defenders in SoCal is getting college attention. Here's an intro to Steve Jones' game and recruitment.

One of the main reasons behind Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft's successful 24-3 regular season record under new head coach Jason Hart has been the play of 6-foot-1, 170-pound 2012 point guard Steve Jones.

Taft received the 1-seed in the City Section Playoffs, with Jones playing a big role in the team's success so far.

"He's had a really solid season," said Hart. "This is his first year really running the point guard. He had a lot of learning to do and I think he came out on top. His work ethic had a lot to do with that. He's the leader of our team."

Hart says that Jones' defense is what makes him stand out as a player.

"His best quality is his defense," he said. "I think he's one of the premier point guard defenders. He has a strong center of gravity, a great leg base and has a work ethic on defense that not too many high school kids show these days."

Seattle, U.C. Davis, Wyoming, Binghamton and Hartford are the schools which have showed Jones attention to date, and Hart is confident he'll be able to help a D-I team.

"He definitely can play at the Division I level," said Hart. "There's no doubt in my mind. I think a lot of times kids need to play well in the summer to get recruited and he was hurt this summer.

"He's healthy now, playing well and looking forward to continuing to talk to the schools that are recruiting him."


Scout Hoops Top Stories