Jones signs with DCCC
Davidson County Community College Head Coach Matt Ridge has pretty high expectations for his latest recruit.
On Thursday morning at Brinkley Gymnasium, former Davie County High School star Nate Jones signed with the Storm. Regarded as a complete player who excels on both ends of the floor, Jones is coming to a team that figures to showcase his all-around talents.
"He could be one of the best players to ever play in our program," Ridge said of Jones. "He's extremely talented."
Jones finished his high school career as the 2012 Northwest Conference Player of the Year and he appeared in the East/West All-Star game. Jones, a 5'11" combo guard, averaged 23.6 points, 5.7 rebounds an 4.3 assists per game for Davie County. He signed to play basketball at Wallace State Junior College in Alabama, but left after one season.
Jones is ready for a fresh start.
"Coach Ridge is a good coach and I know he's going to get me where I need to be," said Jones. "I'm going to work hard every day to make that happen."
Jones in the 11th player to sign with the Storm this offseason. DCCC showcases a high-octane offense that puts up a lot of points on the scoreboard. Ridge feels Jones possess the skill-set the make an immediate impact.
"[Jones] can score in a multitude of ways but he's also a very capable defender," Ridge said. "We expect him to come in and compete to play big-time minutes for us. He can put up some amazing numbers. He can shoot the 3, he's very athletic and he has a great feel for the game."
Jones figures to see a lot of time in the DCCC backcourt, primarily as a shooting guard. He's been able to play in a couple of open gym sessions with his new teammates, and already is looking forward to helping the Storm make a deep run in the 2014 postseason.
"I think I'm going to fit in perfect," said Jones. "I'm going to go hard and try to make my teammates better. The environment here is great and I'm just ready to play."
As a senior, Jones scored 40 points against West Forsyth, including 27 in the fourth quarter.
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