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Road to Success: Lazeric Jones

April 28, 2010

Lazeric Jones is one of the top junior college point guards in the United States. A backup his entire career in a talented Chicago Simeon program, the 2008 high school graduate chose to go the junior college route and attend John A Logan College though he was thought of as a low Division-I prospect. As a result, he gained big time interest this year and has signed a letter of intent to play for Ben Howland and the UCLA Bruins of the Pac Ten Conference. He ranks as the state’s #3 player in our JUCO sophomore player rankings.

MidStateHoops.com: What accolades did you receive individually this season, what were your final stats, and how did your team finish?
Lazeric Jones:I got first team All-GRAC and came in third place for Player of the Year in the conference. I averaged 14.5 points, 4.8 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.4 steals. Our record was 23-7.”

What do you feel are your strengths on the basketball court?
“My strengths on the court to me are my shooting ability and my ability to get to the basket and create for my teammates.”

What do you feel are some things you need to work on?
“I need to work on my off the ball defense and deep 3 point shooting.”

What schools did you considered before choosing UCLA and what led you to choosing your school?
“I liked Nevada, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Alabama. I choose UCLA because I really liked the coaching staff and how they work. They have always produced great point guards so I am hoping to be the next one they produce. It’s also a great academic school.”

As we all know, junior college players are expected to contribute immediately. What do you think will be your role for the Bruins next season?
“Coach Howland has said he wants me to not only create for my team but look for my own shot too. He also wants me to be a leader for this young team and he is really big on my defense.”

It has been said that not a lot of junior college players have been able to make the transition to being an immediate impact guy at high major level. What are your feelings toward that?
“I dont believe that is true at all. I feel that if I come in and work hard I can make a big impact at the D1 level.”

You were considered a low – mid major prospect directly out of high school and you were a qualifier. What schools offered you scholarships out of high school and what led you to go to junior college instead of signing Division-I immediately?
“No one really offered because they didn’t believe i would past the ACT because my test scores came in so late. But I had interest from Cleveland State, Arkansas-Little Rock, and Eastern Kentucky.”

Why do you feel you were able to blow up and receive the attention you did as opposed to receiving the small amount of attention you got in high school?
“I had time to develop my game at the JUCO level and the coaches at Logan gave me the opputunity to work hard for my spot. Once I earned their trust they put the ball in my hands for good but I feel I got the attention because of the way my game turned around and how my body developed. I’ve also got a great set of teammates at Logan that drew alot of attention too.”

Anything else you’d like to add?
“My success at Logan was because of my faith in God and my family always having my back in everything I do. I’m not just doing this for me I’m doing this for my younger brother Allen Jones (an incoming freshman at Hillcrest High School) and my parents Allen and Trina Jones plus the rest of my family.”

Jones is a strong point guard with great floor awareness and explosiveness.  He’s tough, confident, and plays at his own pace.  He makes things happen while playing within himself and within the confines of a team offense.  While he can knock down the three and midrange shot his strength is getting to the rim where he can finish or draw fouls which is complemented well by his excellent touch from the charity stripe.  Lazeric is a strong leader that is also solid defensively.

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