I went to a scrimmage last night at Dunwoody High School to get a look at Jordan Jones and his Saint Francis Knights. It was only a scrimmage but both teams fought hard and wanted to win badly. It really felt like it had a playoff atmosphere. Aside from Jones, Saint Francis had a handful of impressive players, many of whom are on the radar of Kennesaw State.
Jordan Jones is every bit of the 6’8″ 200 pounds that were advertised. He played hard and was very intense when he was on the court.
Because of his size, I think that Jones’ best position in college is power forward but he will give the Kennesaw coaches plenty of options with in-game mixing and matching. On offense, he is more of a wing player than a banger which is the exact opposite of 2013 transfer power forward Nate Rucker. If KSU wants to spread it out, Jones would clearly be the more effective option. He could also play the small forward spot in a big lineup. I wouldn’t rule out Jones packing on about 20 more pounds in the next few years.
He scored roughly 10 points and had his fair share of rebounds, but it doesn’t matter how much you score when you play for a really good team and that’s what Saint Francis is. They have so many talented players but they are so young. If I’m not mistaken, all of their key contributors besides Jones are either freshmen or sophomores.
Sophomores Keshawn Gibbs and Kaiser Gates were also impressive. Gibbs drove the lane, took some contact and powered his way through for a layup with about five seconds left in regulation. The 6’6″ Gates showed off a nice touch from outside. Freshman Kobi Jordan-Simmons was very impressive as well. I didn’t have a roster with me, but I want to say that Malik Beasley also played a great game.
For Dunwoody, Paris Ballinger displayed some dazzling passing skills and a nice outside shot. He will be playing Division I basketball somewhere next year.
With about two minutes remaining in overtimes and Saint Francis with a one point lead, the lights randomly went out. The referees didn’t know what to do so they let play continue for about 20 seconds. In that time period, Ballinger of Dunwoody knocked down a three to give them an 89-87 lead. The referees finally stopped the game, huddled up and disallowed everything that happened once the lights went off and called the game 87-86 for Saint Francis.