Like many high school athletes, Goose Creek Memorial basketball player Madison Jones competed while working toward a dream. That dream was to compete at the next level.
It did not come easy and it did not come fast. But once Jones found her opportunity, she took full advantage of it.
In front of family and friends at a graduation party, Jones put the icing on her cake and signed to play basketball next season at Jacksonville College.
“I am so excited,” Jones said. “They play fast and that is the way I like to play.”
Jones received the offer after working out with the team in a tryout. She was able to get on the court with her future teammates and coach and get a feel for playing at the next level. Jacksonville is a D-1 Junior College competing in Region XIV and is coming off a 21-6 season. Jones said she will play off-guard with Jacksonville and intends on working on her ball handling skills, defense and shooting.
Jones will major in kinesiology with an eye toward becoming a trainer. As the third GCM athlete to sign off the area finalist team, Jones recalls all the work that went into making the dream possible.
“I knew I wanted to play college basketball since I was little playing at the YMCA,” she said. “I also played volleyball and ran track, but I stopped because I love basketball.
“I want to play my two years at Jacksonville and get a scholarship to play NCAA D-1 basketball.”
Jones’ high school coach Darcie Moore said she expected her former guard to have success at the next level.
“Madison is one of the most athletic kids I have coached,” Moore said. “She has a great shot. She has worked hard on her outside shooting and will take it to the next level, it has gotten so good since she was a sophomore.”
Moore said the work ethic Jones displayed in improving her shot would translate to other aspects of her game.
“Madison won’t have a problem,” she said. “She is dedicated to the game and is always in the guy. Her shot will take her a long way. She also has a quick first step and can get to the rim. I think she will fit right in.”