2012 Intro: Madison Jones

Madison Jones

Raleigh (NC) Ravenscroft point guard Madison Jones is back making plays after a freak injury sidelined him for a portion of his sophomore season.

Raleigh (NC) Ravenscroft point guard Madison Jones is back making plays after a freak injury sidelined him for a portion of his sophomore season.

"We were playing in the NC-SC Game when I was hurt," said Jones. "I went up for a dunk and came down wrong on my leg. I ended up breaking three parts of my leg.

"That injury caused me to miss some of my season. I ended up coming off the bench for us, but I had a pretty good year."

Ravenscroft was one of the younger teams in the area last year with several sophomores and freshmen in the rotation. Jones believes his team will take it to another level in 2010-2011.

"I think we're going to be an improved team," he said. "We work out a lot together and are maturing as a team. We've been able to go to team camps and have done well at those too so I feel like we have a chance to be real good."

Jones and Ravenscroft attended team camps at NC State and North Carolina. The Ravens were champions at NC State in and lost in the finals to Phoebus (VA) at North Carolina.

"We played better than I expected," said Jones. "Anton [Gill] was hurt when we played at State so everybody had to step it up a little. He's one of the main parts of our offense so we needed to step up and that's what we did because we won the championship.

"I thought we were also good at UNC. The camp was tough and we lost in the championship game, but we competed as a team and had a chance to win it."

NC State has started to express serious interest in Jones. The Wolfpack coaches watched the 6'1, 160-pounder closely at team camp and intend on tracking his progress during this month's evaluation period.

"The State coaches watched just about all of our games," said Jones. "They've liked me a lot and are very impressed with how I've been playing. They've been contacting me and sending me even more letters since camp.. Coach Lowe said he doesn't know if he can make it to Greensboro this weekend but he's going to be in Florida watching me play."

What does Jones think of NC State?

"I like State," he said. "The coaches want me to come up for an unofficial visit and see the facilities and campus so I'm going to do that soon.

"I also know the players on NC State's team really well. I've played with or against all of the new guys, and I'm cool with some of the older guys like Tracy Smith... I played with him in a summer league game before."

Jones, who plays on the AAU circuit with CP3 All-Stars, is the starting point guard for Team Stackhouse in the S.J.G. Greater NC Pr-Am league. Taking the floor with highly-regarded prospects such as Reggie Bullock, Harrison Barnes, and John Henson has given him added confidence.

"It gives me motivation to be like them and work hard every day," said Jones. "It's an honor to play with all of those big-time players. I started the first game so that was great."

With an early on the table from Richmond, Jones knows that his college should be paid for. He is also hearing for a bunch of other programs and believes a few could be close to offering.

"Richmond offered me after their Elite Camp and I'm also hearing from NC State, Miami, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, ODU, and Tennessee," he said. "I think Miami and NC State are real close to offering me a scholarship."

Jones maintains that he is wide open and is in no hurry to make a decision.

"It's okay if I go out-of-state, but I probably don't want to go too far away from my family," he said. "I like playing in the open court but I can also control the team so I'm looking for a good fit. I'm also looking to see if I can get early minutes.

"I don't really have any early favorites. I'm going to wait and talk it over with my family... see who all offers me a scholarship."

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