TORRINGTON – Torrington High School senior Jackson Jones announced Sunday he will continue his basketball career as a member of the Laramie County Community College Golden Eagle squad.
Jones choose to pursue basketball over football or baseball at the next level.
“I’ve always dreamed of playing college basketball since I was little kid,” Jones said. “I’ve always liked it a little more than the other sports. I obviously love football and baseball too, but basketball has always been the thing I loved the most. It’s what I’ve always shot for, to play at the next level.”
For the last two seasons, Jones was a key piece to the Blazer squad which finished 9-13 and runner-up at the 3A East Regional Tournament to qualify for the Wyoming Class 3A State Basketball Tournament in Casper.
Jones was second in the state at the 3A level, averaging 17.5 points per game and was sixth in the 3A East region in rebounding with 6.1 per game. He also dished out 2.2 assists per game shot 72 percent from the free-throw line – both ranking in the top 10 in the 3A East.
“The thing about Jackson that I think makes me really excited for him in this opportunity is how far he’s come in the last couple years,” THS coach Neil Baker said. “He just put in a ton of time to make himself a better player. A lot of guys don’t do that, and they don’t reap the rewards. So, I’m really happy for Jackson getting to see the benefit of that because he really did put in a lot of time.”
When LCCC interim head coach DeWayne Saulsberrry called Jones wanting him to come to Cheyenne, and things fell into place.
“Coach Saulsberry reached out to me and let me know he wanted me to play for him, it just worked out well,” Jones said. “I’m excited to go there.”
Jones plans to major in kinesiology and become a chiropractor.
“It really worked out well because LCCC has a really good online program that will help me with my degree,” he said.
In two years on the Blazer varsity squad, Jones tallied 435 points, grabbed 169 rebounds and dished out 62 assists.
“I’ve loved THS. It’s been a great four years, and all the coaches and teachers I’ve had have always pushed me to be my best,” Jones said. “Coach Baker has been here all my four years and it’s been great having him as a coach. He’s really done a lot for me.”