The East Noble Knights are one of many area programs that will have to make adjustments to expectations and player output based on graduation. The Knights lost a lot of their rebounding, a lot of their scrappiness but do return one of the area’s top point guards in Hayden Jones.
For his senior season though, Jones is going to have to be much more than just your run of the mill point guard. Though, if you’ve seen Jones play, that shouldn’t be much of a stretch. Few people would consider Jones “run of the the mill.” Jones can do almost everything you need of him at the offensive end of the floor. He doesn’t have an elite level size, but he can create space between himself and the defender with quality footwork and it allows him to create for himself well. He is a tempo controller and when he turns it up, there are not a lot of defenders than complete with his pace. He runs the East Noble offense on a quality high level.
Defensively, J ones can be a great off-ball defender because of the way he can get into passing lanes, tip passes or straight up pick them off like he does as a DB on the football field. On ball, Jones can get overly aggressive on occasion, but his hustle is evident all of the time, giving him very high potential on that side end of the floor. Last season, Jones 1.8 steals per game and had an assist to turnover ratio of 2.16. He will be the Knights’ leading returning scorer at 10.2 points per game; he also averaged 5.4 assists per contest last season.
“Hayden Jones is gifted athlete who has the skill level to match. He has the ability to play at high-level and have a tremendous effect on both ends of the floor. His most impressive attribute is his competitive nature. He has a natural knack and court-savvy that is hard to teach and replicate,” says East Noble coach Ryan Eakins. “He has a chance to put himself in the school record books, but more importantly, will have the opportunity to display his leadership abilities as he makes his teammates better and helps raise the level of play for the entire program.”