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Prep Boys Basketball Notepad: Panthers’ Jones becoming a versatile player

Massaponax senior Trevon Jones has always been a capable scorer.

But this year, the 5-foot-11-inch guard has solidified his all-around game by becoming a strong rebounder and a gritty defender for the Panthers.

“We count on him to be aggressive and we count on him to make the right decisions, and we put the ball in his hands a lot,” Panthers coach Darren Hickman said. “And the biggest improvement has been his defense.”

Jones is averaging 20.2 points per game this season, third-best in the area.

But Hickman is most pleased that he is grabbing a team-leading six rebounds per contest.

Of course, Jones can still score when that is what Massaponax needs, as evidenced by his 26-point output against Orange on Tuesday.

Hickman said Jones is being pursued by numerous Division III programs around the state.

Virginia Wesleyan, which is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation by D3hoops.com, is among his top choices.

“He’ll do well at a school that’s guard-oriented, where he’s not asked to carry the scoring load like he is for us,” Hickman said. “He certainly has the skills to do that when he needs to.”

Before Jones moves on to college, however, Hickman is hoping he can guide the Panthers (7–12) to a strong finish in the Commonwealth District.

“I think we’re starting to hit our stride,” Hickman said. “We had some injuries early in the year, but I’m hoping now that we’re healthy we can make a push.”

—Adam Himmelsbach

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