Jun 18, 2002
Ron Jones, a 6-foot-3-inch shooting guard from Kankakee, has been signed to a national letter of intent to play men's basketball for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Jones is the second official recruit of new Coach Marty Simmons, who earlier tabbed Logan Glossier (Mt. Zion) as his first signee.
Jones will have two years of eligibility at SIUE after having played two seasons at Kankakee Community College. He was a National Junior College Region IV All-Tournament team member and a junior college Academic All-American at Kankakee. Jones helped his team to a Region IV championship at the NJCAA Division I level as well as a 22-12 record.
"He's solid all-around," said Simmons. "His best attribute is that he can light it up from the field."
Jones averaged 14 points per game and hit 175 three-pointers in two seasons, which is second best all-time at Kankakee. His three-point shooting percentage also is an impressive 44 percent along with a free throw percentage of 85 percent.
Simmons said Jones will not have any trouble making the transition to playing for the Cougars after his experiences in junior college.
"Kankakee, year in and year out, is one of the best junior college programs in the country," said Simmons.