Jones Takes Home Another Championship

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- North Carolina football signee Dwight Jones added yet another high school state championship ring to his collection Saturday afternoon.

Jones, a 6-foot-5 forward, led Burlington (N.C.) Cummings' basketball team to a 52-49 victory over Boonville (N.C.) Starmount to collect their third NCHSAA 2A State Championship in four years.

"This was a very aggressive team," said Jones. "This was different, because they had that tall player [Victor Davila] so it was kind of difficult to just shoot easy lay-ups."

In December, Jones helped Cummings win the NCHSAA 2A State Title in football. However, in the championship game, Jones was used more as a decoy, touching the football only once offensively.

In this game, however, Jones was the main weapon offensively and defensively, earning the game's Most Outstanding Player Award.

"Basketball, I got to get the ball. If I really don't get the ball, we'll probably struggle because [the responsibility] will be piled on the shoulders of the freshmen," said Jones. "But with football, I really help out a lot with getting triple-teamed and double-teamed; it opens up the run and things for others.

"It really doesn't matter to me [how I'm used] as long as we get the win."

Jones ended the night with 23 points, 16 rebounds (12 offensive), a block and four steals.

The performance was accomplished with 6-foot-9 junior standout Davila guarding Jones most of the night.

"At first it was kind of weird [to have my shots blocked], but coach told me to keep my cool," said Jones. "I just kept my head in the game and tried not to get frustrated."

Making the win even more sweet was the fact that it was done on UNC's campus, where Jones will spend the next four years of his life.

"It was awesome [to win the title in Chapel Hill]," said Jones. "I was thinking to myself, this is the last time I will play [organized] basketball and I'm doing it [at the Smith Center]."

While Jones wasn't sure if any member of UNC's football coaching staff was in attendance, he did receive a good luck call from wide receiver coach Charlie Williams before the a game.

With both championships now behind him, Jones' focus shifts to qualifying. According to Jones, he possesses a qualifying grade-point-average and now needs to achieve a qualifying SAT score.

Jones (right) with teammate Antonio Ferguson

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