Men’s Basketball: Jones contributes off bench as sixth man

Hannah Leone | 0 comments

“Basketball Jones” is more than a psychedelic oldies rock song to Western junior Paul Jones. Forward on the men’s basketball team, often first off the bench and averaging 7.3 points per game, it is becoming Jones’ personal theme song, whether he likes it or not.

“The other day we were in the locker room before the game, and Alfred [Davis] started singing that song, ‘Basketball Jones,’ and I was like, ‘Hey, that kind of applies to me,’” Jones said. “Then I started singing it, and he was like, ‘Man, that’s going to be your song now.’”

Coach Brad Jackson said Jones plays with extreme intensity at every practice and game, from the moment he enters the court to the end of the day.

“With Paul, we knew we were getting a hard worker,” Jackson said.

It may seem like the perfect fit these days, but Jones wasn’t always sure he would be playing basketball at a university or, for that matter, even attending one.

Jones and his sister are the first in his family to attend college.

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