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Delaware’s Deon Jones Trying to Help Lead Sanford School to State Title

Posted on 24. Feb, 2010 by C.J. Watson in High School, Interviews

 

Here in Delaware we're not considered a basketball hotbed, but we still turn out our fair share of talent. While everyone around the nation knows the name Trevor Cooney, his teammate, 6’5 junior wingman Deon Jones is producing at an extremely high level. Flying under the radar no longer, Flagrant Fouls and Premo Hoops Recruiting let you in on everything you need to know about the future star from The Sanford School.

Deon returned to The Sanford School after spending his sophomore season at Paul IV in Virginia playing in the powerful WCAC conference. The WCAC is considered one of the best conferences in the country and Deon helped Paul IV win a state title last season in Virginia. Back in Delaware, one of Deon's main goals this season is to help lead Sanford to a state title. His impact has already been felt by The Sanford School, as Deon has helped them get off to a 19-0 start, leading the team in scoring (16.7), rebounding (6.9) and blocks (1.1).

 

Deon is a player that possess the skill set to impact the game from anywhere on the floor here in Delaware, however, at the next level he will have to play either the 1, 2, or 3 position on the floor. Deon is an exceptional athlete who flourishes in a fast paced up-tempo game where he can fill the lane and finish above the rim. Along with his ability to get up and down he has a nice mid-range jumper with range beyond the three point line. Deon's biggest asset for his output at the next level might be his ability to grow into a lock down defender. He has both long arms and quick hands, and is extremely active on the boards. Deon is a player who should continue to see his stock rise this spring, as he puts his game on display suiting up for AAU powerhouse, Team Final.

 

 

 

 

I recently had the chance to sit down and talk with Deon about his recruitment, how his season is going at Sanford this year, and how he and Trevor complement each other on the court.

PHR: What schools are showing interest in you thus far?

DJ: Florida State, Boston College, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Temple, Cincinnati, Maryland, Providence, Harvard, Rider and others.

PHR: Have any of those schools offered?

DJ: Right now just Rider has offered.

PHR: Have you put together a list yet of your favorite schools?

DJ: No list of schools yet. My favorite right now is Florida State

PHR: What are you looking for in a program?

DJ: I'm looking for a place I fit in and I like the coaches a lot and a place that can get me prepared to take my game to the next level.

PHR: Does location or conference play a factor in your decision?

DJ: No I am open to any place or conference right now.

PHR: Did you have a dream school growing up?

DJ: No not really but I really like Florida State, so I guess you could say that’s my dream school.

PHR: Talk a little bit about what it’s like to play for powerhouse Team Final on the AAU circuit and how it’s helped your game?

DJ: It’s been great playing for them. We get to travel all over the country and play top talent at every event we attend. My game has improved a lot with their program b/c not only are you playing against the best at every event, but you also go up against some top tier talent in practices.

PHR: What goals do you have set for the spring/summer on the AAU circuit?

DJ: I just want to win every tournament we play in and keep improving my game.

PHR: What parts of your game are you trying to improve the most right now?

DJ: Right now I have really been focused on my shooting and want to improve my outside shot.

PHR: What do you think about the 1-2 punch of you and Trevor that Sanford brings to the court every game?

DJ: I enjoy playing with Trevor. We make a great duo b/c if one of us is having an off night the other one can pick up the load. If we're both on…. lookout.

PHR: Describe your game to fans who aren't familiar with what you bring to the court?

DJ: I am a big guard who can take my man off the dribble or knock down the jumper and I play hard.

PHR: How was your experience down at Paul IV in Virginia last season? And how does the competition level differ from Delaware?

DJ: I really enjoyed it down there in Virginia. We won a state title and I got a chance to compete in the WCAC which is one of the toughest leagues in the country. It really helped my game a lot. It made me stronger and I really had to bring my A game every night down there against that level of competition.

PHR: Did you look at any other schools in the area when you decided you were heading back to Delaware after last season?

DJ: Yes I looked strongly at attending Neumann-Goretti in Philadelphia, but when it came down to it I picked Sanford. I really like Coach Stan Waterman here at Sanford and I already knew the school since I attended it my freshmen year. I also wanted to help put Delaware basketball back on the map along with Trevor Cooney, Andre Horne and A.J. English.

PHR: How has your high school season at Sanford been so far?

DJ: It’s going great we have good team unity and play hard together. Right now we are 19-0 with one game remaining in our regular season. The goal is to win a state championship.

PHR: Do you and Trevor ever feel any added pressure? Do you feel like you have a target on your back?

DJ: I mean yes we do feel like there is a target on our backs since we are 19-0 and ranked #1 in the state along with being two of the top individual players in the state. We get every team's A game which is why it’s important for us to play as a team.

PHR: What are some things your older brother Jeff and father have helped you with in your game?

DJ: I have learned a lot from each of them. I mean I talk with my brother Jeff after every game and let him know how I played and he works out with me in the gym during the off season. They both give me advice on little things to improve my game. My Dad will work with me on something I might be messing up on during the games until I can get it right. I really appreciate their help.

PHR: How do you feel about the recruiting process?

DJ: I really like it a lot. Having all the coaches coming to see me play is great.

Thanks for your time Deon.  Good luck on your quest to win State. 

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