Kevin Jones in the Big Easy
The 2014 NBA D-League All-Star game is slated for this afternoon and the big spotlight of New Orleans will not be anything new to Charge forward Kevin Jones.
Jones played his college ball for West Virginia University. His sophomore season, he contributed in helping the Mountaineers take down the Georgetown Hoyas, 60-58, in the Big East Championship game at Madison Square Garden. The Mountaineers would go on one of their best NCAA Tournament runs in school history, making it all the way to the Final Four before falling to Mike Kryzewski and the Duke Blue Devils.
When asked about his time at West Virginia, Jones agreed that the tournament run and winning a Big East championship in his home state as being memorable.
“Definitely winning a Big East championship in New York, which is where I’m from, so it was a big thing for me. Going to the Final Four for the first time in 40 years was definitely a great experience. Even just all four years being there was a great experience.”
Jones entered the NBA Draft in 2012, but went undrafted before being signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent. He went through an up and down adventure of being waived, acquired, re-signed, waived and re-acquired that would make any roller coaster at Cedar Point seem like a kiddie ride. Throughout his stint with the Cavaliers, however, Jones learned a valuable lesson.
“It definitely taught me to be a professional. To always be ready at any time because anything can happen. You can get called up tomorrow, you’ll have to learn a different system and be under a different coach. So just being able to adjust here to whatever situation gets thrown at you, that’s what it has taught me.”
Jones will not be alone when he travels to The Big Easy. The second year forward will be joined on the Futures squad by teammate Arinze Onuaku, Head Coach Steve Hetzel, along with assistant coaches Jordi Fernandez, James Posey, Nate Reinking and athletic trainer Mike Gittinger. As anyone who is making their first All-Star appearance, Jones is flattered by the opportunity.
“It means a lot to me that the coaches in this league voted me as being one of the top players in the league. It just goes to the hard work that I put in. I couldn’t do it without my teammates helping me out every game and every day in practice, so it is just attributed to that.”
The eighth annual NBA D-League All-Star Game takes place on Saturday, February 15, at Sprint Arena inside NBA All-Star Jam Session at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The game will air live on NBA TV at 3 p.m. ET.
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