2003 Spotlight: Michael Jones

Braintree (MA) Thayer Academy shooting guard Michael Jones is putting up close to 20 points a game this season. He's a potential Top 25 guy and colleges are starting to notice.

Jones Is A Big-Time Scorer

At the 2001 Nike Camp, Michael Jones shot and scored his way to a nice performance. He was one of a handful of top underclassmen prospects at camp. This season, he's continuing his fine play.

The Dorchester native is playing some small forward and a little shooting guard, the position he'll very likely play in college.

"He's probably at 11 rebounds," said head coach Robin Dixon. "He's our best rebounder right now. He's learning some things defensively. We're just trying to get him ready for the college level." In the meantime, he hasn't lost his scoring touch and is averaging 19 a game.

Florida and Illinois have called on him. UConn, Maryland, Charlotte and Providence are among a number of schools who have come down to see him. "It's basically been quite," Dixon said. "Schools are expressing interest but it's been quiet. He's going to be heavily recruited but he just hasn't had a lot of attention People have called and said they were coming through."

Last season, Jones moonlighted some with the Donyell Marshall Foundation AAU team. However, he won't be playing for them this summer. Gary Charles of the Long Island Panthers would like him to play with his organization.

Scouting MJ: "Jones' talents should make him a high-major priority. He has excellent range beyond the 3-point line. As his high school coach said, he's a fine rebounder. At Nike, he had no problems getting to the rim as a slasher and uses his athleticism to his advantage. At 6-4, he's smooth and a big-time scoring threat."

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