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2017-18 Season Preview: Herbert Jones

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He may be a three-star athlete, but Herbert Jones has the drive of a champion. 

A product of Greensboro, Ala., Jones signed in the Crimson Tide’s 2017 recruiting class as an underrated name for men’s basketball. While the likes of Collin Sexton, John Petty and Alex Resse snatched numerous headlines, Jones’ skill set on the wing and ability to finish inside will make him a valuable weapon for head coach Avery Johnson. 

Before taking to Coleman Coliseum for Tide tip-off on Tuesday, Jones played under his father – Walter Jones Sr. — at Sunshine and Hale County Schools. After starting on the varsity team in the seventh grade, Sunshine quickly noticed the talent and leadership it possessed in Jones. 

He guided the program to the Class 1A state finals as a sophomore. After transferring to Hale County, Jones’ father served as assistant coach while his son totaled 15.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.9 steals a game over his two seasons. 

Just two years after leaving Sunshine, Herb Jones carried the Wildcats to the Class 4A state championship game back in February. As a senior, he averaged 16.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and four assists per contest. One of his most memorable moments from the tournament was throwing down a nasty dunk in the state title game, which punctuated a championship for Hale County and earned him Most Outstanding Player honors. 

He’ll suit up beside Reese and Galin Smith in the upcoming season; however, Jones was already familiar with both guys in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game. Jones picked up Most Valuble Player honors for Alabama in the event, following his 17 points, eight rebounds (team-high) and two assists.  

Like Sexton, many NBA scouts believe the lengthy, left-handed Jones is a ready made professional prospect. The 6-foot-7, 200-pounder has many gifts, and can surely flourish in the right system.  

Stephen M. Smith covers Alabama men’s basketball for Bama Hoops Hype. You can like him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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