To say the 2014-15 season was a bad dream for Lutheran St. Charles junior point guard David Jones would be a huge understatement. A pair of knee injuries shelved his sophomore season and left him wondering if he would be able to bounce back and be a factor for his team this year.
Late in his junior season, Jones has not only rebounded, but flourished as the Cougars floor-leader. A lightning-quick 5-foot-8 guard, Jones is driving the Cougars with a 14.8 points per game scoring average and is among the area leaders in assists, averaging almost four assists per game this winter.
“It was tough coming back after having pretty much a mediocre season, having to train [again] kind of put me back a couple of steps but it also made me stronger as a player,” Jones said. “I had a great team and players pushing to be the best that I could be and a great physical therapist that helped me get through that.”
Jones has proved be a potent double threat – able to set up others for shots or score each time he gets the rock.
“He’s just a huge part of our team,” Lutheran St. Charles coach Dr. Mark Hingst said. “He’s a big scorer for us and he gets everybody working harder for us, [especially] when they tend to slack off. He’s also not afraid to take big shots when big shots need to be taken.”
Jones seems to find his shot consistently no matter where he is on the floor, but his primary job at the point guard spot is making sure to get everyone involved on both ends of the court.
“I know that scoring is a big part and they [the team] rely on me scoring the basketball, but ultimately I know my position on this team is to be the point guard and the point guard is the playmaker,” Jones said. “If I’m hot one night and I see the other team crashing down on me every time I go to the basket, it’s a perfect opportunity to dish. I want to see the team as a whole succeed. I care about the ‘W’ at the end of the day.”
Defensively, Jones has made himself a major pain for opposing teams. Entering the final week of regular season, he averaged 3.96 steals per game.
Even with all the notice given to his offensive skills and defensive ability, the best attribute of Jones’ presence on and off the court has been his attitude toward the game and his teammates. He admitted that he struggled with focus and attitude last year, but that is a distant memory now and Hingst lauds the hardworking junior playmaker’s team-first mindset.
“I think the biggest part is the attitude improvement without a doubt,” Hingst said. He’s more confident and staying more within the team aspect better than last year.”
For Jones, the best part of this season has been just being on the court and being able to play in front of Lutheran’s fans and student body again.
“The whole season in general has just been a blast for me,” Jones said. “I always tell my dad after every game, just being in front of the crowd every game, seeing so many people believe in you and wanting you to succeed and just root you on – that’s just the best part of the game for me.”