Jalen Jones Gearing Up For State Title

Featuring at least four D-1 basketball players, Kimball HS in Dallas, Texas is loaded with talent. One of those players is SMU commitment Jalen Jones, who has seen a change in his game. Plus, what does he think of the Mustangs recent success on the hardwood? Come inside to find out! If you don't have a premium membership, you are missing out!

There are not many teams across the country that would rival Kimball HS in Dallas, let alone in the state of Texas. The Knights version of the "big four" are currently rated the nationally No. 21 by MaxPreps.com and the No. 1 team in DFW area according to HS Game Time.

One of the big four is SMU commitment Jalen Jones. The power forward is averaging over 14 points and eight rebounds a game helping Kimball jump out a 30-2 start.

"To be honest, I really did imagine this. Once we got together and started to get a rhythm, I knew good things were in store for us," said Jones, who is in his first year with the program. "It would be a let down for all us of us if we didn't take it all the way. It's championship or bust for us."

During the summer Jones worked on many facets of his game, but there were two in particular that has made his 6-foot-6 frame tough to stop this season.

I really think that I have improved in the post. Specifically my post moves. I'm a little more skilled down there," said Jones. "Also rebounding. Every time a shot goes up, I'm trying to go after it and get my hands on it. I'm looking for put backs and I take a lot of pride in rebounding the ball. "

The only team from the Dallas Fort Worth area that has beat Kimball this season is Lincoln, who is currently rated by the Dallas Morning News as the No. 2 team in DFW 4A. Jones and the Knights are eager to possibly play them down the line in the post season.

"They got us the first time. I wasn't clicking during the game. I'm not saying it was a mistake or anything that they beat us, but hopefully we meet again. It's going to be a packed house and we are going to bring our ‘A' game."

With 32 high school games since November 10th, it's amazing to hear how much Jones has stayed up with this future team during the 2010-11 season.

"I have been really impressed in their play during the conference play. It's going to even get better when we get there next year. We are just going to keep growing the program and take it to the next level," said the senior. "I really made the right choice in SMU. I'm starting to encourage people to go there to. It's perfect.

"People will say stuff like hey, that's Jalen Jones, he's heading to SMU. Hopefully we can continue to bring in good classes from here on out."

Jones, who was tough to get a hold of during the recruiting process, picked SMU over offers from Houston, Creighton, and Colorado to name a few.

Coach Doherty told me, ‘you can come in here and fight for a starting spot.' He said he needed some scorers, guys who can be game changers in this conference. That really caught my eye. That is what I want to be relied on. I want to be thought of as a scorer," said Jones who is very excited for the recruiting class to hit campus. The class was kind of shocking at first. I'm just letting it sink in right now. This happened so fast, I didn't know. We got some talented guys."

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