THE UNKNOWN CANADIAN: SHEA JONES IS THE BIGGEST SECRET IN THE 2012 CANADIAN CLASS, ADDS TO D1 BOUND LIST
Published by Jason Gairey on November 14, 2011
With the early signing period for high school basketball players closing out, several players have inked their futures by signing and committing to selected NCAA schools. Several Canadian players have made this move, easing the pressure on them so they can focus on finishing the school year knowing the course of their immediate future. We can add one more player to that list. One who may have slipped under the radar or may not be as familiar to the Canadian hoops scene, until now.
Shea Jones, a 6’1″ guard out of Cypress Bay H.S. in Weston, Florida has been loving and playing this game for years. He remembers his beginning stages and intro to basketball when he lived in his native city Toronto, ON as a child. “In Toronto, I felt like I was always surrounded by great competition, whether it was a future stud or one of my friends. I always found a way to make myself better,” recalls Jones.
Being the son of Mark Jones, the ESPN commentator and former high school standout for Oakwood C.I and York U in his heyday, Shea was motivated at an early age. His uncle, Paul Jones, is the Toronto Raptors commentator and also very passionate about the game. The Basketball Jones is in his blood. Shea, however, never let the fame of his father or Uncle sidetrack his dreams. The Jones’ would eventually migrate south of the border due to Mark’s pursuit of a career in sports broadcasting. Off they went, the younger Jones with basketball in his hand, to the sunny life in Florida.
The transition to the U.S. turned a hobby into a full time job for the starting point guard at Cypress Bay H.S. in Weston, FL. At 6’1″, he is known to be one of the toughest defenders and is explosive when attacking the rack. His progress prompted several schools such as Florida Atlantic University, College of Charleston, Siena, North Texas and Presbyterian College to take interest in Jones. He officially took a visit to the latter small D1 school, Presbyterian, in South Carolina and committed and signed to the Big South Conference school. That visit sparked a flame. “I really connected with the coaching staff and the environment was perfect to keep me focused,” says Shea.
After a solid summer with his AAU squad, Nike Team Florida, Jones continues to work hard to prepare himself for his final year, improving on his shooting, strength and every aspect of his game.
“I really want to improve on my outside shooting, increasing my range for college. That will really make me more versatile,” says the young Jones.
This past week, Shea and his family sat down to put ink to paper and make the choice where he would take his talents to the next level and attend college. With his LOI to Presbyterian out of the way, the focus is fully on school and that continuing the family tradition of basketball. Another Canadian quietly takes his dream to the next level, part of a movement that will continue to grow.