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Men's Basketball Shores Up Size, Athleticism, Adds Belleville West's Jaret Jones

June 07, 2012

With the graduation of forwards Kyle Rice and Ryun Davis this spring, STLCC's men's basketball program was left with a need in the form of a versatile forward. That need has been addressed in part with the signing of Belleville West forward Jaret Jones.

At 6'5", Jones figures to resemble a player in the mold of Rice, who provides an outside shooting threat as well as a player with the athleticism to contribute at both ends of the floor.
As a senior at Belleville West, Jones averaged 8.5 points and five rebounds per game for the Maroons. He also blocked 11 shots in 29 games.

Archers head coach Randy Albrecht lauded Jones' athleticism and defensive ability, particularly in defending players with varied offensive skill sets.

"His versatility is probably his best attribute," Albrecht said. He can guard a lot of different people. He's really a good athlete. He's got quickness, he's got long arms, he's a good jumper."

Jones, who established himself as one of Belleville West's top defenders, found himself matched up twice with University of Illinois recruit Malcolm Hill of Belleville East, the Metro East's top scorer with 23.8 points per game.
Jones also provides an additional outside shooting threat for the Archers. As a senior with the Maroons, Jones connected on a team-best 41 percent of his three-point attempts.

In his transition to the college game, Albrecht projects that Jones' success against top area players from the Southwestern Conference has positioned him well for the next level.

"Jaret had a lot of tough assignments this year, and he's very well-coached in one of the most competitive leagues in the metro area," Albrecht said. "All good teams in that (Southwestern) Conference. Night in, night out, you have to play against good players."