Re-Appearance: JaJuan Jones

No one really knew what happened to JaJuan Jones. While he has plenty of talent, college coaches questioned what he was about off the court. Now the 6-foot-5 Dayton, Ohio native will spent the season trying to rehab his image at a school in Georgia.

No one has questioned JaJuan Jones' ability. However, it's the Ohio native's character that had many college coaches looking the other way.

The 6-foot-5, 165-pound Jones, who grew up in Dayton and spent the last two years in Georgia, had a rough year last season. He was arrested for stealing a car CD player and missed part of his senior season.

However, Jones came back and led Douglas County (Ga.) High to the Class 4A state title game after a 23-point, six-assist performance in a semifinal victory against Tucker High.

Jones knows why nearly all of the high-major college coaches stopped recruiting him.

``I got into trouble and I lost all my scholarship offers," Jones said. "I made a mistake and I learned from it. I just hope it isn't held against me forever."

Jones has now surfaced at Light of the World Christian Academy in Atlanta.

``He's had a string of things happen in a row," Light of World coach Mack Cleveland said. "But he's got a 2.8 GPA and all he needs is the test score."

``He's really good – a definite high-major guy," added Cleveland. "He got into some trouble, but he's a good kid. He's very quiet."

Jones is long, athletic and smooth. He can slice to the basket, make shots from mid-range and also passes it well.

Cleveland said that Nebraska has been to see Jones – and that East Tennessee State, Murray State, Cincinnati and Kansas State have expressed interest recently.

``He shoots it really well off the dribble," Cleveland said. "He handles it well and is a crafty scorer. He can really be a 6-foot-6 point guard."


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