College Coaches Watch Mookie Jones Play

Reporter Mike Sullivan has story on Mookie Jones' great day ...

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA -- It was pretty apparent that Mookie Jones of the Westchester Hawks was going to have a pretty special day today inside the Milk House on the grounds of Disney World.

While many of the coaches from the programs that are recruiting him so hard were on hand at Disney World to enjoy his performance, Mookie just shrugged it off as another day. But more importantly for the unselfish Mookie, he helped the Westchester Hawks AAU program to a win over the Alabama Lasers in a first round pool game in the Gold category.

Westchester head coach Bob Rizzo has always been a big fan of Mookie Jones. So it didn't surprise him that Mookie's game was almost flawless today. Jones had several perimeter shots fall for him after making a move with his handle. Mookie was also solid in the transition game as well as on the defensive side.

Mookie finished the game with 22 points, missing only three shots in the game. He smartly used his dribble to free himself up for jumpers while many Big East coaches were on hand to watch his shooting exhibition. For a player his size to shake his defender with his dribble and then score had to impress the many college coaches sitting in the floor seats inside the Milk House.

"All the Big East schools are recruiting him," Rizzo said. "West Virginia, St. John's, Rutgers, DePaul, Syracuse, Miami...too many of them to name..."

Mookie has said he doesn't have a leader right now and is just focusing on helping the Hawks win some games. It's what Mookie Jones is all about -- team first, individual stats and honors last.

Jones convinced a lot of coaches, fans and scouts in the audience today that he deserves to be considered among the best players in the 2008 class.


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